When I was younger, I swore by toners. I was convinced they helped to close your pores (they don’t, and there’s no such thing as “closing” one’s pores). And then I found out using a toner was optional – into the bin my last bottle went.
But as I became older, I began adding a toner into my skincare routine again, especially after being inspired by the 10-step skincare made famous by Korean beauty. I now use toners not to “close” my pores, but to exfoliate or hydrate my skin, depending on what my skin needs. I rotate among three toners, but use one to two at any given time based on my skin condition that day.
One of the toners I’ve been using for the past year is the Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Alcohol-Free Toner. At first, I was sceptical about the product – how effective would a bunch of flowers suspended in liquid be? Very effective, it seems.
A week after I started using it, I realised why the product is one of Kiehl’s bestsellers and a mainstay of the brand since the 1960s: It actually helped improve the condition of my acne-prone, sensitive and dehydrated skin.
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