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.
Thayers toner is a cult favorite. It's formulated with aloe vera and witch hazel to cleanse and soothe without drying out your skin. It comes in different varieties: rose petal, lavender, cucumber, coconut water, and unscented.
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.
Vichy's face toner is another one I like to keep in my skincare rotation. It's alcohol-free, so it won't dry, sting, or irritate your skin. And it's formulated with vitamin B5 and cornflower extract to soothe and maintain moisture.
Rose water is a gentle, natural astringent that works to minimize the appearance of pores and cleanse the skin. In addition to that ingredient, Burt's Bees' toner also has glycerin and aloe vera to trap moisture and remove any other stubborn dirt and debris.
You might think you can't use toners if you have dry skin, because it will make the problem even worse, but this toner is formulated especially for dehydrated skin. The ingredients in it work to stimulate and retain the skin's moisture.
This astringent has many uses. It fights blemishes with 2% salicylic acid, but it can also remove makeup. It's specifically formulated for acne-prone skin, but you can use it daily, even three times a day.