Everyone knows step 2 of a basic skincare regimen: to tone or use astringent. But do you know that the way you rub it on can dramatically spell the difference between having nasty pimple marks, and well, not having them?
We learned this during our last visit to the Aivee Clinic at SM Mega Fashion Hall, when our facialist swiped our face in toner-soaked cotton balls so gently, we fell asleep. When we awoke from our slumber, she explained the reason for this nap-inducing trick, "Friction causes dark spots."
Now we know, a lot of girls tend to get so, how do you say, gigil, with the cotton ball. We scrub and rub our noses and foreheads as if we are a dentist in search of a cavity. So imagine our surprise upon learning that such vigorous cleansing methods could in fact shock the skin and cause it to form the very dark spots we are trying to prevent!
Struck by this epiphany, we dug up our science books and discovered that any form of trauma could lead the skin to produce melanin, which causes post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation -- or in terms understood by normal people like you and I -- those annoying dark spots.
So the next time you glide on that Eskinol (don't hate, it's a classic), just apply a small amount of toner on a cotton ball or pad (don't oversoak!), so that it can glide smoothly over your face. Move it gently in small circles across your T-zone, your forehead and nose and allow it to do its magic. As beauty mogul Cassandra Grey once said, "In polite society, a well-maintained skincare routine is one of life's great successes." Think of that word: polite - the next time you demurely caress your skin with a cotton ball...
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