The application for toners is all the same. Simply douse a cotton pad or cotton ball with the toner, and swipe it across all of the areas of your face. Start from the centre (nose) and work your way outwards to the forehead, cheeks, chin, jawline and neck. But like most skincare products, certain toners work better on certain skin types. In this article, we’ve handpicked the best toners for all skin types.
Best Toner for Oily Skin: Jack Black Oil-Control Toner
Jack Black Oil-Control Toner is designed to regulate oily skin and reduce shine without overdrying or being too harsh. To bring balance back to oily skin, Red Microalgae regulates oil levels by increasing moisture retention. Optimal moisture retention helps the skin produce oil at a moderate pace instead of overproducing. The product’s oil regulating properties are enhanced with the addition of Witch Hazel, a natural astringent that closes and tightens pores to further combat excess oil production.
This product is particularly efficacious for those who suffer from spots and breakouts, which are more common for those with oily skin. This toner contains tried and true blemish fighting ingredients in the form of Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Salicylic Acid (BHA). The AHA gently exfoliates the surface of the skin, removing any dead skin and visible dry flakes. Meanwhile, the BHA penetrates deep into the pores to dissolve any pore-clogging debris and gunk.
Best Toner for Dry Skin: LAB SERIES Anti-Age Max LS Water Lotion
If dry or dehydrated skin is your main concern, gentle formulations designed to soothe, protect and hydrate skin are your top priority.
LAB SERIES Anti-Age Max LS Water Lotion is a lightweight dual-purpose lotion combining the balancing action of a skin toner with the hydration of a moisturiser to refresh and tone the skin.
Best Toner for Normal Skin: Triumph & Disaster Logic Witch Hazel Toning Lotion
While normal skin is generally balanced from the get-go, it can become oily or dry depending on factors like your location, weather and the kind of skincare products you use in your grooming routine. If you’re ever in a position where your skin loses that balance, a toner can quickly and effectively bring it back to normal. The key is using one that has a mix of both oil regulating and soothing ingredients.
Made in New Zealand, Triumph & Disaster Logic Witch Hazel Toning Lotion contains a unique combination of ingredients that rebalance the skin to its optimal state. Featuring a spicy and natural fern aroma, this alcohol-free toner uses Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate and clean out excess oily residue and unwanted build-up of dead skin. Being oil-soluble, the BHA is able to penetrate deep into the skin without irritating it.
To hydrate, Triumph & Disaster have utilised a unique ingredient native to New Zealand - Mamaku Extract. Filled with mucopolysaccharides - long chains of sugar molecules found naturally in the body - this ingredient provides exceptional moisture to the skin. Perfect if the skin is ever feeling pulled or taut. And to soothe the skin, classic Oat Extract and Chamomile Extract are used. Both are anti-inflammatory, able to effectively soothe red and irritated skin. Chamomile is also antibacterial and antiseptic. As such, it can reduce the swelling and size of current breakouts.