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Personal Care

Best Skin Toner

Toner is a great addition to any daily skin care regiment. There is an array of different toners tailored to skin types, so it’s best to choose one that is formulated for oily, dry, normal or combination skin. Toners not only help remove dirt and makeup from the pores (as well as minimize pores), but it also restores the skin’s natural pH balance.

Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner

If you're looking for a reliable, trust-worthy skin toner you can find at your local drugstore, Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner is the best option. This non-irritating skin toner has been around since 1866, so you can trust the results are top-notch. It gently and naturally removes excess oil and impurities from your skin while leaving it smooth, balanced, and refined. This toner also locks moisture into your skin and never dries it out. Unlike the leading drugstore skin toners, Dickinson's never contains fragrance, paraben, dyes, artificial colors, or unnatural ingredients. It's simply the purest and most trusted skin toner.

Burt's Bees Rose Water and Glycerin Toner

Enjoy the pleasant rose aroma from Burt's Bees Rose Water and Glycerin Toner. This mild astringent doesn't just smell great, it also helps cleanse and soften skin. Any remaining traces of trapped dirt, makeup, or facial products are thoroughly removed, providing you with a naturally refreshed feeling. This formula is 100 percent natural, featuring rose water distilled from fresh flowers. Users praise this gentle toner for its refreshing properties and claim it leaves their skin feeling smooth and clean.

Alba Botanica Sea Kelp Toner

Regenerate and stimulate your skin's cells with Alba Botanica Advanced Facial Toner Sea Kelp, a 100 percent vegetarian skin toner. It features micronized sea kelp, a botanically powerful marine complex that instantly work to balance your skin as well as toning your complexion. Once applied it leaves your skin perfectly prepped for you nightly moisturizing routine. This balancing skin toner is formulated with additional natural ingredients including citrus extract and witch hazel as well as containing no sulfates, artificial colors, or paraben. Satisfied users claim their skin "glows" after using this toner.

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner

Ideal for acne-prone skin types, Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner penetrates pores to remove dirt, makeup, and buildup. This non-irritating formula is over 99 percent natural, containing clarifying witch hazel and lemongrass with acne-fighting salicylic acid that's naturally derived from willow bark extract. It's formulated to eliminate existing acne as well as prevent future breakouts. Users claim this clarifying toner is very effective on stubborn blemishes and doesn’t dry skin out. However, it should be noted it does have a strong scent which lingers on the skin.

Alba Hawaiian Complexion Balancing Hibiscus Facial Toner

Experience the cooling sensation of Alba Botanica Facial Toner Liquid Complexion Balancing Hibiscus. Cucumber, witch hazel, and aloe vera provide skin-purifying relief while honeysuckle, passionflower, and hibiscus extracts refresh and refine. It also gives you an even, shine-free complexion while minimizing the appearance of pores. Made from 100 percent vegetarian ingredients, this hypo-allergenic formula contains no artificial ingredients such as paraben, sulfates, or fragrances. Users were impressed by its ability to thoroughly cleanse skin and improve its complexion.

Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner, Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Formula

Neutrogena has been a reliable skin care brand for years, and this toner is a perfect example of why so many people love the brand. It sloughs away dead skin cells with alpha and beta hydroxy acids, minimizes pores, and is highly rated by users for getting rid of black heads and white heads. For those with oily skin, it's the most bang for your buck. Plus, it helps refine rough, uneven patchs on your face, leaving skin soft and refreshed with a deep clean feeling. If you have dry skin, this product will make your skin feel very tight and dried out, so it isn't recommended for that skin type.

Sea Breeze Actives Deep Clean Astringent

Those with normal to oily skin swear by this toner, claiming that even after washing their face, they still felt a deep down clean feeling from using the product. It's gentle enough for every day use, but is still effective for controlling oily shine and cleaning grim from your pores. It's also ideal for first-aid purposes--apply to minor scratches on the body to clean out bacteria. It has a clean fresh scent, costs less than $6, and evens out skin texture as well.

Biore Blemish Treating Astringent

One of the things I like about this astringent is that it works for every type of skin type, whether you have oily, dry or combination skin. It moisturizes dry areas on your face, while soaking up dirt and oil from shiny patches. It's gentle on skin but is harsh on pimples, leaving smaller pores and an evened out skin tone. It helps prevent future break-outs with a 2 percent salyclic acid formula, but also has soothing hydrating antioxidants and vitamins. The only downside is that the Biore brand is often a little more expensive than others.

Olay Oil MInimizing Toner

If you're a fan of that deep tingly feeling after using a product, then Olay's Oil Minimizing Toner is a great pick for you--especially if you have drier skin. Usually products that produce that type of sensation also dry out your skin, but with the Olay brand you don't have to worry about that because there are no acids in the toner, and witch hazel is the main ingredient. This toner gets rid of oil, dirt and makeup without stripping your skin of it's natural moisture and oils. It's ideal for those that live in extreme weather (like very hot summers or harsh winters), since the formula's added nutrients helps balance out the pH of your skin. An added bonus is that the toner has a great fresh fragrance.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

The results of this natural astringent are quick and significant. While it gives your skin a wonderful even tone, it also provides a refreshing tingle. Tea tree oil is known for it's impressive effects on pimples due to its anti-fungal properties, so you can expect that it will get rid of pimples fast and prevent many from coming around in the future. It's gentle enough to use every day, and works especially well after use of your cleanser. It has some mattifying powders that leave face shine free, and costs under $10. It is formulated for men and women, but men in particular like this product because it has a more woody odor rather than floral or citrusy.

