How to use cleanser & toner

Updated April 17, 2017

Maintaining healthy, vibrant skin requires proper technique and product knowledge. Cleansers are used to clean the skin of excess oil, dirt and make-up, while toners balance the skin's pH and remove residual oils. It is important to find products that cater to your skin; whether it is sensitive, oil, normal, combination or mature. Speak to a beauty specialist or dermatologist to learn about the right cleanser and toner for your skin.

Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your face.

Squirt a quarter-sized amount of cleanser into the palm of your hand and gently rub your palms together.

Press the cleanser onto your skin, beginning at your cheeks and working around your entire face in small, circular motions. Don't forget about the often overlooked places, such as the corners of your nose, temples, neck and chin.

Rinse the cleanser from your skin using warm, running water. Once the cleanser has been completely washed away, pat your skin dry using a clean towel.

Soak a cotton swab in toner. Swipe it over your entire face using smooth, upward motions.

Allow the toner to remain and penetrate your skin. Do not rinse.


Choose an alcohol-free toner if you have dry or sensitive skin. The alcohol can be irritating to some skin types so opt for a moisturising, balancing toner instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Cotton swabs
  • Towel
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