Best Toners

Have you ever heard of the CTM method? While most people are happy to cleanse and moisturise, toning often gets forgotten. Using a toner is a great way to ensure that your pores are completely clean and it gives you an extra dose of active ingredients that soothe acne-prone skin, remove excess oils and reduce hyperpigmentation and redness. Read more…

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Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner 🏆 2024

4.5  (29) Summary
KanomSA52 posts
Face mist is a winnerObsessed with this product. It’s so handy when I’m feeling hot and flustered. Definitely picks me up and keeps me going. I don’t get any irritation from it either which is great. Show details
NicoleNSW72 posts
Very happy with this product, but I use it only in summerI like the Nivea range because it is fairly good and cheap.

However, I use this Toner only during summer.

In winter it leaves my skin too dry. It's good on its own and even better if combined with the Nivea Cleansing Milk.

My husband uses this toner and likes it a lot. :)

Kerri K.
Kerri K.QLD3 posts
KimNSW12 posts
Best sensitive skin moisuriserVery good for sensitive skin, no reactions at all. Beautiful texture and leaves skin soft and smooth. No fragrance. Perfect for sensitive skin combined with matching cleanser. I have used day and night for over 12 months and am still very happy.

Teen drama to wonderMy daughter is 14 and has struggled with oily skin, black heads , large pores and the common pop up pimple. This product in a week has changed her skin dramatically. Show details
phoenixdSA259 posts
Skin Juice Bio Juice

Skin Juice Bio Juice

5.0  (3) Summary
StaceWestern Australia2 posts
Amazing products, beyond amazing serviceAfter package delivered damaged Skin Juice sorted for me immediately when couriers did not. Brilliant service and products are amazing. Skin feels soft and hydrated, very happy with products, thanks Show details
ShanVIC14 posts
brangilmoreNew York2 posts
Decent alcohol free tonerI used this toner couple of months ago. This toner was good for my sensitive skin. Nothing else I wanna say about this. If you have sensitive skin, you might wanna consider toner.

Don’t waster your moneyWorst toner I have ever bought. Used after face wash and cotton balls was white. So then used my old toner and left over makeup was on that cotton ball. Plain water even took more off. I don’t write reviews but I don’t want people to waste their money.

Alicia K
Alicia KQLD15 posts
E.L.F. Mineral Face Primer

E.L.F. Mineral Face Primer

3.7  (3) Summary
Jen W.
Jen W.VIC3 posts
Love itI’ve always had issues with foundations separating on my skin. This primer is easy to apply, gives a silly smooth finish and gives my skin a flawless finish - even on my old 50 something skin. Show details
MotherMoon6210455 posts
Nu Skin Nutricentials Range

Nu Skin Nutricentials Range

4.5  (2) Summary
elizabeth b.
elizabeth b.NSW
I love this productI think this particular line is amazing for skin and its helped with my early developing wrinkles (I'm 30 years old so I can feel age starting to set in). All in all great product, I would say it can be a bit on the pricy side if you are just getting started. I also recommend these to my friends and downlines :) xx Show details
KaitlynC87NSW2 posts
Nicely hydratingThis is a nice face mist. Smells lovely. I purchased before boarding a flight for sone mid flight hydration and it worked fine. Its not my favourite mist and a little on the pricier side, but it does the job. Show details
NicoleQLD5 posts
Glass skinBrings radiance and glass like skin to your complexion! Pair it at night with a retinol cream or serum and you will wake up with gorgeous skin! Beautiful toner will forever use!
jo l c
jo l cSA44 posts
Very angry and disappointed customerI'm very very angry with dr Lewin have just seen how much they have reduced the amount you get in their toner and cleanser range these products have gone from 200 'ml to 120 'ml and only reduced the price a couple of dollars you have lost a customer dr Lewin this is just so wrong money grabbing I was a very long time user not any more !!!!!!!!

Skin Doctors Instant Facelift

Skin Doctors Instant Facelift

1.3  (21) Summary
D. M. F.
Elizabeth Arden Refining Toner

Elizabeth Arden Refining Toner

2.5  (2) Summary
A bit Hippy Mist Toner

A bit Hippy Mist Toner

1.0  (2) Summary
AWFULLY PAINFUL BURNSAwful product. After using this spray on myself, it left me with burns and a hot painful red rash on the face and neck.

My mother also reacted the exact same way, as we tried the product together while having a “pamper”.

Definitely do not recommend. Show details

JudyQLD14 posts

Woman using face toner

What does face toner do?

Face toner goes by many names. It can also be referred to as a skin toner, an astringent, clarifier or freshener. Toners remove toxins from the skin that cleansing may have missed as well as salts, chlorine and other minerals commonly found in tap water. It can also provide the skin with nourishment through a mix of active ingredients.

Skin toners can be a great addition to your skincare routine, especially if you wear heavy makeup or have oily or acne-prone skin.

Toning can have the following benefits for your skin:

Restores pH balance of skin
Prevents breakouts by absorbing excess oils
Allows any serums and moisturises to absorb into skin better
Removes salt and chlorine from rinsing with tap water
Minimises the appearance of pores
Alcohol-based toners may irritate sensitive skin

Reduces the risk of breakouts

Not only can toner help tackle an existing breakout by cleansing the pores, but it can also prevent future ones by tightening the pores and making it harder for dirt and oil to accumulate there. This lowers the risk of infections, acne or skin irritation.

