From indulging in new dark-circle-banishing eye creams to facial mists and massagers, there’s no time like the present to evolve your skincare routine. And what better way to start than by purifying your skin à la deep-cleansing products like toners?
Toners play a vital role in any skincare routine and often are the secret behind clearer, brighter skin. They follow the first step of cleansing and act as a deeper, more thorough cleanse for the pores. Typically, skin that leans on the oilier side is the preferred candidate for toners. “For an oily skin type, a toner is typically used as part of a second cleansing,” explains Dr. Shuting Hu, a skin scientist at Acaderma.
"A toner is a great step for oily skin because it can help remove excess dirt and makeup that may be left behind after cleansing, which can clog pores and lead to breakouts,” says SkinCeuticals partner dermatologist Dr. Kim Nichols. “For oily skin, I recommend a toner that contains glycolic acid to enhance exfoliation and remove dead skin cells. Salicylic acid is also a great option to help unclog pores and remove excess oil.”
Toners not only gently remove excess residue and oil, they also prime the face for upcoming steps in a skincare regimen, like detoxing serums and hydrating moisturizers. From targeting enlarged pores and blemishes to treating pigmentation and inflammation, there is a toner for seemingly every skin concern these days. Ahead, discover the 17 dermatologist-approved picks that purify pores and brighten skin for the ultimate reset.