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How do I Choose the Best Dry Skin Toner?

By Haven Esme
Updated May 17, 2024
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Many people go through various steps in order to keep their skin in top condition. Washing, exfoliating, and using other beauty treatments can all help maintain the skin’s glow and beauty. One step that some cosmetic companies believe is necessary for a healthy skin regimen is to use a skin toner. Individuals of all skin types can use a toner for their skin.

Skin toners have many benefits including giving the skin a natural warmth and improving the skin’s circulation. Improving the circulation of the skin can help to reduce wrinkles as well as fine lines. Skin toners also improve the skin by tightening the pores, which gives the person a more youthful look.

Unfortunately, individuals with dry skin have to be more careful in the types of toner that they apply. Although there are many different types of skin toners available on the market, those with dry skin should look for a toner that will not continue to deplete their skin of natural and necessary oils. It is also important that an individual follow the dry skin toner with the moisturizer. Applying moisturizer after using a toner can help keep skin hydrated.

It's vitally essential that individuals with dry skin avoid any commercial toners that are alcohol-based. Many toners contain large amounts of alcohol, and although alcohol has a remarkable ability to thoroughly cleanse the skin, it also dries the skin. Some skin toners contain acetone, which can also have a drying effect. It's essential that an individual who suffers from dry skin use a toner that does not contain any chemicals that will strip natural oils from the surface of the skin or remove water from the skin.

In addition to avoiding products like alcohol and acetone, individuals with dry skin should look for certain ingredients in their dry skin toner. Rose oil, cucumber, chamomile, and witch hazel extract all contain hydrating properties, which is perfect for dry skin. If a person cannot find the right dry skin toner in their local store, she can always create her own dry skin toner.

Combining rosewater and glycerin is an easy way for people to concoct their own natural dry skin toner. Another homemade dry skin toner includes boiling two handfuls of mint in water and applying it to the face with cotton balls. In some cases, a person may want to skip using toner altogether if they cannot purchase or produce a toner at home that is beneficial for their dry skin.

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Discussion Comments
By SarahGen — On Mar 18, 2013

I have very dry skin and I've been using rose water as a toner for years. The reason I use a toner is to clean my face and close my pores and rose water does that well.

Warm teas are also great toners for dry skin. Sometimes I use my leftover black tea from the morning as a toner. I just dip a cotton ball in it and cleanse my face with it. Black tea is an astringent so it closes pores without drying out skin.

The best part about using tea as a toner is that it's so cheap!

By bear78 — On Mar 18, 2013

@fify-- If you have dry skin, I think it's best to avoid toners with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant, it removes dead skin cells.

Even though it won't irritate skin like a physical exfoliant (scrub) will, it will still dry out skin. People with dry skin need time for their skin cells to produce sebum and exfoliating often will not allow that to happen.

Plus, most of the toners that contain salicylic acid also contain alcohol which is a no-no for people with dry skin. I would look for a facial skin toner without salicylic or beta-hydroxy acid (another exfoliant) and which contains mostly water and glycerin.

By fify — On Mar 17, 2013

I've noticed that many facial toners contain something called salicylic acid. Is this okay for dry skin?

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