Do you need to use a toner? Yes you do, here’s why…

Do you need to use a toner

Q: Do you need to use a toner after cleansing?

A: Often called an unnecessary step in our skincare regimen, toners have a seemingly bad rep in the beauty world. Up until recently, even I skimped on the whole toning process and stuck with my serums, cleansers and moisturisers. But after speaking to countless makeup artists, skincare therapists and, er, the internet, I realised that these formulas are indeed important.

First and foremost, if you're using a creamy or milky cleanser, toners help to remove the residue left over as well as any remaining particles of makeup or grime. If you've got problematic skin, a toner with astringent or exfoliating properties can work to reduce your pores and help combat pigmentation. They're also great as a face mist, especially when it's scorching hot outside. Lastly, many toners help to prepare the skin for moisturising and serums by softening and balancing it out.

There are also lots of options for various skin types, and many formulas are alcohol-free, meaning you don't have to worry about drying your skin out (or getting it drunk, ha...ha). Plus, they're really easy to use too. After cleansing, simply pat your skin dry and saturate a cotton pad with a toner before swiping it over your face, avoiding the eye area. You don't even need to rinse it off!

So get ready to spritz and splash your skin into shape with these 10 toning must-haves.

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So now you've read all that, what do you think? Do you need to use a toner? Tell us in the comments below!


  • thepinkshoe says:

    I use the sanctuary spa pore refining toner and I love it so far. It is very gentle and has a lovely rose scent.
    I wish I used a toner more when I was younger but I thought I could get away with it. I have an oily tzone so definitely need a toner.

  • Kristin says:

    Definitely love using a toner. I used one for many years and then stopped because it seemed “unnecessary”. I use Thayer’s Witch Hazel/Rose Water toner and it’s so refreshing and moisturizing and my skin has just been glowing.

  • aislinmcleod says:

    I’ve used the Lush one in the past – I have it in my stash at the moment but don’t reach for it much as the spray is broken :/
    Otherwise I use two toners every night – The Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner and then the Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner, after that my skin feels so fresh and lovely and since adding them into my routine I’ve noticed a huge difference!

  • cherg says:

    I’ve always used a toner. I’m using a Dove toner at the moment but in the past I used Simple tonerbut I do like the sound of the Grown toner.

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