Facial Toner. You would never guess from this post, but this is a product that I once HATED and utterly despised. As a acne riddled teen in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I became quite familiar with facial toner. Toner was supposedly the miracle for kids like me with acne, but for me it burned the shit out of my face. The burn I would feel was so intense that I eventually just stopped using it for over 15 years. Over the past few years though, I have become increasingly obsessed with the health of my skin and decided to give it another shot.

Today, toner is much different then it was back then. Back in the day it was too astringent and would cause extreme dry skin. That for me was something that would just amplify my skin issues. Nothing about those old toners (IMO) was conducive to healthy skin. Today’s toners don’t rely on high concentrations of alcohol to remove oil from the skin. Today’s toners are multipurpose and provide an array of benefits for all skin types.

Facial Toner Benefits:

  • Shrinks pores and tightens
  • Reduces acne
  • Restores skin’s PH balance
  • Detoxifies the skin
  • Nourishes the skin
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Prevent ingrown hairs
  • Evens out skin complexion
  • Removes makeup and dirt that washing may have missed


Today’s toners have become a major staple in my skin care routine. My skin over the past few years is the best it has ever looked. I absolutely credit that to adding toners to my skin care arsenal. My huge pores are dramatically smaller, my skin tone is much more even, I hardly ever get a breakout anymore (unless it’s from a negative reaction to a new product) and my skin just feels more refreshed. I don’t use a single toner though. At any point I cycle through about five different toners. Don’t ask me why. I just sort of went through this phase of trying out toners and couldn’t decide which one I liked the most. So rather than make a decision, I just started using them all and never really stopped.


My Top 5 Favorite Facial Toners


Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Cucumber Toner

Pixi® Skin Treats Glow Tonic

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner
kiehls ultra face toner

Neutrogena® Alcohol Free Toner

Fresh Rose Floral Toner
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If you have never tried a facial toner then I highly recommend trying it out. There are so many benefits and this product could very well be the product you have been missing in your journey to amazing skin!


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