The Best Toners For Every Skin Type

Toners are one of those strange skincare products that seem unnecessary. Everybody knows that they need to cleanse their face each night to ensure a clean and balanced complexion, but you’d be surprised by how few realise the importance of toners. Despite their perceived randomness, toners offer a plethora of skin-saving benefits, ranging from reducing breakouts, improving skin tone and texture, and increasing hydration. Before you decide its high time you bought a toner, know that there are lots of them and each one has been carefully created with a specific skin type in mind. More often than not, if you’re not already using one, a toner will be what’s missing from your routine and the reason your not seeing all the results. We’ve rounded up the very best toners for every skin type so you can pick the perfect one for you. 

Normal: Skincare By BEAUTY BAY 5% Glycolic Acid + 1% PHA Toner

This does-it-all exfoliating toner is a one-stop-shop to bettering your complexion. The mix of exfoliating AHAs and PHAs give this powerful solution its skin-saving abilities. Not only will it leave your face smoother, softer, and more refined, when used nightly it can help boost your skin’s radiance and reduce the formation of new breakouts. 

Oily: COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

As the name suggests, the COSRX Toner caters to the needs of troublesome complexions. Betaine salicylate curbs excess sebum production, bringing skin back to centre, while glycolic acid boosts cell turnover and clears the build-up of dead skin.


K-beauty brand Dr. Jart+ are masters of hydrating skincare. Their Vital Hydra Solution™ Biome Essence is a hydrating treatment that delivers deep, long-lasting moisture to rough, dry faces. Not only is this wonder product brimming with beneficial ingredients, the lightweight, water-gel texture penetrates quickly, leaving no residue. Massage in each night for the dewy skin of your dreams.

Combination: Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner

Mario Badescu have multiple toners to choose from but their aloe vera formula is a staple for combination skin types and those who also deal with some sensitivity. Fragrance and alcohol-free, use this toner twice a day, morning and night to keep your complexion healthy, clean, and refreshed.

Acne: Revolution Skincare Niacinamide Tonic

To stop new spots forming, you need to address the current unrest that’s occurring within your skin. Revolution’s solution is a detoxifying toner that makes use of anti-inflammatory niacinamide and calming chamomile. This hard-working ingredient helps to reset angry complexions by reducing redness and decongesting pores.

Sensitive: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner

Stressed skin needs ingredients that will comfort and soothe. Yes To’s answer is this calming elixir. Enriched with aloe vera and witch hazel, the gentle formula helps to restore the skin’s natural pH, rebalancing your complexion. Its hydrating properties also help to heal the skin, leaving it healthy and soft. 

Dehydrated: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid

The beauty of toners is that they can help with dehydrated skin. Even more reason to be using one, we say. Dr Jart+’s lightweight, gel-like formula contains a blend of hydrating ceramides and nourishing natural ingredients that put moisture back into parched skin, supporting its natural barrier. As a result, your complexion is better able to retain moisture, leaving it soft and plump. 

Scarred: Peter Thomas Roth 8% Glycolic Solutions Toner

Potent chemical exfoliator glycolic acid works wonders on scarring and this resurfacing formula is full of it (a whopping 8%). When used daily, it evens out skin texture alongside brightening, reducing fine lines and oversized pores. Bonus points for the inclusion of clarifying witch hazel and soothing chamomile.