Just like cleansers and moisturisers, toners work with your specific skin type! Gone are the days when toners were only used to remove the residue left behind by chemical ridden facial soaps. Now toners work in collaboration with your skincare routine to complete the cleansing routine, prepare the skin for absorbing moisture, balance and hydrate! Here on Nourished Life we have a huge selection of natural facial toners that can work together with your skin care routine to help boost your skin!
So what do toners actually do?
Toning is the important skincare step after cleansing and before moisturising. Most toners are water-based and contain active ingredients like Witch Hazel (with has astringent properties for oily and acne prone skin) or Rose Hydrosol (which has beautifully calming properties for dry and sensitive skin). Depending on your skin type they can be used to thoroughly clean the skin, improve hydration or work to remove dead skin cell build up. Toners are also designed to help minimise the appearance of large pores, remove leftover makeup and refresh dull, tired skin.
Best toners for oily/ acne prone skin!
Juniper Skincare Oil Purifying Treatment Toner
For oily or combination skin, refining ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Tea Tree Oil are ideal. This Juniper Skincare Oil Purifying Treatment Toner $25.95, balances the skin's pH levels and cleanses skin without leaving it dehydrated. To use, spray 2 to 3 pumps onto the skin before moisturiser, or use as a refreshing mist throughout the day. Juniper is our beautiful practitioner & therapeutic grade skin care range (it is recommended that you contact our Naturopath Mel for free advice on the best Juniper skincare system for you.
KORA Organics Energising Citrus Face Mist
To balance oil production, this KORA Organics Energising Citrus Mist $39.95, uses a blend of Noni Extract, Mandarin and Lemongrass which may help balance the skin's pH levels. It helps removes dead skin cells whilst refining pores. It can also be used as a makeup setting spray and is also an instant pick-me-up at any time of day, the uplifting scents may have an energising effect on the spirits!
Juniper Skincare Teen Treatment Mist
During teenage years, oil control is a common issue. The Juniper Skincare Teen Treatment Mist $25.95, is specifically developed for teenage skin. It's formulated with clarifying Green Tea extract as well as soothing Aloe Vera plus a boost of several vitamins. This Ph balancing toner has a cooling effect that feels especially refreshing in the morning! To apply, spray anytime as a mist or apply to a cotton pad and sweep over the skin after cleansing.
Dr Alkaitis Organic Herbal Toner
I absolutely love Dr Alkaitis' products and this Dr Alkaitis Organic Herbal Toner $59.95, is no exception. Winner of the 2015 Natural Beauty Awards for the Best Toner in Australia! It's a fantastic multi purpose product that acts as not only a toner, but also a skin balancer and calming after sun treatment. It's anti-inflammatory properties make this toner ideal for anyone with acne or inflamed skin. It is also ideal for all skin types.
Best toners for dry skin!
Juniper Skincare Rose-Otto Hydrating Toner
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, it's important to choose a toner that hydrates your skin! This Juniper Skincare Rose-Otto Hydrating Toner $25.95, contains a therapeutic grade formulation of ingredients including rose, calendula and pomegranate extract. It nourishes, moisturises and replenishes skin to look dewy and healthy. Apply 2 to 3 pumps onto your skin then apply moisturiser while your skin is still damp!
Happy Skincare 'Raindrops on Roses' Hydrating Tonic
This Raindrops on Roses Hydrating Tonic by Happy Skincare, $26.95 may help to rebalance the skin and prepares it to get the best from your moisturiser. Utilising Aloe Vera this toner may help to retain moisture deep within the skin, along with MSM which delivers its anti-ageing properties.
Andalou Naturals Clementine + C Illuminating Toner
When skin is dry, it has a tendency to look a little dull. That's where this Andalou Naturals Clementine + C Illuminating Toner $14.95, comes in handy. Made with brightening ingredients like Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid and a unique Fruit Stem Cell Complex, this toner is designed to leave skin glowing. It may also help to target skin pigmentation and UV damage. Ideal for anyone wanting a brighter, hydrated complexion, this toner may also promote cell turnover and stimulate circulation. To use, spray directly onto the face before moisturising and after cleansing.
Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray
Rose water is well known for it's hydrating and calming properties and may also be beneficial in the treatment of common skin conditions such as mild forms of dermatitis. This Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray $29.95, not only smells beautiful, it may also help to maintain the skin's natural pH levels making it ideal for dry and combination complexions. To use, apply to a cotton pad and swipe all over your face after cleansing. You can also use this rose water spray to refresh your skin throughout the day or to set makeup!
Best toners for normal to combination skin!
Weleda One-Step Cleanser & Toner
If you're always running out of time in the mornings, then the Weleda One-Step Cleanser & Toner $24.95, can make life so much easier! This deep cleansing milk rinses away dirt and grime with one swipe. Using a gentle blend of Olive Oil, Iris Root and Witch Hazel, this product tones the skin while helping improve its overall appearance. A clinical trial commissioned by Weleda over one week showed that there was an 80% reduction in water loss compared to untreated skin!2 To apply, shake the bottle and apply the lotion onto a cotton wool pad. Use over the face, neck and decolletage both morning and evening.
Mukti Rose Blossom Hydrating Toner
Ideal for all skin types, this Mukti Rose Blossom Hydrating Toner refreshes and uplifts the complexion. It works to tighten pores and remove dead skin cells while deeply hydrating. Made with an invigorating blend of ingredients including rose water and aloe vera leaf juice, this toner is wonderful for restoring a natural moisture balance in the skin.
Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary Toner
If you have skin which can be oily and yet quite sensitive this Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary Toner is a gentle alcohol-free option. This spray toner is designed to calm and also rebalance the complexion. Utilising Rice plant extract, which is rich in antioxidants, magnesium & potassium; and Rosemary, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, it works to purify congested skin and oily T-zones.
Which cotton pads do I recommend?
Simply Gentle Organic Cotton Pads
These Simply Gentle Organic Cotton Pads are the perfect addition to your toning routine! They're environmentally sustainable and free from any artificial pesticides and fertilisers! This handy 100 pack is high quality and ultra gentle on the skin.
(sources: 1intothegloss.com, 2Weleda UK)