How Do I Choose the Best Skin Toner?

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  • Written By: Amanda R. Bell
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 24 February 2020
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In order to choose the best skin toner, you will have to pay close attention to the list of ingredients on the package. If you have oily skin, you may want to choose a product with alpha-hydroxy acid or other oil-reducing ingredients. Those with dry skin should avoid products with these ingredients, and opt for those with vitamin E or other oils. Products meant to soothe sensitive skin often work best for people whose skin is easily irritated or who are prone to redness, and a green tea ice cube may be ideal.

While a skin toner is not always necessary, it is often recommended by dermatologists for those with oily or acne-prone skin. If this describes your complexion, look for products with hydroxy acid, either alpha or beta, both of which help to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from your pores. For those who prefer natural products, a skin toner containing witch hazel can have similar effects. In most cases, it is best to avoid skin toners labeled as astringents, as these typically contain alcohol. This ingredient can be extremely drying, and, while it will likely temporarily reduce oil production, it can cause your skin to create even more oil in response to the sudden dryness.


If your skin is prone to dryness, even if only in certain areas, look for moisturizing ingredients when you are choosing a skin toner. Vitamin E and wheat germ oil are common in moisturizing toners, and can help to relieve dryness. When choosing this type of product, look for items labeled as moisturizing, and avoid anything with alcohol, witch hazel, salicylic acid, or other drying ingredients. It is also important to note that not all toners come in liquid form. For those with especially dry skin, choosing a skin toner lotion may be best.

Skin toners are often notorious for irritating sensitive skin. Despite this, there are products available that will provide the cleansing and balancing benefits of toners without being too harsh. Products with chamomile extract, glycerin, and natural ingredients like prickly pear can help to calm easily-irritated skin without being too strong. In many cases, a simple rose water or rose-based skin toner can have an anti-inflammatory effect on skin, as well as aid in cleansing and toning. For many people, the best skin toner can be made right at home by simply freezing freshly-made green tea into ice cubes and gently rubbing one cube over your face to receive all of the benefits of store-bought toners without any harsh ingredients.



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