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10 Best Face Toners

Face toners are a critical step in your skin care routine, you may have heard of toners or even used them, but do you know why they are an important step in your skin care routine? Well, we are here to set the record straight on what toner is, how to use it, and what to look for.

Gone are the days of skin stripping astringent toners, today's formulas are much more advanced, packed with skin boosting benefits of hydrators like glycerin and ceramides and exfoliators like glycolic acid to leave your skin glowing. But how do you choose the best one for your skin type?

So, what is toner?
Toners are water based solutions that help balance the skin’s pH levels. The best time to apply them is straight after cleansing, the goal of the toner is to deliver more hydration to the skin and also prime the skin for the rest of your skin care routine, as they allow the remainder of the products to penetrate the skin more effectively.

What are the benefits of toner?
Toner can help deliver added nutrients and benefits into the rest of your skincare routine. They can help increase hydration for a dull complexion, shrink pore size, or exfoliate to brighten and improve hyperpigmentation by removing dulling surface cells for more even skin.

Why should you use toner after cleansing?
The main reason is to help fully cleanse the skin. Even when you double cleanse, some oil or debris may be left behind. Toner also helps to refine the skin after cleansing. You can use toner in both your morning and evening skincare routines. It is ideal to incorporate toner into your skincare routine immediately after cleansing.

How do you use toner?
Toner can come in a liquid form, which is poured onto a cotton pad and then swept onto the skin. It is also available in a spray, which can be spritzed directly onto the skin both during your skincare routine and throughout the day as needed for a boost of hydration. This also helps to deliver essential moisture to your skin. Finally, toner is available as a mist or an essence, which are usually richer and deliver extra benefits to the skin. After applying toner, you can then follow with the rest of your skincare routine, applying your moisturiser, serums, eye creams, sunscreen etc!

Discover our top 10 bestselling face toners for whether your concern is dry, sensitive, oily or acne prone skin.

Best Value Toner: Medik8 Daily Refresh Balancing Toner 150ml

Best Toner for Dry Skin: Hydropeptide Hydraflora Probiotic Essence

Best Toner for Acne: Murad Clarifying Toner 180ml

Best Toner for Combination Skin: Decleor Neroli Bigarade Facial Toner 200ml

Best Toner for Oily Skin: Skinceuticals Blemish And Age Toner 200ml

Best Toner for Sensitive Skin: Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist 177ml

Best Brightening Toner: Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic 250ml

Best Anti-Ageing Toner: Dr Dennis Gross C Plus Collagen Perfect Skin Mist 88ml

Best Hydrating Toner: Dermalogica Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist 150ml

Best Natural Toner: Absolution Rich Revitalising Botanical Water

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Alex Echeverri
Monday, April 18, 2022
Murad Clarifying Toner 180ml


Clarifying Toner 180ml


A facial toner that instantly refreshes and purifies oily, combination and acne prone skin, with witch hazel to tighten pores and algae extract that works to regulate sebum eliminating oil and shine for hours, keeping pores clean and clear.

£30.00 £14.00
Dermalogica Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist 150ml
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Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist 150ml


This facial mist saturates skin with hydration, and locks in moisture, improving its vitality and helping it bounce back from the signs of stress and fatigue.

£49.00 £42.00
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Blemish And Age Toner 200ml


Formulated with a triple blend of exfoliating agents that work effectively on ageing skin prone to breakouts and blemishes.

£46.00 £42.00

Daily Refresh Balancing Toner 150ml


An alcohol free toner complete with prebiotics to balance the skin and prepare it for the absorption of active ingredients.

£19.00 £17.00

Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic 250ml


Brighten your complexion with this resurfacing toner. Your solution to dullness, uneven skin tone and uneven texture, leaving skin smooth, refined and bright.