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Toners, aaahh! If you’re in your late twenties like me, you’d probably associate a toner with a painful stinging sensation and mild to severe acne in your teens! Your dermatologist probably told you to put some watery looking stuff onto a cotton pad and give your face a rub down with it? Yep, that was a toner! Most of us associate a toner with something that burns, stings and dries the shit out of your skin. But that was back in the past. Modern-day toners have close to no alcohol content in them and are loaded with antioxidants and skin soothing ingredients. And everyone can and should use a toner! It’s not only you acne  riddled teens anymore.It’s about time we get past the notion that toners are only really useful for oily skin types. While the main purpose of a toner is to remove residual oil, dirt, and grime, a good toner will also help restore the moisture balance of your skin while actively improving your skin’s texture. It will also control redness and flaking when it comes to dry skin. But the only way to reap these benefits is by choosing the right toner for your skin type. In this article, I’ve put together a list of the 10 best toners for dry skin.

So lets get to the point..

What is a toner ?

A toner is a watery liquid that you use AFTER washing your face and BEFORE applying moisturiser. A toner is designed to balance your skin. It will cleanse any residual dirt trapped in your pores after cleansing and get rid of dead skin cells. With regular use, a toner helps your skin look brighter, smoother and healthier. While there are different kinds of toners for different problems, some of the issues a good toner can help correct are dull skin, acne, oily skin, redness and dry skin.

Why should you use a toner?

I have flawless skin, do I really need to use a toner ? Probably not. But here are a few benefits of using a toner. The right toner provides your skin with essential ingredients that will help deep cleanse, hydrate and exfoliate your skin at a deeper level. Since the toner is quite watery, it penetrates through the deeper layers of your skin. The toner restores your skin’s PH balance and helps your skincare products get absorbed better. There are different kinds of toners on the market that are loaded with anti-ageing and antioxidants that help heal and cleanse your skin.

How to use a toner?

The best way to use it would be to dampen a cotton pad with a little bit of toner and wipe your face with it. You can also sprinkle some onto your hand and pat your face with it. I prefer the cotton pad method since it cleanses your skin better.

When should I use it?

You need to use a toner IMMEDIATELY after cleansing and washing your face. Depending on what kind of toner it is, you can use it twice a day – morning and night. If you have super sensitive skin, it would be best to use it once a day for a while and then gradually twice a day.

How do I choose the right toner for my skin type?

Choose a toner depending on your skin concern. Here are a few types of toners available in the market!

Top Toners For Dry Skin

1. Origins Balancing Tonic

Origins toners

Origins’ Balancing tonic is one of the most refreshing toners available on the market. It helps soothe skin dryness, reduce redness, and re-texturize, all while leaving your skin with a pleasant cooling effect. The toner exfoliates flakes, prevents pore-clogging, and smoothes roughness.

Pros

  • Prevents clogging of the pores.
  • Does not aggravate dry skin.
  • Mild formula.
  • Has a cooling effect on skin.
  • Does not strip your skin of moisture.
  • Improves skin texture with regular use.

Cons

  • None

Rating

5/5

2. Clinique Clarifying Lotion – 1

Toners

Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion is a dermatologist-developed formula specially made for dry and very dry skin types. It helps slough off flakes, perfectly priming your face for moisturization. The formula also helps minimize the fine lines caused by dryness.

Pros

  • Improves skin texture with regular use.
  • Reduces blemishes.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Specially formulated for dry skin.
  • Helps maintain the moisture balance of your skin.
  • Curbs breakouts.
  • Efficiently cleans your pores.

Cons

  • None

Rating

4.75/5

3. Clarins Extra Comfort Toning lotion

Clarins toners

Clarins’ Extra Comforting Toning Lotion is a non-drying formula free of alcohol. Enriched with extracts of aloe vera and marshmallow, it helps moisturize, soften, and nourish your skin. The toner leaves dry skin feeling soft, clarified, and moist. It also feels extremely soothing on your skin thanks to the presence of marshmallow in the formula

Pros

  • Leaves your skin feeling exceptionally clean.
  • Does not dry out skin.
  • Keeps skin feeling soft.
  • Improves skin texture with regular use.
  • Controls breakouts.
  • Helps maintain the moisture balance of your skin.
  • Has a pleasant fragrance.

