Diana Crisan Jan 15, 2015

You may not give this extra step much thought, but once you know the benefits, you’ll be sure to add it into your nighttime routine! Facial toner plays an important role in the way your skin looks and feels — not only does it ensure a deep clean, but it regulates skin balance, tightens pores and provides hydration for perfectly plump and glowing skin. Sounds like a no brainer to us! So, why are you skipping this simple step when you could get perfect skin instead? Here to help you decide which toner is perfect for your skin type, we have esthetician Amy Goldenberg of Luxelab in Pasadena, California.

Added Hydration: The key to youthful skin is maintaining moisture and hydration. “Toners with Vitamin E soothe and refresh skin to instantly leave your complexion looking healthy and luminous,” says Goldenberg. If all you need to do is saturate a cotton ball and give your pretty face a swipe for soft skin, we’re game!

Product Recommendations: The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner, Vichy Pureté Thermale Refreshing Toner

Exfoliating Agent: Exfoliating regularly has never been easier! Micro-exfoliating toners visibly reduce pore size by gently unclogging dirt, oil and other impurities after cleansing. “Products with Beta-Hydroxy Acids or Lipo-Hydroxy Acids efficiently remove excess residue and decongests clogged pores, leaving skin refined and purified,” says Goldenberg. 

Product Recommendations: L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Toner 

Clarifying Solution: “To help combat acne, use a toner with salicylic acid to encourage shedding of dead skin cells that cause congestion … and therefore, unwanted blemishes,” says Goldenberg. Look for an alcohol-free formula that won’t dry skin out, but leave it feeling conditioned and refreshed to promote fast healing.

Product Recommendations: Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Clarity-Activating Toner, The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner 

Treat Dry, Sensitive Skin: “If you have sensitized skin, you should use a hydrating toner with skin-comforting ingredients like rose, chamomile or honey (a natural humectant),” says Goldenberg. Toner will gently purify skin and leave it feeling healthy and hydrated without the heavy feel.

Product Recommendations: Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner, Lancôme Tonique Confort

Balance Oily Skin: Balance your skin’s pH levels with a gentle daily toner to keep oil and acne at bay. “I especially recommend toner to my clients with oily skin to remove excess dirt or oil left over on the skin after cleansing,” says Goldenberg. Regular use of a toner will train your pores to handle excess oil, shrink enlarged pores and help your skin get a handle on shine!  

Product Recommendations: Biotherm Pure-Fect Skin Toner, Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner

Must-Have for All: No specific skin problems? (Lucky you!) No problem! A toner is still an essential step for preserving your skin’s perfection, while balancing and brightening your complexion. “Maintain your youthful glow by using a toner with glycolic acid to keep away fine lines and fight congestion,” says Goldenberg. 

Product Recommendation: SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner

Is toner a step in your nighttime skincare routine? If not, will you give it a shot? Sound off in the comments below! 

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About the Author:Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.

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