How To Choose The Best Toner For Your Skin

Possibly the most underrated step in a skincare regimen, toners are more important than you think. Here's how to select the right one for your skin.

How To Choose The Best Toner For Your Skin

Zero in on these instead – and apply them correctly, please

Happily, toners have come a long way. The latest trove of toners have been cleverly rejigged and remodelled as skin-softening treatments in their own right, with the ability to comfort, contour and condition.

But what to try, what to buy? Makeup master Larry Yeo says you should gun for thicker-textured toners to fend off flakiness in cold climates, and to keep a mascaraed eye out for beneficial beautifying ingredients like nourishing niacinamide and AHA/BHA acids, the latter of which “will help with pore problems”.

Oh, and they’re good for fending off fine lines, too. “Applying a toner can be a preventative anti-ageing step when applied correctly,” says Larry. “By softening your skin prior to applying your serums and moisturisers, you reduce excess friction and allow the subsequent skincare products to be smoothed on easily and evenly.” Duly noted!

What else? Larry recommends skipping the cotton pads and pressing your potion directly into your face, paying extra attention to the jowl area, where your hands should be kneading upwards against the forces of gravity.

Now that I’ve come around to the idea of incorporating a toner into my regime, it’s pretty much kid-in-candy-store syndrome: Everywhere I look, there’s an exciting new product to “pore” over, so to speak. Click through for a rapid-fire run-through of some of my top toner picks, and #HappyShopping!