Bringing together the best of both worlds, this Glamour 2020 Beauty Award winner balances alpha hydroxy acids with a blend of soothing plant extracts. “It took a couple of months, but I definitely saw a difference in my skin," says beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blogger Chriselle Lim, who served as a judge for our awards. “A bonus is that it targets fine lines and wrinkles as well as texture, and it's gentle enough for everyday use.
They've been around for ages—and for a long time even the best toners had a bad reputation for being too harsh for most skin types. “Traditionally, toners were designed to remove excess oil from your skin and to balance your skin's pH,” says NYC dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M. D. “These toners were all alcohol-based, drying products used for people with oily and acne-prone skin. ” If you had another skin type, you could try it, but only at your own risk.
One of the best examples of a well-rounded toner, this formula is focused on clearing pores (with beta hydroxy acid and polyhydroxy acid), but also does serious work to hydrate skin with a combo of cactus water and hyaluronic acid.
This K-beauty staple kicked off the #CreamSkin trend on Instagram. “It applies on like liquid, but settles in like a nice, protective moisturizer,” says Alicia Yoon, a licensed esthetician and the founder of Peach & Lily. “The great thing about cream-skin products is they’re at once deeply hydrating and lightweight. ” That makes it ideal for everyone, but those with dry or sensitive skin in particular.
It also contains glycerin to hydrate skin as it works. “Hydrating toner” is something of an oxymoron, but it's legit. “This has glycerin, panthenol, and soothing botanicals to remove debris from the skin while offering hydrating benefits," says Zeichner.
The newer generation of toners has a much wider variety of skin benefits beyond the original formulas. “What they have in common is their light, liquid consistency—however, these products now are as diverse as serums,” says Zeichner. “There are toners for every skin need, from hydration to dark spots.
Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau considers toner to be the most important part of a skin-care routine, and no surprise—this version, packed with lactic and salicylic acids, manuka honey, and prebiotics, clears skin without drying it out.
We're obsessed with the fun, bouncy texture of the serum—and the results. “Ever since applying this toner both day and night, my skin is soft to the touch and more radiant than ever before,” says Talia Gutierrez, Glamour's beauty assistant. (Intrigued?
A respectable budget buy, this formula contains a one-two punch of salicylic acid and witch hazel (a natural source of the former), which is one of Zeichner's top picks for oily skin.
Zeichner is a fan of this toner, as it's formulated “with skin-repairing ceramides and calming niacinamide to clarify even sensitive skin,” he says.
Then you'll appreciate this alcohol-free toner, which targets grease and dead skin cells with salicylic acid and papaya enzymes.
From the brand known for having one of the best vitamin C serums on Amazon, this toner contains glycolic acid—a brightening, collagen-boosting, skin-smoothing powerhouse—as well as vitamin C, which is one of Zeichner's picks in toner for aging skin.
While you might guess that the two AHAs, lactic acid and glycolic acid, are the headliners, prebiotics are the breakout star here, as they balance skin’s natural microbiome and break down oils on skin.
These aren't the harsh, stinging toners you remember. https://t.co/M7FTA8hjfi— Glamour (@glamourmag) August 21, 2020