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Your Guide to Toners: Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to skincare, toners are often misunderstood and under-utilised. However, incorporating a toner into your daily routine can have numerous benefits for your skin. Primarily, toners are used after cleansing to remove any residual dirt or makeup that may have been missed during cleansing. However, they also help to balance the skin's pH level, which can be disrupted by the alkaline nature of some cleansers. In addition, toners can help to hydrate, soothe, and prep the skin for further treatment products such as serums or moisturisers. Although that doesn't even scratch the surface when it comes to toners. Ready to learn all there is to know?

Medik8 Daily Refresh Toner
Toners are a great way to ensure your skin is truly clean before applying any further skincare products. Photo credit: Medik8.

The key difference between cleansers and toners

Cleansers are the first step in your daily skincare routine. They are used to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin's surface, as well as any grime that has built up throughout your daily adventures. On the other hand, toners are used to remove any remaining impurities following cleansing and help to balance the skin's pH level.

Cleansers can often be too harsh for the skin, leaving it stripped of its natural oils when used in isolation, whereas toners have many benefits for your skin, helping to replenish and hydrate the skin, making them a vital step in your skincare routine.

For more information on how to use cleansers in your skincare routine, check out our recent blog: Everything You Need to Know About Cleansers.

What types of toners are available

There are several types of toners available on the market, each designed to address specific skin concerns. While this can be overwhelming, we've created a handy table to highlight the main types of toners and their uses.

Type of toner

Benefits of toner

Our toner recommendation

Hydrating toner - best for giving you a glow

Adds moisture

Leaves skin plump

Keeps skin hydrated

Exfoliating toner - best for removing impurities

Removes dead skin cells

Unclogs pores

Improves complexion

Leaves skin visibly brighter and smoother

​Soothing toners - best for sensitive skin

Formulated with gentle ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile or green tea

Helps to soothe and calm irritated or sensitive skin

​pH balancing toners - best to restore your skin to it's best self

Restores the skin's natural pH level

Refines pores

Hydrates the skin

Clarifying toners - best for creating 'clean' skin

Often contains ingredients such as witch hazel, tea tree oil or salicylic acid

Reduces oiliness

Minimises appearance of pores