11 toners to try if you want to ditch dehydration
Your dry skin will lap these right up
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / August 15 2022
If you have dry skin, then you know all too well that your number one beauty mission is to douse your skin with as much hydration as you possibly can. So, toners (which have a bit of a rep for zapping moisture right out) can seem scary as hell.
But TBH, the toner category must have been listening into our conversations, because it seems to have figured out that it was freaking us out, and switched lanes. And honestly, our faces are highly grateful.
So, if you're after something that tones, balances and makes sure skin is super clean without stealing your skin's precious hydration, here are the moisture-replenishing toners we recommend...
Fenty Skin Fat Water Hydrating Milky Toner Essence With Hyaluronic Acid + Tamarind
Fenty Skin’s sophomore toner is made for dry skin and is here to reinforce moisture barrier function. The milky formula bridges the gap between toner and an essence and boasts a slightly thicker consistency than your average. Formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid and tamarind, plus a cocktail of humectant mineral PCAs, panthenol and niacinamide, this thicc chick moisturises, nourishes, conditions and brightens skin with continued use.
$45 at Fenty Beauty
Lancôme Tonique Confort
This creamy lotion toner is ultra moisturising; in fact, it feels almost like a serum going on (while still taking care of all the balancing action you're after). Sweet almond extract and honey work hard to nurture dry skin, leaving a clean, soft and soothed complexion in their wake.
$90 at Adore Beauty
Ozstrayan Skin Bit Iffy! Dry Skin Toning Mist
This alcohol-free toning mist swaps out the harsh ingredients often associated with the toner category, allowing Australian quandong extract to add as a gentle exfoliant instead. A must if you're chasing a dewy glow (and don't want to physically swipe anything over skin), it also douses skin with a refreshing (and zesty) lemongrass, lime and bergamot aroma.
$33.99 at Ozstrayan Skin
Skinstitut Multi Active Mist Spray
Formulated to tackle dehydration and minimise skin stress, this toning mist helps hydrate and soothe, reducing redness and boosting radiance (we see you, vitamin C) as it goes. Anyone with a dry skin type that runs sensitive will also appreciate the fact that application involves spritzing, not swiping.
$49 at Skinstitut
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses™ Floral Toner
This organic toning solution is formulated specifically for the delicate nature of dry skin. The mix includes rosewater (to hydrate and tone), plus hyaluronic acid and pomegranate for an extra hit of nourishment that'll help your face nab that elusive plump glow that thirsty complexions all crave.
$19.99 at Nourished Life
Clémence Organics Tone + Hydrate Spritz
Another spritz-able toner option great for sensitive skin types that don't want to swipe anything onto their faces (or anyone on the planet who wants to be more hydrated), its anti-inflammatory benefits are brilliant for soothing irritation and reducing puffiness. How, you ask? With the help of the organic rose water it heroes, of course.
$39.98 at Clémence Organics
Paula's Choice Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner
This toner is a little unique, and that's why we love it; its texture is actually a rich-serum like one as opposed to a watery blend. And trust us, your skin will drink up every last drop. As for what it's drinking up, that would be a fatty acid-rich formula that works to restore your skin's natural moisture barrier and nix irritation in one go.
$28 at Paula's Choice
Thayer Natural Remedies Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Alcohol Free Rose Petal Toner
Rosewater and dry skin are totally meant for each other, and with aloe vera (and its namesake witch hazel) also included, this light-as-air liquid toner will work a treat in both the calming and nourishing departments. It's completely alcohol free, but does impart a refreshing cooling feeling which we highly recommend.
$20.99 at Beard & Blade
Pixi Glow Tonic
If your skin is dry but congested, chances are you may need to call in something a tad stronger than a basic hydrating option. Luckily, this one is formualted with five per cent glycolic acid to help your face shed the dead, glow-restricting stuff, but is also packed with a ton of hydrating, soothing aloe to keep things calm (and moist, of course).
$29 at Selfridges
Clarins Hydrating Toning Lotion
With organic fig extracts for moisture, saffron flower for balancing, and aloe vera (again, yep, it's hard to beat) for soothing, this toner is definitely a winner if your skin is in need of a tall drink of toning water. The light botanical scent it features is damn delightful, too.
$45 at Clarins
Embryolisse Floral Essence Toner
A toner that feels every bit as magical as it sounds ('floral essence' just has a calming ring to it, you know?), it harnesses the hydrating, soothing and balancing powers of four floral waters: rose, orange blossom, hamamelis and cornflower. As for benefits, it'll remove any residue, boost radiance levels and leave the complexion perfectly prepped for moisturiser application, all while offering a serious sensory treat.
$26.49 at Chemist Warehouse