The toners you need to give you glowing skin

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If your skin is oily or dry, toner is the answer for you

Sometimes it seems near impossible to combat skin issues. You can slather on moisturiser to battle dry skin and use mattifying lotions to absorb excess oil, but unless you’re starting your skin care routine right, all of this is null and void. Enter the best toner, which will not only help rebalance your skin, but will leave it glowing.

What is a facial toner?

The purpose of a toner in any regular skincare routine is to cleanse skin and refine pores, giving your complexion a more even tone. And while toners have been typically for oily skin types that need an extra cleansing boost, many of them are now packed with extra skincare benefits, like hydrating and soothing properties.

What does facial toner do?

Firstly, it shrinks the appearance of pores. Wiping your face with toner removes oil build up, which gives the appearance of smaller pores. Secondly, it gives your skin pH balance. Due to the alkaline nature of soap and most of the best face washes, the pH balance of our skin gets disturbed. This makes your skin work in overtime to try and balance it again, which can result in excess oil. Using a toner stops this in its tracks. Thirdly, it can be a great moisturiser. Toners these days have humectant properties, which means they help bind moisture to the skin. And finally, it adds a layer of protection to keep environmental aggressors at bay.

How can I find the best toner?

The key to finding the right product for you is to identify your skin type and your main skin needs. Oily and spot-prone skin will benefit from exfoliating, balancing toners. While dry or combination skin types will need hydrating, moisturising properties too.  And if you have sensitive skin, look out for added ingredients like aloe vera, which soothe skin and reduce inflammation. For recommendations, check out our guide on how to find the perfect toner for your skin type.

If you’re worried about a toner drying out your skin, make sure you choose a formula that is alcohol-free. Likewise, excessively oily skin types may benefit from the drying effects of a natural alcohol ingredient. And if you’re looking for a mid-day skin pick-me-up, try one of the spray toners. They can be used under or over make-up to give skin an instant brightening boost as well as a moisture hit.

Scroll through to find the best toner for your skin type.

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