The Best Toner for Every Skin Type
Not All Toners Are the Same
Toners have probably been a part of your skincare routine since the beginning. But, your skin's needs have evolved beyond the three steps you swore by during high school.
Not all toners are created equally, and depending on your current skin hangups, that alcohol-based formula you've been using could be doing more harm than good—especially if your complexion is on the drier side. (Related: The Best Lactic Acid Skin-Care Products, According to Dermatologists)
But, that doesn't mean you should give up using toners altogether. Used as a pre-game to your favorite serum and moisturizer, they can help the skin absorb these products' active ingredients better, and wipe away any leftover makeup your cleanser didn't get. To help you find the toner you should be using, we've rounded up the best ones for every skincare struggle.
For Oily Skin: Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner
For Acne-Prone Skin: Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner
This toner keeps skin balanced so that you're never too oily or too dry. In turn, your pores will be clear and you'll be less likely to breakout. For existing blemishes, the formula is infused with phytic acid, a natural exfoliant that soothes inflammation and fades old acne marks. (Read these 7 facts that could help clear your skin.)
For Dry Skin: Erborian Ginseng Milk
Using a toner on skin that's already pretty dry may seem counterintuitive, so in this case, try an essence instead, which should be patted directly onto clean skin rather than swiped over the surface with a cotton ball. Erborian's ginseng-rich formula hydrates skin but also improves skin texture and tone.
For Anti-Aging: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
Give your other anti-aging products an extra boost by using SK-II's cult-favorite essence as the step before your serum and moisturizer. Its hero ingredient is pitera, a clear liquid rich in vitamins and amino acids that's found in sake during the fermenting process. Pitera kick starts the skin's natural repairing process which will reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. (Here: Find the perfect cleansing stick for your gym bag.)