The Best Toner for Your Skin Type


Although some facial routines are complex and others simple, toner should be a part of everyone’s daily regimen. Not only does toner shrink the appearance of pores by ridding the skin of excess oil, but it also helps to balance pH. Toner wipes away whatever dirt, bacteria, and makeup are left clinging to the skin after cleansing. An important note is to avoid alcohol based toners, as the alcohol will dry out the skin and reap more negative effects than good. Depending on your skin type, some toners will work better with your skin than others. Finding a great toner that works with your skin and fits into your facial routine is easier than you think. Read on to explore toner options that suit your skin!

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be the most difficult skin type to find a toner for because one wrong ingredient can cause the skin to inflame or break out. Choosing an alcohol-free toner is essential for sensitive skin to prevent inflammation and redness. Simple’s Soothing Facial Toner sells on Amazon for about $8 and will last a few months if used twice daily. This gentle formula leaves skin feeling fresh and clean. Another great option is Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater for $7 on Amazon. Feel free to use this soothing spray at any point during the day for a pick me up!

Dry Skin

Dry skin needs the added hydration that some toners can provide as well as a good moisturizer in the morning and night. Similar to those with sensitive skin Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is an excellent option that will lock in hydration without clogging pores. Another great option is Jovee’s Rose Skin Toner which sells for $13 on Amazon. Make sure to look for a toner that is both refreshing and moisturizing.

Combination Skin

Combination can be tricky since sometimes the skin is oily, sometimes it’s dry, or even a combination at once. A great option is Thayers’ Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Toner for $9 on Amazon. This formula works for any skin type and is all natural. Another option for combination skin is Origins’ United State Balancing Tonic for $23 at Sephora.  

Oily Skin

If any skin type is going to ignore the no alcohol rule, it should be oily skin. A great option is Origins’ Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner with Saw Palmetto and Mint for $31 on Amazon. This gentle formula gets rid of oil and decreases shine. Another great option is La Roche Posay’s Serozinc Mattifying Toner spray, which sells for $14 on Amazon and is great for on the go cleaning.

Acne Prone Skin

Anyone who’s experienced acne has dealt with the struggle of finding the perfect cleansing products. Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap  Problem Skin Toner helps fade dark marks and acne scars, and sells for $11. Another great option, similar to combination skin, is Thayers’ Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Toner for $9 on Amazon. This toner is great for blemish prone skin since the witch hazel helps reduce the appearance of acne and stops new breakouts from forming.

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