If you’ve committed to taking better care of your skin in 2016, adding a toner to your skincare routine is a great place to start. Toners are an important skin care step because they get your cleansed skin ready for your serums and treatment products, allowing those products to work more effectively. Treatment products such as anti-aging and spot lightening moisturizers and emollients can be the most expensive products in your skincare regimen. Boosting their efficacy probably sounds like a really good idea, no?
Toners also pack a skin-benefiting punch all their own. Here are a few of my favorite toners, with some guidance on which skin type they are best for (though each is universal enough that anyone can use any of them – promise.)
Institut Esthederm Cellular Water
This is an extra-gentle (fragrance-free, dye-free, preservative-free and hypoallergenic) option that’s great not only for prepping skin for other products, but also for setting makeup application as well. It is an aerosol bottle that sprays an extremely fine mist, so you don’t have to fret about large drops of liquid smudging your cateye. Institut Esthederm invented Cellular Water (or Eau Cellulaire) to replicate the water found naturally in the skin. While the demineralized water generally used in cosmetics is pure, it does not provide an ideal cellular environment for the skin. Cellular Water was specifically designed for stressed skin that lacks vitality. Its high levels of mineral salts boosts the effectiveness of all other skin care products applied subsequently.
Lavido Hydrating Toner
A botanical-based toner, great for all skin types. Lavido formulated this gentle facial toner with organic pomegranate peel, orange blossom (a.k.a. Neroli – my favorite!) and carrot. The delicately-scented aromatherapeutic Neroli hydrosol water, derived purely from the distillation of orange blossoms, moisturizes the skin and relieves tension. Used after cleansing, this toner can be applied with a cotton round to thoroughly remove any traces of makeup left over. It also works to tighten and close the pores, leaving skin refreshed and ready for serum and/or moisturizer. Don’t let the flowery ingredients fool you, this truly unisex toner can be used by men as an after shave tonic to soothe and repair sensitive post-shave skin. You can also spray directly onto skin whenever you want a quick skin refresh with aromatherapeutic benefits (I’m looking at you, frequent fliers).
Ursa Major 4-in-1 Face Tonic
This is the most robust of all the toners listed here, as it will really help cleanse skin as well. You can find 4-in-1 Tonic in the cult favorite Essential Face Wipes (a post-workout MUST), or if you prefer spray bottle format, Ursa Major’s Traveler’s Skin Care Kit has a perfect travel size bottle of the tonic as well.
4-in-1 Face Tonic cleanses – removing oil and grime without stripping skin of its moisture or throwing off skin’s pH balance. It also exfoliates – dissolving dead skin cells and clearing clogged pores with its 3% natural AHA/BHA complex. It heals skin – soothing irritation and inflammation and accelerating healing (great for razor nicks). It even hydrates and firms! The natural scent is a refreshing, medicinal brew spiked with orange, fir and lavender. I love all Ursa Major products because they use the highest-grade natural ingredients (99.9% natural, 53% organic to be exact), sourced wherever possible from family-owned, sustainable growers. There are never any petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs. All products are also vegan, gluten & cruelty-free.
Vine Minus Ion Care Water
This “water” is so much more than just that! By far the most multi-tasking product we sell, Vine Minus Ion Care Water is a great antibacterial choice to treat acne-prone skin or even occasional breakouts. Care Water can be sprayed anywhere from hair to heels, and reaps different benefits depending on where you spray it. On the skin, it is extremely healing and antibacterial, thanks to the negative ions. Many customers who suffer from acne have reported major improvements in the condition of their skin with regular use. It is superb as a skin and hair “primer”, really boosting the efficacy of all products applied after it. It is also deeply moisturizing, actually drawing moisture to skin and hair.
What’s your favorite toner? Do you rotate? (Yes, of course I do.) Tell us below!