The best toners for different skin types

Whether or not toner is part of your morning or evening routine, we have a comprehensive list for all skin types.

The tonic lotion is a very controversial step of care: is it essential or superfluous?

It depends on many factors: the condition of the skin, how much time and budget one wants to spend on their skincare regimen, and whether or not targeted treatment is needed.

There are many benefits to adding a toner to a morning or evening process (or both) as it can help soothe, clarify and brighten skin tone with regular use.

What is Facial Toner?

It’s a water-based product that can remove leftover dirt or makeup, soothe skin, and depending on the formula, can help treat dark spots, melasma, redness, acne, and balance PH levels. skin.

When should I apply a face toner in my skincare routine?

The skin toner should be used after washing the face and before any serum or cream. It should be applied with a cotton ball by pressing gently on the skin (rather than dragging it). It can be used daily after cleansing.

What types of ingredients are used in skin toners?

There are several key ingredients to look for: an exfoliating toner like AHA/BHA (dark spots, uneven skin tone), witch hazel acid for acne-prone skin, and hyaluronic acid and aloe (for acne-prone skin). dry).

The cult favorite tonic that isn’t sold in stores

Biologique Recherche Lotion PS50 is the most sought after and highest rated facial toner in the world.

Made by a serious French skincare company that creates complex formulas to treat “skin instants”, it’s not a heavily marketed or branded product, but it consistently makes beauty product lists. PS50 Lotion has the consistency of water, it smells weird (some users think it smells like cheese) and it acts as a gentle chemical exfoliator to brighten skin, reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines and even the dyed.

This product is not available in department stores or mega beauty stores like Sephora; Instead, find it at a clinic like Glow Dermal Therapy in Vancouver, which offers online delivery. Buyers must be logged into a website to see the price.

The Drugstore Skin Toner Reviewers Love

Thayers Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner is a consistent choice for the prestigious Allure Best of Beauty award because it’s soothing, alcohol-free (so won’t dry out skin), made from organic witch hazel, and reviewers love that it leaves skin feeling perfectly clean skin. There are several options for different skin concerns; Original (combination skin), Rose Petal (oily skin), Coconut Water (dry skin), Unscented (sensitive skin). Available at Amazon and from $12/bottle.

The celebrity-approved skin toner for chemical exfoliation


GOOPGLOW Flower Acids Resurfacing Toner is a chemical exfoliator (as opposed to a grainy physical exfoliator that sloughs off dead skin) that won’t strip skin or leave it dry and flaky. It resurfaces with acids like hibiscus and prickly pear flowers and hydrates with aloe vera juice and glycerin. $60 at Goop and Sephora.

The trusted, best-selling skin toner

Kiehl's Toner

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner is made with squalene, apricot kernel oil and avocado oil. It is suitable for all skin types, has a fresh scent and a strong base for all skin types. $29 at Sephora.

Tonic Influencers Love It

Pixi Glow

Have you ever dreamed of being able to cheer yourself up with a bottle? Pixi Glow Tonic from the UK is just that: a superstar glycolic acid toner that influencers love because it treats uneven skin, dark spots caused by skin lesions or acne scarring and complexion irregular. $20/bottle, available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Vitamin C Brightening Toner

Vitamin C+E Toner

Sephora’s house brand Ultra Glow Toner with Vitamin C + E is vegan, cruelty-free, and a good option for skin that doesn’t have any specific concerns and just needs a little help with it. skin tone and radiance. Users love the price and it is suitable for all skin types. $16 at Sephora.

The toner for sensitive skin

Avene Tonic

Avène Gentle Toning Lotion is specially designed to soothe and nourish easily irritable or reactive dry skin. Formulated from 98% Avène thermal spring water, it doubles as a make-up remover and helps protect the skin from external aggressions such as pollution and indoor humidity. $22.99 on

The toner for acne-prone skin

Murad Clarifying Toner

Murad Clarifying Toner is specially designed for breakout-prone skin. It contains witch hazel, seaweed extract, grape seed extract and vitamin E to help control oil production without stripping the skin. If the skin is prone to dryness or sensitivity, this can be replaced with a milder toner a few times a week, as Murad products are intended to fight acne. $38 at Sephora.

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