Toners remain a bit of an elusive skin-care category, for a couple of good reasons. First, they’re sometimes lumped in with other products,, such as essences and serums, which is naturally confusing. To remember the difference, know that toner is always the thinnest product out of all three. Essences are a more diluted version of serums, and serums are highly concentrated products with a silky slip. (Toners always go on before those products, right after cleansing.)
Another reason toners cause some confusion is that they’ve really evolved since first hitting the market. Once explicitly an astringent product meant to remove soap residue (from less sophisticated cleansers) and excess oil, toners now come in many varieties, to moisturize, brighten, balance, and tone.
“Today, toner is really a liquid application, to help with skin health and grooming, and has morphed into many different uses,” says Dr. Janet Allenby, a board-certified dermatologist based in Delray Beach, Florida. “The function of today’s toners is really dependent on what ingredients are being added to the toner liquid.”
In that sense, it’s really about choosing a toner that’s going to work overtime, specifically for your needs. To help you find your one true match, we’ve rounded up the best toners according to skin type.
Good article! WGS