Everyone should have a toner that they use on a regular basis. Toners play an important role in your overall skin regimen. Not only do they help to gently cleanse, but they do so in such a delicate way that they won’t strip your face of their natural moisturizers. They balance the pH levels of your skin and help moisturizers and other skin treatments to be more effective. Here are five toners you’ll love. —Jennifer Cox
Tonique Confort from Lancome ($68) is a soothing, alcohol-free hydrating facial toner that improves skin hydration in just 15 minutes. Its silky serum cleanses and preps skin without irritation and reveals a visible glow. And it can be used on all skin types, even the most sensitive skin.
Wildcraft’s Clarify Toner ($27) clears any excess makeup or dirt before moisturizing. Misted on, it will calm and prime the skin in preparation for face serums and moisturizers. Aloe vera, witch hazel, and bergamot work to both hydrate and balance oil production, while rose water helps prevent breakouts.
When you need a bit more than just a toner, turn to The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner ($6). It is enriched with fair trade tea tree oil from Kenya, and the formula is perfect for everyday use because it won’t dry out your skin in the process.
Bringing true science to skincare is Algenist’s GENIUS Liquid Skin Resurfacing 2% BHA Toner ($40). It is clinically proven to exfoliate while smoothing wrinkles and plumping skin. The great part is, it’s especially formulated to address hormonal skin concerns, including blemishes, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. It will reduce the appearance of pores while refining the texture of skin and evening tone.
Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Pore-Tight Toner ($34) is a pore-tightening, exfoliating toner to help you instantly achieve pillow-soft, glowing skin. It has been raved about by those who have tried it – after two weeks, 90% of those who used this toner saw a significant reduction in the appearance of pore size, and after four weeks, they all agreed that their skin felt hydrated and replenished. Plus, it smells amazing!