Finding the Right Toner for Your Skin

Here, we will answer some of the questions you have about toners and how they can actually help to hydrate your skin, rather than drying it out.

If you’ve heard about toner and are looking to incorporate one into your skincare routine you may be wondering where to start. Should you use one before or after washing the face? Will it be drying? Is it harsh on sensitive skin? Don’t worry, using a toner is super simple and we’ll help you to figure out the best way of matching it to your skin needs.

Will toner dry out my skin?

This is probably the first question you’ll ask yourself when it comes to choosing whether or not to use a toner. Old school toners used to use alcohol to strip away impurities, but these astringents served to actually make the skin drier by stripping the skin completely prompting the glands to overproduce oil to combat them.

Nowadays, alcohol is less widely-used in favour of kinder and more gentle ingredients that help to maintain your skin’s natural balance, leave the skin looking brighter, and give your skin some much needed oomph.

Man using toner

Are toners good for sensitive skin?

As long as you use a toner that has been designed for your particular skin issue, such as sensitivity or dryness, it won’t do you wrong. The reason some people struggle with toner is due to the astringents in the ingredients. Choosing a toner like the Bulldog contains aloe vera and green tea which are both known to have moisturising properties.

It absorbs into the skin without leaving an oily residue, meaning your dry skin is thoroughly nourished. It will remove the day’s build up of grime and soothe sensitivity.

Aloe vera plant

Is aloe vera toner good for skin?

Aloe vera is a well-known skincare ingredient that you will find in many products. One of the reasons it is so popular for all types of skin is that it has moisturising and soothing properties that make it beneficial for sensitive skin. It is also known to be a good anti-irritant, making it a great choice for those who struggle with sensitive skin but don’t want to compromise on their skincare.

We source our aloe from a Guatemalan community trade project that pays workers above average wages – guilt-free skincare at its finest.

Do you use toner on dry or wet skin?

After you cleanse your face, pat it dry with a clean towel (don’t rub your face as this can cause irritation), then use your toner. It’s always best to use a toner on dry skin so it can really get to work.

One of the reasons you should use a toner after your cleanser is that cleansers tend to be higher alkaline which means they remove oil; using a toner will restore that pH balance and get your skin feeling great.

What toner should I use for sensitive skin?

Choose a toner that is made for you. That means it uses ingredients that work for, rather than against, your skin. The Bulldog Original Toner is just the trick. With aloe vera, camelina oil, and green tea, you’ll be able to enjoy the same toning benefits as men without sensitive skin.

Try out a toner today and see what difference it makes to your skin. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our skincare ranges too, we’ve got something to suit every skin type.