Like most skincare products, facial toners aren’t formulated with a one-size-fits-all approach. While commonly known for its ability to remedy dehydrated skin, toners are varied and can help target different skin concerns from acne to oiliness. Going the extra mile and adding this step to your skincare routine can make a real and visible difference in the skin’s moisture levels — that is if you’re using the right formula for your skin type.
Traditionally, toners used to be very drying due to the alcohol and astringents that remove oil from the skin. Newer astringents used in many of today’s formulas are meant to prep your skin to receive active ingredients, by restoring the skin’s natural acidic state and adding hydration to improve penetration of such ingredients. It’s also vital to avoid toners with alcohol, as the additive can contribute to a compromised moisture barrier and dry the skin even further.
Navigating all the toner options on the market can be overwhelming, so we’ve done the work for you. Read on for five of the best hydrating toners for dry and flaky skin.
Restoring skin barrier with evening primrose oil and omega fatty acids, Paula’s Choice Advanced Replenishing Toner hydrates, plumps and protects against skin damage with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.
Formulated with squalane, apricot and avocado oil, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner will leave you with softer and hydrated skin.
CeraVe‘s alcohol- and fragrance-free toner is infused with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and help maintain the skin barrier, giving you the softest and brightest complexion yet.
The COSRX Centella Toner features centella asiatica leaf water, which heals and calms irritated and inflamed skin. The product is also formulated with hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated, supple and plump.
The Antioxidant Hydramist from Dermalogica is antioxidant-rich to protect against free radical skin damage Formulated with rose and clove extracts for a refreshing feel, this mist doubles as a toner, ideal for use after cleansing or throughout the day.