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Welcome to Ask The Makeup Diva™! Our resident expert, The Makeup Diva, answers makeup and skin care questions sent in by readers just like you.

Q: I just bought a new cleanser/toner-in-one, but I am wondering, can you really cleanse and tone all in one step? Doesn't that step need to be broken out? It is kind of like shampoo plus conditioner; how can you do both?

A: Cleansing and toning does not have to be a two-step process. As a matter of fact, toning is really an unnecessary step if your cleanser is removing all of your makeup and not drying the skin out. I know a lot of people enjoy a toner after the cleansing process and it certainly doesn't do any harm. Always look for a toner without alcohol, which is very drying, and other skin irritants such as witch hazel, which on sensitive skin can be a problem. All in all, using a cleanser and toner in one is absolutely okay, as is using the toner after cleansing.

While we are on the subject, I thought you'd like to know how shampoo-plus-conditioner works, too! Basically, the shampoo part finds the dirt and oil in your hair and latches onto it. The conditioning ingredients stay suspended while you lather. As you rinsethe dirt and oil are rinsed away, and the conditioning ingredients work with the water to stay on the hair. Clever, huh?

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