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Many of us are guilty of skipping toner after cleansing our face, since it often does feel like an optional step in your skincare routine. We’re here to remind you that it’s actually an important step between cleansing and treatment, and one you should definitely consider incorporating into your daily routine.
Not only do toners make sure your skin is completely clean and free of any remaining residue and grime after cleansing and exfoliating, they’re also loaded with ingredients that provide added benefits like boosting hydration and brightening skin.
Like most skincare, you’ll likely have some trial and error before finding your perfect match, but if you’re looking for a few recommendations of where to start, here are some of the best toners on the market that work on several different skin types — whether you suffer from dull, dehydrated or acne-prone skin.
If you had to pick one toner, make it this one. This pore-diminishing toner is formulated with 100 percent natural salicylic acid to control oil and reduce the appearance of blackheads and breakouts. It not only unclogs grime trapped inside pores, but also exfoliates by removing dead skin cells and works to improve skin’s texture.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $34
Using the antioxidant power of fermented green tea, AmorePacific’s anti-aging essence is formulated with only six very powerful ingredients. Green tea leaf extract helps improve skin’s clarity, texture, and elasticity with anti-pollution properties, offering powerful results that make this product worth its steep price tag.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $125
Dior’s lotion water has a lovely texture and scent, and is formulated to clarify, brighten and hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling silky soft. Exfoliating papaya enzymes and anti-oxidizing power of iris florentina keeps the skin glowing, making it an ideal choice if you suffer from dull or dehydrated skin.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $65
If you have an acne-fighting skincare regimen, save a spot for this bad boy on your shelf. It boasts a combination of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids, all of which target acne, excess oil, and clogged pores. A blend of potent active botanicals — like green tea, eucalyptus, and Irish moss extracts— along with natural antiseptic properties to absorb excess oil and tighten pores.
SHOP IT: Ole Henriksen, $29
This toner is part of the new Abeille Royale collection, a skincare line that diminishes the visible signs of aging with pure royal jelly concentrate. Created for all skin types, this toner targets dullness and uneven texture, and features Ouessant honey — an ingredient rich in amino acids, which is key to revitalizing the skin.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $75
This non-stripping toner includes real rose petals and hyaluronic acid to minimize the look of pores and keep skin hydrated. Three key ingredients also give a much-needed boost to your skin: rose fruit extract that’s known for its toning properties, rosewater for soothing the skin and angelica leaf extract for retaining moisture.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $59
Featuring a two-in-one formula that preps and softens skin like a toner, and moisturizes like a cream for extra hydration, this pick is ideal for all skin types. It’s formulated with white tea leaves that are rich in amino acids, and are harvested once a year which helps to moisturize and soothe irritated skin.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $43
This bestselling, cult favourite toner gently accelerates cell renewal and also has a reputation for being magic in a bottle. It’s made with hero ingredients such as glycolic acid, aloe vera, and witch hazel that are recommended for clearer, softer skin. It works best for acne-prone skin thanks to the 5 percent glycolic acid and collagen-boosting ginseng to amp up the glow factor.
SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $38
Infused with Sakura ferment, this formula includes double-flowered cherry blossoms from Japan and sake leaves fermented with cherry yeast so that skin feels soothed and supple. The product delivers concentrated potency to plump the appearance of fine lines and works to renew and hydrate skin.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $30
A cult-favourite product tha’s a go-to among many beauty enthusiasts, this French toner has been dubbed as a magic potion that truly does it all. It exfoliates, hydrates, and balances skin’s pH, leaving it glowing and hydrated.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $259