We’ve been trying to keep our posts simple as we answer your skincare questions. Now, let’s talk about Toners and Fresheners.
Let’s start with toners:
The purpose of a toner is to reset your pH balance. It is not supposed to cleanse your face and you should not be using a toner daily. If you use a toner every day, you are upsetting your pH balance and when you upset your pH balance; your body will respond to correct it.
Question: Porsche, How often should I use a toner?
Answer: Using your toner once per week is perfect and that’s because you just want to reset your pH balance.
There is a difference between a toner and a freshener.
Important: For those who have acne or scaly skin, you may want to use a toner that usually will have an alcohol base, but your best toner ever – will be Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
Yes, right from the kitchen! Don’t get me wrong, you can give me your money if you’d like, I have a gentle cleanser in my Semblance line – or you can go and buy some ACV and say thank you Porsche for saving me some money.
Apple Cider Vinegar is the best toner for skin types including deeply myelinated skin. However, for myelinated skin (most of the time) no matter how dark, all you truly need is a Freshener.
A Freshener helps reset your pH levels and hydrates your skin. Witch Hazel is a freshener, but a lot of people think it’s a toner. Witch Hazel adds hydration to your skin.
Skin concerns like hyperpigmentation come from not hydrating properly. In your skincare routine you want to: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. That’s when you use a freshener instead of a toner.
Yes… Witch Hazel – that stuff grandma used. You can probably buy a 32 oz container, for about $1.50, in a dollar store. Witch Hazel, found near the alcohol, is similar to alcohol (it has many uses) but it’s not alcohol. Witch hazel hydrates 10 times better than water – so, Witch Hazel is the best.
For myelinated skin, try to use something organic and try something light. You don’t need skincare products that are harsh or strong because if your skincare products are too strong, your body will over produce oils trying to fix it. Then when you use products to strip the oils, you may end up with hyperpigmentation. Don’t fight your body, let it do what it’s supposed to do and then just make sure your cleanser and everything is right for your skin.
For sensitive skin, Witch Hazel is perfect for sensitive skin. However, if you have sensitive skin and you use the ACV, it may work like a chemical peel and actually burn your skin. So, be careful with that too. If you think you have sensitive skin, use Witch Hazel.
If you wash your face and then use a toner or freshener, and there is dirt on the pad (that you’re using for the toner) – you need a new cleanser… your cleanser is not good. Please purchase a new cleanser. My Semblance product line has a cleanser for you. The line is loaded with organic skincare products to help keep your skin looking flawless.
Please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions. You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at
Remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to handle issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram for upcoming classes and seminars.
We look forward to hearing from you…