Cons

  • None

Rating

5/5

4. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener

Sheseido toner

Shiseido’s White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener helps hydrate your skin and boosts the effects of your moisturizer. The product is specially formulated for people with normal to dry skin types. Additionally, it helps prevent the formation of dark spots and leaves you with dewy and radiant skin.

Pros

  • Improves skin texture.
  • Leaves skin feeling hydrated and soft.
  • Mild formula.
  • Curbs dryness.
  • Controls breakouts.
  • Lightens acne scars.

Cons

  • Not too easy on the budget.

Rating

4.75/5

5. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner

Neutrogena alcohol free toners

Neutrogena’s Alcohol-Free toner is a simple and straightforward product. The mild formula efficiently cleans your face without the harshness of an alcohol toner. It helps remove impurities from your pores while restoring the moisture balance of your skin. This toner helps curb issues such as tightness, redness, and flaking.

Pros

  • Suits all skin types, including sensitive skin.
  • Efficiently cleans your skin.
  • Leaves your skin feeling hydrated.
  • Budget-friendly.
  • Improves skin texture.
  • A little goes a long way.

Cons

  • None

Rating

5/5

These were few best to name.

Top Toners in India for Oily Skin Combination Skin

1. Lotus Herbals Basil tone Clarifying & Balancing Toner

Lotus herbals basiltone toner

This one with ingredients like extracts of Basil leaf and Cucumber is made ideally for oily skin or combination skin. This not only refreshes your skin but aptly cleanses it of excess oil, dirt, make-up remains, also effectively tightens the skin pores. Furthermore this is a great PH Balance restorer.

2. VLCC Punarnava Astringent

Vlcc toner

The product has all natural ingredients like Aloe, Lemon, Almond, Honey which combine together to make a powerful astringent that deeply cleanses, detoxifies and tones up your skin. It also curbs secretion of excess oil and since astringent comes with antiseptic properties, acneic tendencies of the skin is controlled to a large extent.

3. Jovees Cucumber Skin Toner

Jovees toner

This is an excellent astringent that’ll clean all sweat, grime and excess oil gently, tighten pores and leave a cool refreshing feel all over. This herbal one from Jovees is known for its power to trigger cell regeneration.

4. Fabindia Tea tree skin toner

This one from Fabidia is meant ideally for oily. It leaves a cooling effect on the skin, effectively clean excess sebum, dirt, grime. The tea tree extracts control acne and pimples, and kills the acne bacteria completely, thereby preventing skin infection and ugly unwanted blemishes. The result is a refreshed flawless skin.

5. L’oreal Hydra Fresh Instant Freshness Toning Water

Loreal toners

Purify your skin with this powerful skin toner from Loreal that hydrates your skin thoroughly. It is powered by Beta Hydroxy that removes skin dullness and revitalizes skin, the Hydra-Claryl improves skin texture, tightens pores, the French Spa water increases skin’s natural moisture lock power and the Pro Vitamin B5 checks the easy loss of moisture. So this skin toner has everything to give you the best results ever!

6. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

The body shop tea tree toners

This is a great oil controler from body shop with special organic acne-fighting tea tree oil that has great anti-bacterial properties to destroy all acne bacteria plus the oil has special mattifying powders to absorb all the excess sebum from your skin. The result is a flawless glowing skin with a clear fresh finish.

7. Nivea Visage Oil regulating Toner

Nivea toner

This is a great oil control, oil balancer from Nivea. Its mild on your skin, cleanses skin gently and you will love its light aroma!

Toners are an important part of the skincare regime regardless of your skin type.Using a toner for dry skin can curb redness, flaking, and itching all while maintaining your skin’s moisture balance and perfectly prepping it for moisturizer. Try these products for best results.

Thankyou..!