Restores the skin’s natural pH balance

Some rough cleansing methods and products such as using hot water and rough cloths can upset the pH balance of the skin, making it susceptible to dryness, bacteria and infections. Toners can restore your skin’s pH after cleansing to better protect the skin.

Help treat acne and oily skin

Toners were traditionally created to remove excess sebum and oils - all things that cause acne. However, it’s also important to leave your natural and essential oils in place which will allow you to treat oily skin and acne. Overstripping can lead to excess sebum production which can cause acne but using a mild toner that moisturises the skin can prevent this.

As a result, it’s useful to keep an eye on what ingredients are in your toner. For oily and acne-prone skin, toners that include exfoliating properties such as salicylic or glycolic acid can help clear pore-clogging offenders. Toning lotions can help hydrate and soothe the skin while fighting inflammation.

When do I tone my face?

The CTM routine involves cleansing, toner and moisturising in that order. That means face toner should be applied after cleansing and before moisturising. This effectively cleans grease, grime and dirt and as a result, helps any serums or treatments work better.

Can you use witch hazel or astringent instead of toner?

You'll find products such as witch hazel and astringents described as toners. Astringents work similarly to toners but contain alcohol which is used to help control oil and shine and to steralise the face.

Toners may also contain alcohol, but can be found in alcohol-free formulas as well. An alcohol-free toner is milder on your skin than an astringent and can also be used every day to help finish the cleansing of your skin.

Like a facial toner, astringents minimise the appearance of pores but can be particularly drying making them unsuitable for those with dry or sensitive skin.

Examples of astringents include calamine lotion, distilled vinegar, rubbing alcohol, silver nitrate and witch hazel. Astringent solutions are recommended for insect bites, fungal infections and minor skin irritations, but not for daily cleansing.

How do I apply toner?

Toners can come in a spray or lotion format. They should be first applied to a cotton pad or gauze and then used to wipe the face.

Toning lotion can be used for cleansing and removing excess oil from breakout spots on your body such as your chest, back, neck and shoulders.

During warm months, a skin toner can come in handy to combat breakouts caused by sweat, sunscreen and sand clogging pores as well as a mid-day refresher.

What is the best facial toner for my skin?

Below are a few tips on how to find the best toner for your skin:

  • Those with oily skin should choose an alcohol-free toner that also exfoliates to help to get rid of dead surface cells that clog the skin. Ingredients include amino fruit acids, salylaic acid or glycolic acid.
  • Those with dry skin should choose a toner that helps hydrate and preps the skin for easy moisturisation absorption. Hydrating ingredients include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, rose water, Sodium PCA, Lecithin. Avoid toners with alcohol in it.
  • Combination or normal skin types can use any type of toner, but for everyday use, it’s recommended to use an alcohol-free toner.
  • People with sensitive skin should opt for an alcohol-free toner that's gentle and free of fragrances and harsh botanical oils.

Types of toners

Some of the most popular toners include:

Pore-minimizing toner

This type of toner works to reduce the appearance of pores, and it typically contains ingredients such as an astringent to thoroughly cleanse pores. They will not, however, change the pore size; they will simply clean it so thoroughly that it appears smaller.

Korean toner

Popular toners in South Korea are quite different from most other toners in that they contains no alcohol and thus provides a lot of hydration. The ingredients in each product differ, but the majority are known to provide an attractive glow.

Rose water toner

This all-natural product is made from roses that have been distilled in water and is one of the gentlest toners available, making it ideal for anyone with extremely sensitive skin.

Hyaluronic toners

This toner contains higher concentrations of hyaluronic acid, a hydrating and anti-aging ingredient that helps to hydrate skin while reducing visible signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.


You'll want to look for ingredients that are tailored to your skin type and concerns. Here are a few popular ones:

Salicylic acid: This is a beta-hydroxy acid that helps dissolve oil ideal for oily or acne-prone skin.

Lactic acid: Great at tackling discolouration, toners that contain this alpha-hydroxy acid (a gentle chemical exfoliant) can improve the tone and texture of your skin.

Niacinamide: Niacinamide is hydrating and calming for the skin, ideal for those with sensitive or dry skin.

What to look for in a toner

Here are some things to look out for when you are buying the best toner:

Skin type

As with any skincare product, you should choose a toner that is appropriate for your skin type. If you have sensitive or oily skin, an alcohol-free toner is recommended. A toner with additional moisturising effects such as a hyaluronic toner will benefit those with dry skin.


Toner ingredients differ from product to product so always read the label to see what's in it and make sure nothing will irritate your skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, alcohol should be avoided in toners, but there are some ingredients that may be beneficial.

Hyaluronic acid, for example, is great for moisturising, aloe vera hydrates the skin and antioxidants protect the skin after applying the toner.

Skin issues

If you have skin concerns, you should look for a toner that can help you solve them. A toner that exfoliates, for example, can help with acne, while rehydrating face tonics are a good choice if your skin has a lot of dry spots..

You can look through reviews on our website to help you make up your mind about the best toner to buy.

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