Lancome Tonique Douceur

A pH balancing freshener that gently refines and tones skin without stripping it of the natural oils. It's ideal for normal or combination skin. The formula includes skin-softening distilled flower water, and your skin feels cool and hydrated after use. Within a couple weeks, you will notice a difference in the softness of your skin. For those who cherish toner, this is a great alternative during winter, when drying atmospheres can be harsh on your skin after toner use.

Kiehl's Rose Water Facial Freshener

Kiehl's Rose Water Facial Freshener

As stated in the name, this gentle freshener is concocted with rose extract, which is ideal as a mild astringent and facial stimulant. It's suitable for all skin types, but those with combination skin rave about it the most because it moisturizes dry areas while keeping oily areas under control. An added bonus to this product is that, when used immediately after cleansing, it removes debris, make-up and dirt while toning the skin gently with a mild amount of alcohol. If you love the smell of roses, then this skin freshener is your best bet.

Earth Science Aloe Vera Complexion Toner-Freshener

This unique skin freshener is formulated to keep skin at a proper pH level of 4.0-6.0, no matter what skin type you have. It removes any traces of impurities and left over makeup, even after cleansing, and cools the skin during use because of the mild astringent properties. The rich content of aloe, panthenol and kelp help keep skin moisturized, while calendula, lavender and chamomile reduce irritation. Then, grapefruit and licorice root extract brighten your tone. An added bonus to this pick is that the top of the bottle allows you to control the amount of toner on the cotton ball or cotton pad easily.

Edna Skin Freshener

Edna Skin Freshener

This toner provides a lot of bang for your buck. It has a lot of strong properties but is still gentle enough to use over the eyes. It's anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal while still stimulating the skin for better circulation to the face. Pure grain alcohol (a very small amount) purifies the skin, eliminating all bacteria from the pores. The product also has burnt sugar, which is an active healer and curative when applied to the skin, particularly on cuts and burns. Another great use for this skin freshener is to wet two cotton rounds and place them over the eyelids. Leaving them on for 5-15 minutes will sooth, refresh and reduce puffiness.

Body Shop Energizing Skin Boost

Get an instant pick-me-up with this energizing freshener. It revives dull looking skin, refreshes your pores, and also eliminates potential acne-causing bacteria. A unique aspect of this product is that it is a spritz, so it's easy to use on the go or at home. The formula contains Amazonian camu berry, which is known to have one of the highest vitamin C contents in nature, which encourages collagen production, improves elasticity and protects against free radicals. It also has a high aloe vera content to soothe and hydrate, perfect for sensitive skin. A little goes a long way however; too much and you'll end up with an oily complexion.

Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic

Oily skin sufferers will love Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic, which is loaded with Amazonian white clay particles that absorb excess oils all day long. White clay also provides an array of other benefits for your skin, such as minimizing pores and making it super soft. They also help reduce the appearance of dirt and debris in your pores by gently exfoliating the surface of skin, leaving it soft and smooth. The only downside of this product is the price tag, which runs around $26.

Burt's Bees Rose Water and Glycerin Toner

Enjoy the pleasant rose aroma from Burt's Bees Rose Water and Glycerin Toner. This mild astringent doesn't just smell great, it also helps cleanse and soften skin. Any remaining traces of trapped dirt, makeup, or facial products are thoroughly removed, providing you with a naturally refreshed feeling. This formula is 100 percent natural, featuring rose water distilled from fresh flowers. Users praise this gentle toner for its refreshing properties and claim it leaves their skin feeling smooth and clean.

Avon Clearskin Pore Penetrating Cooling Toner

For under $5, this toner from trusted and beloved beauty brand Avon is a steal. It cools your skin on contact, picks up all dirt, oil and leftover makeup after cleansing, and even minimizes your pores after extended use. Within a few weeks you will see anoticeable difference in your skin, particularly in the softness. It's noted for taking care of black heads and white heads, and doesn't strip your skin of the natural oils.

Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic

This soothing and refreshing complex maintains hydration while purifying your skin at the same time. It's formulated to balance out any skin type with an ideal combination of moisturize and alcohol to banish impurities and excess oil. It's free of preservatives, parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes, and leaves your skin supple and soft. The ideal thing about this product is that you can spray it on a cotton ball and apply, or spray it directly on your face as a freshener.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

The results of this natural astringent are quick and significant. While it gives your skin a wonderful even tone, it also provides a refreshing tingle. Tea tree oil is known for it's impressive effects on pimples due to its anti-fungal properties, so you can expect that it will get rid of pimples fast and prevent many from coming around in the future. It's gentle enough to use every day, and works especially well after use of your cleanser. It has some mattifying powders that leave face shine free, and costs under $10. It is formulated for men and women, but men in particular like this product because it has a more woody odor rather than floral or citrusy.

Lauren Wise
Over the past 10 years, I have held such titles as Managing Editor at the international Runway magazine (yes, like in "The Devil Wears Prada", and Editor at Where Phoenix+Scottsdale magazine, Where Denver magazine, and Where Tucson magazine. At all of these publications, I routinely reviewed new beauty, style and fashion products on the market, as well as sampled hundreds of brands. I love organic products with as little additives as possible, and absolutely cannot live without my philosophy shampoos (an Arizona beauty brand, of course), Burt's Bees night face cream, Sally Hansen magnetic nail polishes, Obagi toner and Elta|MD face sunscreen. I stay up-to-date on the newest beauty and health products in order to provide a better way of life for myself and readers with products that range from simple and healthy to edgy and daring.
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