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How to Pick the Best Toner for Your Skin Type

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Adding a toner into your skincare routine might feel so 1997 (hello, alcohol-filled Neutrogena astringent!). But the toners of today are nourishing and can play a key role in keeping your skin hydrated. Incorporating this step into your skincare routine is simple. Let’s start with why you even need a toner in your skincare regime.

Why You Need a Toner In Your Skincare Routine

Toners can be effective at maintaining the skin’s pH balance at a 4-4.5, which is ideal for optimum skin health. Even something as normal as cleansing with soap and water can increases skin’s pH levels to close to 6. That’s quite a jump—and it can trigger our skin to create more oils, and get rid of its natural micro-flora. Those micro-flora keep skin healthy, balanced and clear.

Toner can also be thought of as a pre-moisturizer. When the skin has been properly cleansed and then toned, it’s more receptive to moisturizers and serums. Those products work even better to give your skin the results it desires.

How to Pick the Best Toner For Your Skin Type

There are a few ingredients that are great for all skin types when it comes to toners. These will benefit your skin on a deeper level, and help balance and maintain your skin’s health and pH levels for a calm and contented complexion.

  • Aloe Vera
  • Rose
  • Chamomile extract
  • Cucumber extract
  • Hyaluronic Acid

Toner Ingredients to Look for: Oily/Acne Prone Skin

Oily or acne-prone skin has different needs, especially if skin is overproducing oil. Look for these ingredients with slightly astringent and antibacterial properties to help balance skin, and reduce oil:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea Tree
  • Willow Bark (aka: Salicylic Acid)
  • Witch Hazel

Try: Dr. Alkatis Organic Herbal Toner, White & Elm Chamomile Balancing Facial Toner

Toner Ingredients to Look for: Normal/Combination Skin

Normal or combination skin is closer to its natural pH level on its own—but that doesn’t mean it can’t use some toner love! Try these soothing, yet potent ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Willow Bark
  • Witch Hazel

Try: Edible Beauty No. 2 Citrus Rhapsody ToniqueFitglow Beauty Calm Sea Toning Mist

Toner Ingredients to Look for: Aging/Dry/Sensitive Skin

Aging, dry or sensitive skin needs extra love and hydration. Essential oils with hydrating and soothing properties are a great complement.

  • Aloe Vera
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Rose

Try: Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin D Moisture Mist, MUN’s No. 11 Anarose Toner

About The Author

Nicolle Mackinnon

Stemming from her personal journey to treat her celiac disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Nicolle serves as a writer and editor for several leading publications helping women understand how important, stylish and fun it is to commit to clean beauty. By way of her contributions to No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and numerous beauty brands' blogs, websites and social media, Nicolle has become a trusted voice on the correlation between health and beauty. Follow her journey on Instagram and connect with her via nicollemackinnon.com.