Here’s a skincare product that needs a special space in your vanity kit. We are talking about toner! It’s a step you need to include after cleansing and before moisturising.

Toner plays an essential role in taking your skincare game one level up. Apart from wiping off any cleanser residue, toner also helps you get rid of makeup trapped in overlooked areas on your face such as the hairline. Toner also restores your skin’s pH balance and helps control acne.

If you’re confused about how to pick the right toner for your skin type, we’ve got you covered.

 

Dry skin

Dry skin

Dry-skinned beauties, pick toners that provide a boost of hydration to your skin. You don’t want to use products that further dry out your skin, do you? Therefore, look for toners with hydrating formulas such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin as well as natural ingredients such as rose water, aloe vera and green tea. Avoid ingredients like salicylic acid and alcohol as they can strip the moisture from your skin and leave it looking lacklustre.

Gentle toners can be the best bet for all those with dry skin. Even while applying toner on your skin, use a cotton pad and wipe across gently. Avoid rubbing the toner vigorously as that can make your dry skin rough.

 

Oily, acne-prone skin

Oily, acne-prone skin

The biggest concern with oily, acne-prone skin is clogged pores. When your skin’s natural oils come in contact with environmental aggressors such as heat, pollution, dust, grime and gunk, it can actually block your pores. Therefore, you need to pick a toner that gently exfoliates your skin and helps you get rid of dead skin cells. Ingredients like AHAs and salicylic acid can be great for oily, acne-prone skin. Such ingredients deep-cleanse the pores and help you get rid of contaminants and bacteria that could result in acne and blackheads.

When it comes to natural ingredients, make sure your toner is packed with antioxidants that can help fight free radical damage. Chamomile and rose-infused toners are what you need to get your hands on!

 

Combination skin

Combination skin

Selecting skincare products for combination skin can be tricky. Your skin could look overly shiny or oily in summers and extremely dry in the winters. It is, therefore, ideal to switch products according to the weather. However, make sure you pick lightweight toners that are hydrating. Look for toners that are loaded with vitamins and protective antioxidants to prevent your skin from the harsh UV rays in the hot, humid months, whereas, switch to oil-based and moisturising formulas to keep your skin’s pH levels balanced in the dry, cold months.

Ingredients such as ceramides and niacinamides can work well for combination skin types. Niacinamides help protect the skin against sun damage, fight early signs of ageing, treat hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone and helps build protein in the skin.