One of the best, most effective ways to restore hydration to the skin is through a facial toner. Although primarily known for their ability to hydrate and moisturize the skin, toners are a little like serums in that they also perform a variety of other tasks, depending on what you need them to do. From helping soothe the skin to prepping it for makeup, toners are an invaluable part of a great skin care routine. Read on as we choose our favorite hydrating toners from bargain brands to big splurges--lightweight toners, to toners that really give skin a jolt of hydration! One way or another, we think you’ll find one that suits your needs perfectly!
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Main Takeaways: One of the best ways to restore moisture and hydration back to the skin is to use a toner. Hydrating toners are available for every type of skin and every type of budget.
Good to Know: Toners do more than just hydrate the skin--they also help to soothe, clean, balance, and prep skin for makeup.
Recommended Products: Rose and Shine Toner.
1. Best All Around Hydrating Toner
Fleur and Bee: Rose and Shine Natural Rose Water Toner
There are many reasons we included two of nature’s best ingredients in our Rose and Shine natural rose water toner (not the least of which is that rose water contains a myriad of benefits), but one of the biggest is that it works so well on so many skin types. It also does so much for the skin like controlling excess oil, minimizing the look of pores, and smoothing the skin. Of course, it’s also an excellent skin hydrator as well and will help your make-up go on so much better! The great thing about it is that you can carry it around and treat yourself to a few extra sprays, especially when the weather gets hot!
2. Best Drugstore Hydrating Toner
Dickinson's: Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner
At approximately $5.67, you’d have a hard time beating this drug store brand for effectiveness! This alcohol-free toner also contains vitamin E which is extraordinary for adding moisture to the skin, and hyaluronic acid to help keep it there. Although witch hazel is often thought of as something that dries, rather than hydrates the skin, this one is known for not overdrying it. It’s also great at helping to remove impurities. If you’d prefer a spray, rather than a bottle, this also comes in a “mist” that’s very refreshing in the summer!
3. Best Lightweight Hydrating Toner
Dermalogica: Multi-Active Toner
We’ve long said that toners can be used throughout the day, especially when the weather gets really hot or your skin just feels dried out, but given how strong some toners are, that’s not always doable. That’s why it’s nice to keep a super-lightweight hydrating toner on hand so you can give yourself a little spritz without doing too much damage to your make-up or feeling as if you need a towel. Complete with moisture-binding humectants, this light-as-air toner is great when you want just a small refresh!
4. Best Hydrating Toner for Dry Skin
Murad: Hydrating Toner
If your main goal in using a toner is hydration, this facial toner uses sodium PCA to help replenish moisture and chamomile and cucumber extracts to help soften it. It can be used on many skin types, but as it’s known as a sort of super-hydrator, we think dry skins will really benefit from it!
5. Best Hydrating Toner for Oily Skin
innisfree: Balancing Toner with Green Tea
We know what you’re thinking: Why would oily skins need a hydrating toner? In fact, even oily skins can lose moisture and toners are a great way to get it back since they have a tendency to be more lightweight than most moisturizers. This one in particular uses one of our favorites, green tea, which is lauded for its ability to balance the skin’s oils, something that’s understandably crucial to oily skin. Although most toners feel more like water, this one feels more like a gel.
6. Best Vegan Hydrating Toner
Body Shop: Aloe Calming Toner
As a vegan brand ourselves, we love like-minded companies, which is why we’re such fans of the Body Shop and their Aloe Calming Toner. Using aloe vera, one of the great calming agents of all time, this toner is great if your skin needs a little soothing. It’s also fabulous for getting gunk like dirt and oil out of skin’s pores and providing an instant glow to dull, lifeless skin.
7. Best Splurge Hydrating Toner
Barbara Sturm: Balancing Toner
In the mood for a skin care splurge? If you are, Barbara Sturm’s Balancing Toner is a good choice. This gentle toner contains hyaluronic acid to really make sure skin is getting--and keeping enough moisture. It’s also known for getting excess oil and dirt off the skin, this is a great, pre-makeup or pre-sunscreen toner because it helps prime the skin.
8. Best Natural Hydrating Toner
Lavido: Hydrating Facial Toner
We don’t know about you, but we love trying new skin care brands (or just brands that are new to us), which is why we were so excited about Lavido. Coming straight from the Jezreel Valley in Israel, this brand was started by a plant chemist who uses area ingredients for the brand’s products. Among our favorites is their Hydrating Facial Toner which uses lavender hydrosol water, pomegranate extract, orange blossom, and carrot extract to soothe, brighten, and improve the appearance of skin tone.
9. Best Mid-Priced Hydrating Toner
If you’re looking for a hydrating toner that’s somewhere between a splurge and a bargain, this hydrating toner from French brand, Caudalié is a great solution. Using what the company refers to as “Vinolevure,” an ingredient derived from yeast, this mild toner is brilliant at soothing, softening, and prepping the skin for makeup or sunscreen. If you’re not familiar with the brand, their products also have a lovely, understated scent to them and feel gentle on the skin.
10. Best Hydrating Toner for Sensitive Skin
Bioderma: Hydrabio Tonic Lotion
Although it’s known for being easy on the skin, this toner specifically targets skin that’s already dehydrated, making it perfect for sensitive skin in particular. Lightweight and non-comedogenic, it won’t clog your pores or encourage more irritation. Using an apple seed extract, this toner also helps soften the skin. Just remember, that even though it’s called a “lotion,” it’s consistency is that of a facial toner, so don’t expect a thicker texture.
So those are our picks for the best hydrating toners on the market! Whether you have dry skin or skin that looks like an oil slick, a strict budget or money burning a hole in your pocket, we hope you’ve found a hydrating toner here that’s right for you!