So you’ve been neglecting facial toners in your natural skincare routine? Excuse me while we lift our jaws off the ground. If you don’t use a face toner, you’re only getting half the cleansing and hydrating power of your skincare routine. There are plenty of reasons to invest in a facial toner (or astringent), and we’re about to fill it in!
If you’re used to adding a toner to your natural skincare routine – or are looking for a better one – check out the guide below. We’ve broken down the best uses for facial toners, and customized a toner suitable for every skin type. dry skin? Combo leather? Acne-prone skin? There is ink to that!
Remind me, what does a facial toner do?
Toners, like serums, often don’t get the praise they deserve. It’s not just acne-prone skin types who need this natural skincare gem. Not only will toners reduce your chance of breakouts; They can also balance the pH levels of the skin, hydrating it, as well, Tone your skin for a healthy texture and increased nutrient absorption.
Astringents, a close relative of toners, are designed to tighten and reduce large pores while regulating oil production—both symptoms are trademarks of oily and acne-prone skin.
Toning is an absolute must after exfoliation or cleansing, especially if your skin is acne-prone. Facial cleansers can wipe away surface dirt, oil, and impurities, but they can loosen the deeper parts of your pores if you don’t double-cleanse. Depending on how well you rinse, there may also be leftover detergent residue on the leather surface. This residue can be easily wiped off with a natural toner, leaving skin prepped for serum and moisturizer.
Facial scrubs are heavyweight when it comes to removing dead skin and deep impurities from pores. But after you’ve finished your exfoliating session, you’ll be left with dead skin cells and exfoliating particles that haven’t been completely rinsed off. With water-based, plant-based formulas, organic facial toners are designed to easily rinse dead skin cells and exfoliants from your skin. If you don’t even tone your skin after exfoliation, you’re begging for your best skin condition!
PRO type: Facial toners are great at removing dirt from deep in the pores, and the same goes for freshly plucked hair follicles. If you’ve just waxed your face, run the hydrating, soothing toner across the hair removal site. This will rinse away any bacteria or debris inside the follicle, which greatly reduces the risk of angry hairs growing inward.
Choosing a face toner for your skin type
Fermented rice water toner
Skin types: Dull, aging, normal
Main components: Sake, white mulberry, niacinamide
This is a prime example of how a high quality toner can perform as a more advanced skin care treatment. Capable of brightening, smoothing, and re-hydrating, this toner formula ticks all the boxes for glowing skin.
This natural skin lightening white mulberry water base rinses away everyday impurities, while injecting color-balancing nutrients into dull or hyper-pigmented skin. With a light and refreshing fluid body, this toner replicates the ingredient of the same name: fermented rice water, also known as sake. Sake is another ingredient that regulates melanin, which means it can calm hyperpigmentation and lighten dark spots naturally.
Niacinamide is also shown in this toner to reduce fine lines, increase suppleness, elasticity, and even your complexion.
Restorative Sea Culture Moisturizing Toner
Skin types: Dry, Sensitive, Aging, Combo
Main components: Kelp, Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Water
If you’re looking for a massive hydration boost from your toner, you’ve found Mother Mode! This facial toner is made with a base of chia seed water, which is rich in fatty acids. Chia seeds soaked in water create a watery, plumping gel texture for the skin, making this toner great for dry or aging skin types looking for softer, smoother baby skin.
Algae and kelp contain vitamins, phytonutrients and trace minerals that penetrate the skin to protect and strengthen it. Soothing and antibacterial witch hazel calms redness and inflammation after an intense exfoliation session. Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, shea water and gelatinous algae are all ingredients that intensely infuse water to instantly boost skin’s hydration levels.
Purifying astringent of tea tree and willow
Skin types: Oily acne-prone
Main components: tea tree, willow, witch hazel
Astringents take skin tone to the next level, for skin types that desperately need regulation. This botanical astringent is built to kill bacteria, soothe inflamed skin, reduce the appearance of pores, regulate excess oil, and calm redness. Now that’s a great list of facial toners!
This astringent toner does not need to strip or dry the skin to prove its effectiveness. Instead, it leaves skin purified with antibacterial herbs, hydrating it thanks to tea tree water, glycerin, and algae.
Witch hazel is well-known for its anti-inflammatory abilities, which makes it a perfect setting for this natural acne toner. Tea tree is an antiseptic and antibacterial herb, capable of opening the sebaceous (oil) glands, purifying pores, and drying out pimples. Last but not least, willow bark can lightly exfoliate acne-causing dead skin buildup, regulate oiliness, and soothe pimple-related redness and inflammation.
If you feel a lurking breakout in a corner, don’t skip this toner!
Rose water face spray
Skin types: Normal, dry, sensitive
Main components: Rose water, sodium hyaluronate, white tea
This ultra-hydrating face toner was launched in 2021 and has risen to our top selling list. Ranked second for Best Toner in the Dirty Thinkers Choice Awards, this toner comes in an easy-to-use mist format and can be used anytime in your routine.
Key ingredients include soothing florals like rose, calendula, and chamomile to soothe sensitive skin. White tea brings a toning power to the pores, while hyaluronic acid improves skin’s suppleness with instant hydration. This is the perfect toner for those who want an extra boost of hydration, without any of the heaviness.
How to use a face toner
Congratulations on your new BFF choice: a facial toner! Now you’ll just need a quick refresher on what to do and what not to do when using one of them:
Always cleanse the skin before using a toner to make sure most dirt and oil are removed
Do not dry your skin completely after cleansing and before toning. It’s OK to gently pat your face with a towel to remove excess water, but leaving a little water behind will allow the toner to absorb more efficiently (and increase hydration)
Use a cotton pad or ball to apply it to the skin. If you prefer to apply toner to your skin using your hands, just make sure your hands are clean
Apply a half dollar amount of toner to a cotton pad or ball, and apply with gentle sweeping motions all over your face
Do not rinse or pat dry – let the toner air dry while it is completely absorbed by the skin
Follow the toner with a serum, face oil, eye cream, and/or moisturizer
We hope you’ve learned a ton of helpful tips on using organic facial toners! Check out our latest facial cleanser guide to get ready for your toner routine. And remember – happy, healthy skin = you are happier!