Toners are a bit of a misunderstood product, largely due to their history. I like to think that they have evolved into a much more varied skincare category now and thanks to this leap, we now have so many different types to choose from, depending on our skin’s needs. I have always been drawn to toners that are nourishing and hydrating and I’ll tell you a little bit about my favourites later in this post.
The original toner breeds were astringent, designed to tighten pores and take off any dirt that your cleanser missed. These days, our skincare routines are a little different and a lot of us double cleanse, so the role of a toner has naturally changed. Modern toners can now not only provide cleansing benefits but also replenish, hydrate and nourish the skin. I am personally not a huge fan of mists or essences that just contain essential oils or flower waters, to me they might as well be scented water.
I feel strongly that any step in my skincare routine should be functional.
When choosing a toner I look for one that is filled with great ingredients. Even if you have oily or combination skin you should not be using something that is drying and stripping your skin and no doubt you already have other products in your routine such as AHAs or BHAs that are targeted at treating breakouts or acne. I look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, botanical extracts and nourishing oils and because of this I like to spray them directly on my skin after cleansing instead of wiping them off with a cotton pad. They’re too good to wipe off!
BYBI Mega Mist
BYBI is a cool indie brand from London that developed the famous Babe Balm. The frosted bottle with pink label, gold foil detail and a matte white aluminium cap could fool you into thinking that the Mega Mist lacks substance. On the contrary! It is chock-a-block full of goodness. The star ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid which holds 1000 times its weight in water and it’s a perfect hydrating companion for all skin types. Honestly, you can’t overdose on the stuff so make sure you’re including it morning and night. I still use a standalone Hyaluronic Acid serum but I love that the Mega Mist can provide an extra boost, either as a toner, layered between steps or used to freshen up makeup and hydrate my skin during the day. I spritz it after cleansing and apply my serums.
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator
Josh Rosebrook is a brand from the USA and its founder is probably the nicest guy in the skincare industry, well, from what I can tell. Watch his interview with Caroline Hirons and you’ll see what I mean. He formulates some amazing products but the standout for me is the Hydrating Accelerator. Reading the ingredients list might overwhelm you but trust me, when you see so many beautiful plant oils, vitamins and extracts listed you know it’s going to be good. It has lots of great fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that would suit any skin type and its Aloe Vera base means that it is also healing and balancing. It has something for everyone I think and not only is it extremely moisturising, it’s also highly uplifting. I close my eyes and inhale the scent without even realising. It is truly something special and it’s no wonder I’m onto my 4th bottle of the stuff. It’s available in two sizes, 60ml and 120ml.
I hope that this post has helped to demystify toners for you (pun intended). Although not an absolutely necessary step, I do think that the right toner can offer many benefits that other products cannot. I’d love to know which toners you use so let me know by leaving a comment below or email me and connect with me on Instagram and Facebook. To access the latest podcast, please visit iTunes.