If you’re new to any kind of routine, go easy on the acid tone. Maybe do it every other day for a few weeks/months until your skin gets used to it. I’ve been doing this step about 4 years now so I use every day (sometimes twice a day). Soak a cotton pad (I use Tesco value). Swipe over one half of the face (avoid the actual eye, but I go quite close), then turn the pad over and do the other half. Done.
It is normal to feel a slight tingle – not ok to feel burning *I want to scratch my face off*. Acid toners resurface the skin like a scrubby exfoliator does, but without the harshness. They contain acids and plant sugars that help to get your glow back a bit. They help with scarring, pigmentation and pores. I wouldn’t be without them now, so much so, that I only do a manual scrub exfoliator about once/twice a month on my nose only.
Ones I use:
Pixi Glow Tonic – 18 pounds (my pound sign doesn’t work?!) http://www.pixibeauty.co.uk/glow-tonic
Clarins Gentle Brightening Exfoliant – 24 pounds http://www.escentual.com/clarins/cl110110_002/ or Clarins counter in Boots.
Other ones that I have used and love include :
REN Clarifying Toner – 10.40 (currently on offer in M&S – normally 13) http://www.marksandspencer.com/ren-clarifying-toning-lotion-150ml/p/p22228871 * This is much gentler so a good one to start with*
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant – 17 pounds http://www.lookfantastic.com/aveda-botanical-kinetics-exfoliant-150ml/10541414.html
First Aid Beauty exfoliating pads – 20 pounds feelunique.com or lookfantastic.com