This story was updated in February 2019.
More often than not, we use a face wash and jump straight to face cream. This may not be the best thing for your skin. Turns out, the T in CTM is as important as the other two. To put it simply, the toner takes it a step further by thoroughly cleansing your face. It also helps get rid of excess sebum as well as leftover product residue. All in all, toners are good for a number of reasons. They help clean your skin, minimise the appearance of pores and restore your skin’s pH balance. Plus, they’re super refreshing to spritz and can hydrate better than any moisturiser.
So the real question is, which toner should you be using? Here are some of the best skin toners according to your skin type.
Since every skin is different, they need beauty products that best suit their nature. For this reason, we’ve come up with 12 toners that are based on your skin type:
Your skin may be normal or steering towards the drier side. Nevertheless, your T-zone is the oiliest part of your face. For this, we suggest you use two toners - a hydrating toner for usage in the day and an astringent-based toner at night.
An astringent based toner has a special blackhead fighting formula that helps control excessive oils and removes dead skin. Use it after washing your face and you will see good results upon doing this regularly.
POPxo Recommends: Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner (Rs 374) will thoroughly cleanse your skin.
Antibacterial and antifungal in nature rose water is a staple in most Indian households. This one by VLCC contains all those properties and the goodness of Aloe Vera too.
POPxo Recommends: VLCC Rose Water Toner (Rs 150) is the perfect product to use after washing your face.
If you want to steer clear of different skin toning agents, then you can also invest in one that addresses all the needs of your skin.
POPxo Recommends: Clinique Clarifying Lotion - Dry Combination (Rs 1,890) is good for both night and day skin care routines.
Chances are, your skin is on an overdrive when it comes to sebum production. Use a pore cleansing toner to control excessive oiliness. You can also use a balancing toner specifically to enjoy healthier and clearer skin.
This wonder toner by Innisfree keeps sebum and excess oils at bay. If you have enlarged pores and find it hard to clean, then you have to start using this toner.
POPxo Recommends: Get the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner (Rs 1,600) now
The Body Shop’s Seaweed toner corrects and re-balances the pH levels of your skin. It also wipes off makeup, leaving your skin moisturized.
POPxo Recommends: The Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner (Rs 995) is a product you’ll be happy to have.
The clarifying effects of apple cider vinegar go a long way in maintaining the excessive oil production in your skin, thus giving way for a refreshed looking skin.
POPxo Recommends: Wildflower Naturals Clarifying Apple Cider Vinegar (Rs 190) for all day freshness.
Try to incorporate a fruit-based or an active-based toner to your beauty regime. If your skin tends to get reddened easily or reacts easily to products, it’s ideal to look for mild products.
A staple in DIYs and facials, cucumber is a godsend when it comes to hydration sans reactions. Cucumbers are known to be good at hydration and work well on sensitive skin, making it a really good toner.
POPxo Recommends: Jovees Cucumber Skin Toner (Rs 170) is the one to get
If you feel granulated face washes are a bit too harsh for your skin, then try a clarifying toner. This one by Himalaya Herbals is alcohol-free and is enriched with all natural ingredients.
POPxo Recommends: Try the Himalayan Herbals Refreshing and Clarifying Toner (Rs 83)
A popular antiseptic, witch hazel is known for its healing properties. This toner maintains the pH balance of sensitive skin without distressing it with excessive chemicals.
POPxo Recommends: Mirah Belle Lavender - Witch Hazel Sensitive Skin Face Toner (Rs 354) for total protection.
Avoid flaky-looking skin and multiple swabs of lotion by adding a toner to your skin regime. Use a toner in the morning, before you apply makeup. You can also use a toner after you wash your face at night.
This toner by The Face Shop retains up to 10 times more moisture than the average toner due to the chia seed extracts in it. P.S.: it adds a glow to your skin too.
POPxo Recommends: The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydrating Toner (Rs 1,350) is the toner for you
More than pollution, free radicals seep through your skin and can cause skin problems including signs of ageing. This toner is loaded with antioxidants from seven different plants that help protect skin, which makes it the best toner for glowing skin in India.
POPxo Recommends: Grab the Plum Chamomile & White Tea calming Antioxidant toner (Rs 390)
One of the best toners for glowing skin in India, Forest Essentials’ water based toners are infused with herbal, floral, and fruit extracts that actively hydrate, revive, and tone the skin. These properties along with the goodness of essential oils make their products super effective for those who have dry skin.
POPxo Recommends: Forest Essentials Facial Tonic Mist - Panchpushp (Rs 400) for effortless care.
Now that you have an idea for best toners for glowing skin based on your skin type, go ahead and get shopping!