Skincare 101: Why you NEED to start using toner right now


Hello beauties, welcome (back)!

Today I want to have a chat about toners. Are toners good for your skin or are they bad? What’s the deal with them? Let’s find out! 😉


A lot of people think that toners dry out skin, are only for acne or removing the last bits of makeup. This is far from the truth. The purpose of a toner is to hydrate, soothe and replenish the skin after cleansing. Cleansing removes the dirt and makeup off your face, but it also strips your skin from oils and moisture it needs. Toners restore the balance in your skin, as long as you choose the right one! And lastly, toners help your skin absorb your other skincare better, so even more reason to add it to your skincare routine!


Choosing the right toner for your skin is extremely important, because a toner with bad ingredients will do more damage than good (as all beauty products). So let’s start off with the ingredients you absolutely want to avoid:

  • (denatured) Alcohol
    • The ONLY exceptions to alcohols are fatty alcohols, which help to moisturize your skin, as they are emollients derived from natural fats/oils. Fatty alcohols include: cetyl and stearyl alcohol.
  • Perfume/ fragrance
  • Witch Hazel
  • SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
  • Petroleum
  • Menthol

Examples of ingredients that are great for your skin and you should look for in a toner include (but are definitely not limited to):

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Anti Oxidants
  • L-ascorbic acid (best form of vitamin C for your skin)
  • AHA (glycolic acid and lactic acid)
  • BHA (salicylic acid)

When should you use toner?

Toner comes right after cleaning your face 🙂

Which toners for your skin type?

Now that you know which ingredients to avoid and which ones are great, which ones should you pick for your skin type?

Dry to normal skin:

Choose hydrating ingredients that replenish your skin and get rid of dryness and flakiness. There are also milky toners, which are great for these skin types (if they contain good ingredients). Indie Lee’s Coq-10 toner is great for dry to normal skin, as well as the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial toner

Oily/ combination skin:

If you have combination to oily skin, your skin is better off with lightweight ingredients that help to control the oil levels in your skin and minimize the appearance of pores. Paula’s Choice has some great skincare products, including toners. The weightless advanced repair one is great for oily and combination skin. If you have very acne prone skin, I would also recommend their skin balancing toner.

Mature skin:

Toners for mature skin should be very hydrating, so ingredients like hyaluronic acid and AHA are great, because they minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, while also improving skin texture. I often order the Advanced Replenishing toner for my mom and she loves it.

For all skin types:

I love pure rose water, because it soothes and it has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s good for all skin types and it helps with a variety of skin issues. If you decide to go for pure rose water, it’s very important to use good quality rose water. Make sure that it’s not mixed with alcohols and fragrance! The Alteya Organic Rose water contains 100% pure rose water, as it should be (you also get 17oz/500ml for a very affordable price!). 

Lastly, Grown Alchemist has a great Rose, Ginseng and Chamomille toner for all skintypes, that doesn’t contain all the yucky ingredients that we shouldn’t use ; )

What are your thoughts on toners? Do you use one, if so which one? Leave a comment down below!



  1. June 11, 2018 / 9:15 pm


    What to do when someone have Oily skin with acne? What toner you will suggest?

    • June 11, 2018 / 10:41 pm

      Hey, the Paula’s choice skin balancing toner is great for skin that is oily and acne prone 🙂

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