Is it weird that my favorite step in my skincare routine is when I get to use a toner on my face? Is it weird to have a favorite skincare step in general? Well, I might not get a definitive answer to both those questions, but I do love a good toner.
There's something about washing your face after a long day and then wiping it down with a toner for that extra-clean, fresh, and maybe even tingly feeling. (Okay, and to be extra gross, peeping at the pad afterward to take a good hard look at the grime that's been sitting on your face. Or is that just me?)
Anyway, a toner can do so much for your skin. The right one will cleanse your skin even more, unclog pores, and keep your oil in check. They can exfoliate, leaving you with a nice glow. Some can even protect and moisturize. There are a ton of different ones out there for different skin types or concerns.
I've used quite a few in my lifetime, from drugstore to high-end ones. While I can't knock those fancy toners, I've found that drugstore toners work just as well on my skin. And when I have the chance to save a few bucks, well, I can't say no to that. So if you're looking to get a little frugal too AND are in the market for a new toner, I've made a list of some of my favorite affordable options and included some of the best-reviewed ones. Take a look below.
I like to use micellar water as my toner when I want something light and refreshing. I normally apply it when I want to cleanse my skin, but I'm experiencing dryness and don't want to make it worse. This one from Bioderma is my favorite. It also works well as a makeup remover.
This toner contains acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. It's recommended to use it in the morning and at night.
Reusable Pads for Toners
You'll need pads to apply a toner, but using a disposable cotton one can be wasteful. There are so many options for reusable ones now. These are our favorites. Just throw them in the laundry to clean.
These pads are made of natural bamboo fabric and also come with a laundry bag for easy cleaning.