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Best Facial Toners by Skin Type | Makeup Tutorials

Still in search for the best facial toners for your skin type? Take our hand because we’re about to show you the way. 

Best Facial Toners by Skin Type

This blazin’ heat beats our skin to the nth level. Combined with a dry environment, sweat, pollution, and other external factors can lead to acne flare-ups, congested pores, or intensely dry skin. Toners help combat these issues and more, leaving you more time to think of other things like your swimsuit of choice, which beach to hit up this weekend, or where your summer destination will be.

Toners are one of the most crucial steps in your skincare routine. A good toner will restore your skin’s pH levels (which, as we all know by now, is responsible for the overall appearance of your skin; click here to learn more about your skin’s pH), remove excess dirt and oil left after cleansing, and will hydrate your skin, giving it that natural glow.

We’ve rounded up the best facial toners to help you tone, hydrate, and get your skin back to its original, lustrous state. From crazy oily skin to hyperpigmentation, there’s a toner for that.

Dry / Sensitive Skin Type

Best: L’Occitane Shea Butter Gentle Toner

For those with dry skin, the last thing you want is a toner that will strip you of even more moisture. When looking for a toner, make sure the one you select is made without alcohol and with nourishing, hydrating ingredients like shea butter and floral waters.

Runner Up: Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner

Is your dry skin making you look old? Spritz on this moisture-binding toner with soothing botanicals that will refresh, soothe and smooth your skin.

3. Forest Essentials Panchpushp Facial Tonic


This toner is formulated with natural rose, saffron, and other herbal extracts. It’s water-based which means that this baby won’t just hydrate your skin, but restore its natural pH balance as well.

4. L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Aqua-Milky Toner

With a name like that it better be good! This toner is made with glycerin and other anti-aging ingredients that work to enhance the skin’s elasticity, thus leaving your skin smoother and more youthful-looking after prolonged, regular use. It may feel slightly sticky but your dry skin will love it come winter.

5. Skintruth Nourishing Toner

Skintruth Nourishing Toner has a gentle, non-drying formula that removes dirt and oil while toning and tightening pores. This toner also reduces pore size, which means it’ll leave your skin looking smoother than a baby’s bottom. Who needs PhotoShop when you have great skincare products, right?

Oily / Combination Skin Type

Best: Murad Clarifying Toner

This toner helps gently clean your pores without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Those with acne-prone skin will also be glad to know that this toner helps eliminate breakout-causing bacteria and control shine, leaving your skin in a natural, healthy state.

Runner Up: Skinceuticals Conditioning Solution


When you have oily skin, exfoliating and maintaining balanced moisture is important to maintaining clear, smooth skin. This toner helps remove excess residue so your pores stay clear.

3. H2O Plus Sea Clear Mattifying Toner

Oily skin can be annoying, right? Eliminate that shine while retaining your natural glow with this mattifying toner formulated with refreshing, effective ingredients like micronized zinc oxide, olive extract, and the brand’s special, oil-controlling marine blend.

4. Biotique Bio Cucumber Pore Tightening Face Freshener

This toner contains natural ingredients like cucumber, berberry, peppermint oil, and pudina, which make it safe and suitable for all skin types.

5. Za True White Toner

Za True White Toner contains Vitamin C which, apart from toning and moisturizing, helps make the skin brighter and more radiant. While this won’t dry or irritate your skin, it’s best suited for oily/combination skin types since it contains alcohol. However, it should be noted that alcohol helps certain ingredients like Vitamin C penetrate the skin faster and more effectively.

6. Lotus Herbals BasilTone Cucumber & Basil Clarifying & Balancing Toner


This toner is infused with cucumber and basil leaf extracts that work together to clarify the skin, while keeping it soft and supple. Why cucumber and basil leaf? Cucumber is often used to soothe and moisturize dry skin while basil leaf contains antioxidant and antibacterial properties making it an ideal ingredient for oily skin.

For more on the benefits of cucumber, check out this post.

7. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Toner contains mattifying powders that absorb excess oil from the surface of your skin to give it a clean, matte finish. The formula of this toner is enriched with antibacterial tea tree oil that does a great job of controlling acne and breakouts. This is a great option for problematic, acne-prone, and oily skin.

8. Vichy Normaderm Purifying Pore-Tightening Lotion

Vichy Normaderm Purifying Pore-Tightening Toner is salicylic acid-based and works great at controlling oil, pimples, and whiteheads. For those with cyst-like papules, you’re going to want to take a look at this.

Healthy, glowing skin takes effort, but it’s not impossible! You’ll find that the more attention you devote to your skin–be it through establishing a daily self-care routine or investing in better skincare products–the better it’ll look.

For those with problematic skin, we have a myriad of resources on how to identify and treat stubborn acne. Check out these:

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