I used to think of toners as an unnecessary product that only people with extravagant 10-step skincare routines used. I’ve always embraced the less-is-more approach to skincare, okay? Anyway, it wasn’t until I recently got a facial with celeb aesthetician Renée Rouleau and we got to talking about toners that I started to warm up to the idea of using one in my routine.
Renée told me that toners are a must—they give your skin an extra boost of hydration, remove any leftover residue post-cleanse, and prep your skin for serums and lotions. And after using her Moisture Infusion Toner for the last few weeks, I can confirm that she is totally right. Using a toner has made my typically dry and dehydrated skin feel ridiculously soft and dewy. An extra step that’s fully worth it IMO, considering it takes like three seconds to use a toner and it makes a noticeable difference in my skin. Try one of these 10 best toners for dry skin below to see what all the hype is about for yourself.
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Best Exfoliating Toner for Dry Skin
Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner
Exfoliating toners that are still hydrating/gentle enough for my dry skin are hard to find, but this one from Boscia is legit. It’s got exfoliating AHAs and BHAs to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, plus vitamin-C rich apple cider vinegar which helps brighten your skin tone and boost collagen production too.
Best 2-in-1 Toner for Dry Skin
Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer
Part toner, part moisturizer, this toner for dry skin is honestly just has hydrating as a lightweight lotion. It’s full of amino acids to help moisturize and strengthen your skin’s protective barrier (impt since your skin’s barrier needs to be intact to hold on to moisture).
Best Serum Toner for Dry Skin
Renée Rouleau Moisture Infusion Toner
Say hello to the toner for dry skin that finally got me hooked on toners. It has a watery, serum-like consistency and is packed with nourishing lipids and omegas, niacinamide, and vitamin C to both hydrate and brighten skin. I shake up the bottle, pour a little bit onto a cotton round, and sweep it over my skin post-cleanse. And then, while my skin is still damp, I layer on my favorite serums and moisturizers (damp skin is more receptive to ingredients).
Best Soothing Toner for Dry Skin
Murad Hydrating Toner
As the first step in your skincare routine after washing your face, spritz this toner for dry skin on your face. It’s infused with sodium PCA to hydrate your skin, plus soothing chamomile and cucumber extracts to calm redness, irritation, and even eczema flare-ups.
Best Toner for Dry Skin and Large Pores
Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner
Blessed with dry skin and large pores? Same, which is why I’ve recently added this multitasking toner from Paula’s Choice into my lineup of skincare products. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and my skin feels softer and my pores significantly smaller. It’s all thanks to a combo of hydrating glycerin, firming peptides, and pore-minimizing niacinamide.
Best Toner for Dry, Sensitive Skin
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner
If you have dry skin that’s easily irritated, you’re probably reluctant to add anything new to your existing routine for fear of a potential skin freakout—but don’t worry, this toner for dry skin is perfectly safe for sensitive skin too. It’s made without potential irritants (like synthetic fragrance or dyes) and instead, uses colloidal oatmeal and honey to soothe and hydrate your face.
Best Oil-Free Toner for Dry Skin
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydrating Toner Mist
A few spritzes of this oil-free toner for dry skin instantly make your face feel more plump and soft…like it’s been cocooned in a blanket of dewy moisture. The hero ingredient is hyaluronic acid, a humectant that draws moisture to the skin for up to 72 hours (!!!) of hydration.
Best Antioxidant Toner for Dry Skin
PCA Skin Hydrating Toner
Not only does this toner hydrate and soften your skin, it treats it to a dose of potent antioxidants from watermelon, apple, and lentil fruit extracts to help protect your precious face from the harmful effects of free radical damage.
Best Brightening Toner for Dry Skin
Valmont Purity Vital Falls
This hydrating toner for dry skin is pricey—but it gets the job done. It adds moisture to the skin, removes any residue from hard tap water, and exfoliates dulling dead skin cells to make your skin brighter and more receptive to the actives in whatever serum you apply after.
Best All-Natural Toner for Dry Skin
Follain Toning Mist
If you’re into all-natural skincare, you’ve got to try this toner for dry skin from Follain. It’s made with plant-based and organic ingredients (like rosewater, chamomile, and aloe) to immediately hydrate and refresh tight, flaky skin.
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