Facial Toner Guide

Facial toners have come a long way since the days of using harsh astringents with a high alcohol content that left your skin feeling like it's on fire and dehydrated at the same time. These days, formulas are way more gentle and targeted to specific skincare needs and most beauty experts consider toners to be an essential part of a good skin care regimen.

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So why do I need a toner?

While the specific ingredients and benefits of each toner may vary, here's a general overview of why they rock:

  • Hydrates your skin
  • Cleanses
  • Balances pH levels
  • Minimizes pores
  • Reduces oiliness

woman using cotton round on face

How do I use a toner?

  1. Remove all makeup and cleanse face.
  2. Soak a cotton round with your favorite toner.
  3. Sweep saturated cotton round over your entire face and neck and top of chest.
  4. Allow toner to dry, then moisturize.

toner with cotton rounds

What kind should I use?


If you have dull skin avoid toners that have alcohol listed in the top 5 ingredients. Ingredients such as lactic acid and glycolic acid are ideal. Papaya extract is also really great for brightening up your skin. Click here for a great option.


If your skin is sensitive opt for a formula that's alcohol free and contains skin-calming botanicals,such as rosewater.


If your pores are large and in charge, look for a toner that contains alpha hydroxy acids, which are great for removing dead skin cells and impurities that accumulate around the pores and make them more noticeable. You can try this cult favorite.


If you have oily or acne-prone skin you'll want a toner that contains salicylic acid, which targets zits, excess oils and clogged pores.