When it comes to skincare, I prefer the most practiced, traditional 3-step regime cleansers, facial toners, moisturizers — that’s mostly it. And I, for one believe that toning is essential, and it’s getting to a ridiculous point where I collect them. And the benefits are myriad: pH re-balancing, bacteria combating, pore refining, oil relieving, and many more.
Facial Toners are used after cleansing your skin and (depending on the list of ingredients) deliver skin balancing ingredients, for smoother, healthy looking skin. They can moisturize or help control oil depending on the formula you choose. In addition, facial toners can also come as lotions or sprays.
Skeptics will say that, yes, it’s actually possible to live without facial toners, but I believe that’s only because they probably haven’t found the right one yet. If you’ve found yourself in that category, it’s about time you meet your match. Ahead are my six suggestions for facial toners:
For Acne: Erno Laszlo Light Controlling Lotion
Light Controlling Lotion, Erno Laszlo | Source: Pinterest.com
For those who does not use facial toners regularly, or find them too drying – I would recommend using Erno Laszlo’s Light Controlling Lotion. Since my skin is more acne-prone, whenever I have the urge to pop a zit (bad example, I know), I immediately dip a cotton bud into the bottle and swab the area to disinfect. It’s mostly alcohol, but it has clove oil, which is an antiseptic. Keeps the blemished area from getting too angry, and helps it heal quickly.
For reducing inflammation: Darphin Intral Toner
Intral Toner, Darphin | Source:Instagram.com
The floral water sensation of Darphin’s impeccable toner will make you feel as if you went for a spa treatment. Not only it smells really wonderful and will get heal puffy, red, and dry skin.
For fighting bacteria: Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Toner
Calendula Herbal Extract Toner, Kiehl’s | Source: Pinterest.com
If you’re looking for a gentle, alcohol-free toner with an apothecary vibe, this is the ideal choice. It is full of herbs without being heavy or cloying, and the allantoin inhibits bacterial growth. This will leave your skin feeling soothed and fresh, and the real flower petals floating in the bottle make it look like an amazing potion.
For removing excess oil: Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Toner
Umbrian Clay Purifying Toner, Fresh | Source: Instagram.com
This one for those of you who don’t usually care much for facial toners because it feels like straight alcohol, smells like it, and don’t think it does much to the skin. The Fresh one is different, though—it’s a milky-clay. Imagine that loveliness of rubbing your clay mask off with warm water, but in a toner bottle. Ideal for super sweaty days or when you’re feeling a little more oily.
For refining pores: Ole Henriksen Grease Tonic
Grease Tonic, Ole Henriksen | Source: Instagram.com
It’s hard to find a toner that’s well-balanced…something that disinfects and renews but doesn’t dry you out, and the Ole Henriksen does the trick. It’s got lactic acid, golden seal, and aloe, so it clears up oil around the nose and chin, but doesn’t overly dry out the cheeks. This toner is great for city summers and the busy lifestyle.
For sensitive skin: Kenzoki Fresh Lotus Water
Fresh Lotus Water, Kenzoki | Source: Pinterest.com
If you’ve got pretty sensitive skin that doesn’t react well to harsher toners with alcohol or citrus, and since it’s hot and humid all year long in Malaysia, all you really want is something refreshing. Spray on the Kenzoki just before moisturizing in the morning and at night, or you can use it with a cotton pad like a true toner.
Think of it like a specialized boost for your cleansing routine – its serious business.