Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV.
When I tell my patients that I am going to explain to them how to use their cleanser and toner, they often look at me kind of funny like, who doesn’t know how to use a cleanser and toner? Let me tell you how to get the best results from your cleanser and your toner. First of all, when you’re using your cleanser, use warm water, not hot, not cold. Hot water over-dries your skin and cold water makes it difficult to get all of the dirt and debris off that the cleanser is capable of removing. First start by wetting your face with warm water and then put some of the cleanser on the tips of your fingers, then gently massage that cleanser with the tips of your fingers into your face for 20-30 seconds. Rinse with warm water and pat dry, then take your toner and, to me, toners and astringents are the same, their purpose is to increase the effectiveness of the cleanser, to synergize with the cleanser at removing any oils, debris or dead cells the cleanser didn’t get off or to even remove the cleanser that the water didn’t get off. Take your toner and, instead of taking a round cotton ball which absorbs just too much of the toner and wastes toner, instead take a thin cotton pad, put some toner on the cotton pad, and with this cotton pad , gently wipe your face several times and, as you do, you’ll see hues of yellow, or brown or even gray coming onto the pad. That’s the material that the toner is helping to remove. Keep wiping until you stop removing that color, wait a few seconds for the toner to dry, and then pat your skin dry. I promise, if you use this technique, you’ll get the best results from your cleanser and toner.
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