In between cleansing and moisturising, you'd be forgiven for seeing a face toner as a bit of a faff - but it's actually the answer to a much clearer and more radiant complexion.
'Face toners have a number of positive roles in skincare', says Dr. Anjali Mahto, dermatologist and spokesperson. 'They can remove excess oil, make-up and balance the skin, and they are especially useful for those with acne prone skin.'
That's not all though, as a single spritz of toner or once-over with a cotton pad even has the ability to refine large pores and help prime your skin to absorb serums and moisturisers more efficiently, so that you get tons more out of your skincare.
Check out our edit of the face toners you need to add to your skincare arsenal ASAP.
This 7% glycolic acid solution doesn't just sit there; it gets to work by gently chipping away at dead skin cells and oil, turning lacklustre skin luminous almost overnight. It leaves skin feeling taut and polished without the stinging effects and makes it more receptive to any products you layer on top - so clever.
EISENBERG's Toning Lotion harnesses liquorice extract, so skin feels firm, as well as witch hazel to stop the dreaded 3pm shine from ruining your look. The added rosewater works wonders to settle red and irritated skin, plus, the bottle will look seriously chic atop your dresser.
Like a drink for the skin, a few drops of Chanel's Lotion Confort works to soothe, hydrate and refresh post-cleanse, leaving your face squeaky clean sans the stringent feel. The added tulip tree extract acts like a shield against pollution in the air, too.
If your skin is prone to oil slicks and blemishes, treat it to a spritz of this. Anthyllis and calendula refine large, unsightly pores and keep oil from rising to the surface so that your skin looks grease-free and feels clean and matte for longer. It smells divine, too.
The moisturising, soothing and radiance-boosting powers of Elizabeth Arden's alcohol-free toner are more or less unrivalled. A quick once-over with a soaked cotton pad provides a much-needed hit of hydration - perfect if your skin feels tight and uncomfortable after cleansing - and dislodges remnants of make-up, oil and dull skin cells to leave you glowing. It smells gorgeous, too.
A spritz of Jurlique's Rosewater Balancing Mist is just as soothing for the senses as it is for the skin. After cleansing, the skin's natural pH level can be disrupted, but this restores it to it's happy equilibrium, so that any serums or moisturisers you apply afterwards have a better chance of doing their job properly. The added antioxidant protection is the cherry on the top. Take that, pollution.
If dullness is your biggest skin bugbear, you need to incorporate a bottle of this stuff into your routine. 5% Glycolic acid removes oil and dead skin and works wonders to speed up cell turnover, while aloe soothes and hydrates. The result? A smooth, supple and crystal clear complexion that'll make you kick the foundation to the kerb.
Alcohol, paraben and mineral oil free, Katherine Daniels' clear toning liquid lifts away make-up and grime missed by your cleanser and gives skin a fresh, matte finish without the tightness. A little goes a long way and the soothing, cooling effect is oh-so-satisfying.
A must-have for those with acne-prone skin, a single spritz of La Roche-Posay's Serozinc helps regulate sebum production, keeping blemishes at bay - and it's all thanks to the zinc.
Imagine a toner that blasts every last bit of make-up, leaves dry skin feeling comfortably hydrated, and imparts an otherworldly glow. Well, Lancôme's Tonique Confort does all three. Sweet almond extract and honey makes it perfect for those with sensitive skin.
A best-seller for good reason, Liz Earle's Skin Tonic turns on your skin's internal water tap to increase hydration, while a dream team of chamomile, aloe vera and cucumber work to calm, refine and revitalise in a matter of seconds.
One for the city dwellers, this face toner is brimming with vitamin C to fight off radiance-zapping free radicals and packed with witch hazel to soak up excess oil throughout the day. The added vitamin E means it's the kind of toner that quenches skin rather than drying it out.
This face toner is filled to bursting with moisture magnet hyaluronic acid which hydrates and plumps thirsty skin almost instantly, so that it's less likely to be peppered with lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C works like a shield against the skin-ravaging effects of pollution whilst witch hazel minimises pores, making it an amazing all-rounder. Pricey, but so worth it.