Toner has fast become an essential part of my skincare routine over the last couple of months since I discovered the 7 skin method. One toner that I have been putting through some serious paces is Garnier’s Skin Active Rose Water Toner, for dry and sensitive skin. I’ve always had a love - hate relationship with toners, but, dare I say it, I think I’m more in love with using toner than ever before!
The 7 skin method is a Korean skincare not-so beauty secret that is the key to ultimate hydration. This time of year, when our skin is exposed to the elements; frosty mornings at the bus stop, central heating blasting, air conditioning still hanging on in there, I end up looking like a lizard. What the 7 skin method does, is it locks in hydration, putting a shield between your delicate skin and the harsh winter. In Korean beauty, a toner is called a skin. So, the 7 skin method is 7 layers of toner i.e 7 layers of skin. That is literally what you’re supposed to apply to your face. Pop a few drops of toner in your hand, pat gently on your face, then repeat until you hit the magic 7. I know, I know it sounds like a lot, but trust me - 1, it doesn’t take as long as you’d think and 2, I haven’t actually used as much product as you’d think!
I’ve always thought of toner as another cleansing step, you know, removing any grime or dirt the cleanser might have missed. This is where I’ve been going wrong all these years. My cleanser should be cleansing my skin, it shouldn’t leave anything behind. If it is, it’s not the cleanser for me. Toners, especially 0% alcohol toners, are ideal for adding extra moisture to your skin without having to use heavy duty lotions and potions.
I picked up the Garnier Skin Active Rose Toner for 3 reasons;
- It was on offer in Boots at the time for under £2
- 96% natural origin ingredients and 0% alcohol
- It was easier than making my own rose water
I’ve been playing around with homemade toners for a while now, but that’s another post - but originally, I wanted to make my own rose water. Have you seen the price of roses?? I’ll be damned if I’m paying £5+ for a 6 stem bunch when I’m only going to lob the heads off and boil them down. It didn’t seem very cost effective to me, especially when I’m trying to watch the purse strings.
No parabens, no silicones, no artificial colourants, and 100% recyclable packaging, it’s about as close to making my own as I can get right now! Rose water is amazing for your skin, especially when you’re trying to lock in the hydration. Naturally rich in vitamins A, C and E, it also boosts circulation to the skin which in turn helps repair and regenerate your skins cells. It’s super moisturising, antibacterial, and also helps to heal and fade acne scars. It’s also hella refreshing!
I used to use Jurliques rose water as a skin pick me up, especially if I was dashing off after a day at work, it gave my skin a quick drink, a much needed boost and a subtle glow that at least gave the illusion I’d spent the day as a lady at leisure, not slaving away at the 9-5! But that 100ml bottle comes in at £24! The 200ml Garnier usually retails for £3.49 but is more often than not on sale or in Boots’ 3 for 2 skincare offer - making it hella more affordable. I did originally look on Etsy for a handmade one but the prices plus postage were coming out at close to that of the Jurlique 100ml.
Let’s rewind a bit back to the beginning of this post - the 7 skin method requires you to apply the toner to your face 7 times. For the first couple of weeks I did stick to this. 7 times in the morning, 7 times in the evening. At times it felt like the biggest dose of indulgent self care, but at times it felt like a massive chore too. So I took a few liberties with it, experimented with fewer applications. For me, 3 layers does exactly the same job as 7! 3 in the morning, 3 in the evening, always after cleansing when your skin is still a touch damp. I actually think I use less toner than back in the day when I used to pop it on a cotton pad and swipe it across my face. I’ve easily gotten just over 3 months worth of applications out of the 200ml bottle, which even if I paid full price for, is about 0.006p per application!
I can’t see myself turning my back on rose water toner or the 7 (ok 3 for me!) skin method either! Winter is here and my skin is still looking and feeling all the levels of hydrated. It still might sound a little excessive for a skincare routine, but I can’t recommend giving this method, and Garniers rose water a go, even if you just trial it for the winter - you and your skin will thank me come Spring, I have no doubts!
How do you use your toner?
Until next time,