Toners for your skin type
Your skin needs toned.
It’s easy to overlook a toner in your skincare regimen or disregard it as an optional step. But skin toners have great value in restoring your skin’s healthy balance and making it look its best. Use a toner after cleaning your face and before moisturizing.
You’ll find a variety of different toners that are formulated to benefit different skin types and needs.Here’s how to pick the right toner for your skin, and a few of our faves.
For acne-prone skin
Try Murad’s Acne Complex Clarifying Toner. This toner is designed to help reduce oil and tighten pores (witch hazel is the second ingredient). It’s made with algae extract, grape seed extract and vitamin E. Clarifying Toner, $24 (plus 4% Cash Back), Ulta.com
For dry skin
Avoid toners with an alcohol base, as this can dry out your skin further. For really dry skin, try toning lotion, which contains the benefits of toner, with the added moisturizing of a lotion. Clarins Toning Lotion at Sephora.com is designed to soothe, refresh and restore pH balance, while moisturizing. No alcohol. Just soothing chamomile, linden and vitamins A, B and E. Clarins Toning Lotion, $24 (plus 5% Cash Back), Sephora.com
For combination skin
Try Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion 2, for combination dry skin that is normal or even oily on the “T zone” but tighter on the cheeks. This toner has overwhelmingly excellent reviews and is designed to help lessen dry lines. Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2, $13.50 (plus 5% Cash Back), Clinique.com
For convenience and a quick refresher
Try toning pads from Avon. If you’re in a hurry or not eager to add another step to your beauty routine, make it simple. The Clearskin Professional Clarifying Toner Pads make it as convenient as possible. Simply wipe a pad over your face once or twice a day and enjoy the benefits of clean, refreshed and vibrant skin. Clearskin Professional Clarifying Toner Pads, $10 (plus 4% Cash Back), Avon.com
If you’re on a budget
Neutrogena’s alcohol-free toner is a great drugstore find, and if you’re on a budget, it’s currently buy one ($7.99), get one half off. This toner is mild and refreshing and won’t leave your skin feeling tight or burning. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Skin Toner Liquid, $7.99 (plus 5% Cash Back), Walgreens.com