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
4.6 from 25 reviews

Sukin’s Hydrating Mist Toner combines chamomile and rose water to help soothe, tone and cool tired skin. It does not contain sulphates, animal derivatives, synthetic fragrances or parabens.

  • Sustainable, natural and vegan

  • Use before or after makeup application

  • Hydrating and moisturising

  • Skin TypeDry Skin (1), Sensitive Skin (1) and Combination Skin (2)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (2)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (0) · No (4)
  • Ease of Application
    4.8 (4)
  • Smell
    4.7 (3)
Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner

Enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5, Nivea’s refreshing toner purifies & tightens the skin's pores after cleansing. It’s a soothing lotion that leaves your complexion looking fresh, firm & revitalised.

  • Refreshing and gentle

  • Affordable and accessible

  • Lotus flower and vitamin E

  • Contains soap and alcohol

Biore Triple Action Toner
4.5 from 11 reviews

Biore’s Triple Action Toner with an active blemish-fighting ingredient effectively cleans skin and penetrated pores to reduce breakouts so you get clean and clear skin.

  • Clears spots effectively

  • Contains salicylic acid

  • Good for oily skin

  • Strong alcohol smell

Clean & Clear Oil Controlling Toner

Clean & Clear Essentials Oil-Control Toner contains acne-fighting salicylic acid to help prevent pimples. It is oil-free so it won't clog pores as it works deep down to the pores to control oil, help prevent oily shine, pimples and blackheads and common skin problems.

Skin Doctors Instant Facelift

Skin Doctors’ Instant Facelift is a cosmetic facelift without the surgery that works in 5 minutes to instantly smooth wrinkles. It contains a unique triple-action ingredient combination that lasts for hours and helps to improve both the elasticity and tone of the skin.

Nivea Pure & Natural Range
5.0 from 5 reviews

Latest review: I received my sample in the mail and used it this morning. It seemed to have soaked into my skin and left my skin beautifully hydrated and smooth. I would recommend it and with winter coming it is

Byphasse Lotion Tonique with Rosewater

Latest review: Really good for my skin, honestly does wonders for my face. I encourage the use of it as my face feels so soft after use and there is a significant difference in my face if I have not used it in a

Skin Juice Bio Juice
5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: These are the best products I've ever used. They are a must if you want really natural skin care that keeps your skin supple and young looking. The Sun Juice is an excellent sunscreen and doesn't

Jkosmmune Toner
5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Lucky I found the review site!. Every time I use this on my face, I feel so clean and soft which makes my skin look bright! I love this product! Five

Nu Skin Nutricentials Range

Latest review: Overall I have been looking for new products as I have been using the same products for a few years and as my skin is ageing ( I am 63 ) i am looking for products that are gentle and easy to use. I

Lancôme Absolue Premium Bx Advanced Replenishing Toner

Latest review: This would have to be the best toner i have used by far it out does Cinique which i like and Estee lauder which i like but dont like paying for fancy packaging. This toner replenishes the skin and

Dr. Lewinn's Purifying Toner

Latest review: Another lovely toner hat is gentle and just sweeps away any make up, cleanser left behind, or grime from the day as with the other toner this also comes out on special so you get more product for the

Vacay Body Tan Drops
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I noticed a beautiful tanned look in my face without having to use foundation to get a nice tanned complexion with these drops. My husband also noticed it too which reassured me it looks natural.

Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner

Latest review: Recently bought this product after it was recommended to me by a Beauty Therapist on a cruise ship, we were on holidays, I decided to have a facial and this brand of toner was used. I cannot

Uriage Thermal Water Spray

Latest review: This product gives me immediate skin hydration. I use it after face wash and it can really soothe my skin immediately. I thought the product would be less useful than other brands products, but it

Pelactiv Essential Clarifying Toner

Latest review: After cleaning with pelactive products this is a refreshing part of my skin care plan. Smells really plesent. Can be used on hot days to refresh your skin and cool down. Really refreshing if kept in

Mukti Organics Mist Toner
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: This product has a great smell that relaxes and uplifts you at the same time. It comes in a spray application bottle that you can either spray directly onto your face, or spray onto a cotton

Clarins Toning Lotions
4.8 from 5 reviews

Latest review: This is my go-to toning lotion which works well on my face. It does not make my skin dry or cause any irritation. Clarins Toning Lotion is the right choice for me because it is mild. I've also

A'kin Orange Blossom & Chamomile Refreshing and Soothing Toner

Latest review: I love the A'kin range as its natural and for some reason it feels so much fresher and your skin feels fresher and well toned. It has great packaging and the product would have to be the best on the

Innoxa Super Sensitive Range

Latest review: Very 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

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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:

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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.

Ingredients

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.

Ingredients

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.