Do I need to tone my skin? 

by | 16 August 2021

This is such a common and most frequently asked question within the aesthetics industry, and one that needs to be spoken about.

Firstly, what is a toner?

A well-formulated toner (also known as a treatment tonic), is designed to support the skin post cleansing by removing excess dirt and oil the cleanser may have missed, as well as balance the pH of the skin’s acid mantle and prepare the stratum corneum for the application of serums, moisturisers and masks. They can even provide their own skin nurturing benefits to the skin due to containing a plethora of vitamins and minerals.

Treatment tonics, not to mention, are also very cost-effective when it comes to your skin care routine, as they can help to prevent you from overusing your moisturiser! WIN WIN!

The name “toner” has a bad reputation, as conventional toners typically contain high levels of alcohol, and have been known to remove oil and water secretions from the skin, causing dryness, sensitivity, and inflammation.

From firsthand experience, I remember as a young kid going into my mother’s beauty cabinet and picking up a pink looking aqueous tonic that burnt my skin upon application. I remember asking my mother why she had such a thing in her bathroom, and she said, “it was given to me as a gift, but I couldn’t use it because it did the same thing to my skin.”

Treatment tonics today have improved over the years, as it all comes down to science, chemistry, and technology. Treatment tonics should be designed to work with the skin and not strip or burn important lines of skin barrier defence. A well-formulated treatment tonic can do so many wonders for our skin, it’s selecting the correct one that is the problem.

Luckily, our dermaviduals hard-working therapists put a lot of time, money, and energy into learning about cosmetic chemistry, and are trained to support your skin moving forward with the correct treatment tonic to complement your skin and its unique conditions.

Let’s explore our four treatment tonics within the dermaviduals range, to give you an idea of what a well-formulated treatment tonic can do for your skin.


Face Tonic

Refreshing aqueous dispersion with cucumber extract, humectants and panthenol

  • Calming and smoothing
  • Retains water in the skin (humectant) and regenerating (D-panthenol)
  • Cucumber extract contains amino acids – which are an essential part of corneocyte compaction (polysaccharide-amino acid)
  • Contains 3% urea – aids as a free radical scavenger and balances hydration. The primary use of urea in dermaviduals products is to provide moisture to the skin, to stop itching and to support the natural desquamation process.
  • Contains Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF) – calming, anti-inflammatory and helps with histamine reactions (stops itch)



Face Lotion M

Maintains the support and care of connective tissue and capillaries plus supplies intensive moisture and free radical protection to the skin

  • Capillary strengthening (horsetail extract)
  • Moisturising
  • Calming (cucumber extract)
  • Tightening (silicic acid)
  • Cooling & refreshing (keep in fridge in summer)
  • Strengthens connective tissue
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Regeneration (D-Panthenol)



Süüsmoon Lotion P

For care and prevention of blemished and hyperactive skin. Süüsmoon Lotion P contains liposomes, nature-identical vegetable acids, urea, fumaric acid and panthenol

  • Aids in penetration of products
  • Contains fumaric acid. Fumaric acid will help with psoriasis
  • Helps to prevent congestion
  • Regeneration (D-panthenol)
  • Helps to prevent hyperkeratinisation
  • Excellent for keratosis pilaris
  • Rich in linoleic acid

Süüsmoon Lotion N

Spray with liquid nanoparticles for the care of dehydrated, essential fatty acid deficient and lipid-dry acne prone skin. Dry skin with barrier disorders requires a high oil content to restore its natural balance. Süüsmoon Lotion N regenerates the natural skin barrier and supports the prevention of dry and neurodermatic skin

  • Regeneration for lipid-dry skin
  • Nourishing spritz for the whole body
  • Perfect after bath/shower
  • Feels like water, looks like milk – sinks into skin without leaving oily film
  • Softening & smoothing
  • Supports repair of skin barrier
  • Prevention of cornification disorder
  • Ideal for essential fatty acid deficient (EFAD) skin problems – contains both Omega 3 + 6
  • Contains choline – essential nutrient
  • Rich in phosphatidylcholine (skin identical lipid)
  • Ideal for acne tarda



From the selection above, it’s clear that “toners” aren’t what they used to be anymore, so please don’t be afraid to try one as they can truly transform your skin for the better! If you don’t have one, speak to your Practising Corneotherapist today to find out more, or alternatively, contact your nearest dermaviduals clinic here and do your skin a world of good!