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Toner (skin care toner, that is) has a vital role to play when it comes to getting your best skin ever - face toner comes in all shapes and sizes (well, formulas) to target different concerns. They’re best used swiped onto skin right after cleansing, and right before using a skincare essence. Here’s our guide to using skin toner for perfect skin.

Skin toner is a great multi-tasking skincare product - some work as an additional cleansing step, wiping away any leftover makeup. A simple alcohol-free toner is great for this step, plus it suits all skin types too. Using a face toner is a great way to prep your skin for the rest of your routine - but that’s not all they can do. Different kinds of toners are best for different skin types.

What Are the Different Kinds of Face Toner?

Depending on your skin type, you can also use an exfoliating facial toner or a hydrating one. An exfoliating facial toner has low amounts of acids to gently break down sebum and excess dead skin cells for clear, glowing skin. 

Ingredients like glycolic, mandelic, and lactic acid usually feature in exfoliating formulas to brighten and exfoliate. Types of skin that benefit the most from this toner formula are normal and mature skin.

What Skin Toner Should I Use?

The best toner for your skin varies depending on your skin type. Getting the best results for your skin means giving your skin what it needs - normal to dry skin types need products that focus on hydration, while oily and combination skin types need more help with keeping skin shine-free all day long. 

Toner for Dry Skin & Normal Skin

A hydrating facial toner is formulated with humectants to draw extra water into the skin, keeping dehydration and flaky skin at bay. The best formula for dry skin is usually super nourishing and contains hyaluronic acid and panthenol. 

A tip for dry skin is to pat it in with your hands until absorbed, instead of using a cotton pad like with other toners. You’ll save product by not using as much at once, and your skin will benefit more, too. Normal, dry and mature skin will appreciate a hydrating formula the most!

Toner for Oily Skin & Combination Skin

Another common formula is face toner with witch hazel - this astringent ingredient helps to minimise oil production and reduce inflammation. The best toner for oily skin usually contains witch hazel and sometimes salicylic acid - an ingredient to reduce sebum production for less greasy-feeling skin. These formulas can be swiped on day and night for mattified skin.

After using a toner, skin care products to follow should either be essence or serum, then your moisturiser to lock in all that goodness. 

At Beauty Affairs, we have all kinds of toners and face mists that’ll suit every skin concern and skin type! From Lancôme (great for dry skin!) to toners from all your favourites like Declaré, L’Occitane and GA-DE - we’ve got you covered. Shop now and get 3 free samples with every order!

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