What Is Facial Toner & How Does It Benefit The Skin?

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An often-underrated skincare step, we believe facial toner deserves a little more love.

But, if you’re relatively new to the world of skincare, you may be wondering, what is toner exactly? And how does it benefit the skin?

At Revolution Skincare, we’ve got you covered with our complete guide to facial toner! We explain exactly what it does and why we swear by it in our AM and PM routines. We also reveal some of the best facial toners to take your skincare to the next level!

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What is Toner?

A facial toner helps to rebalance the skin, restoring its natural pH level. It helps to sweep away residual dirt and impurities from the skin’s surface after cleansing.

Usually in liquid form, toner is fast absorbing, allowing it to efficiently work its magic and deliver key ingredients and targeted properties.

What Does Toner Do?

We’re glad you asked! The purpose of toner is to set the stage for the rest of your routine, ensuring skin is prepped and primed.

A ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t work when it comes to skincare – we all have different needs. The best thing about facial toner is that different toners perform different tasks. It can give your skin a boost, brighten or balance it – depending on the toner you use.

Toners can: 

  • Hydrate skin
  • Balance sebum production
  • Combat enlarged pores
  • Brighten skin
  • Exfoliate

How to Use Toner

Now that you know the purpose of toner, here’s how to incorporate it correctly into your skincare routine for maximum benefit!

When to Use Toner

Toner should be used as the second step of your routine, in between cleansing and moisturizing.

For best results, we recommend using it in both your morning and evening skincare ritual.

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How to Apply Toner

When skin has been cleansed, saturate a cotton pad and sweep across the face and neck.

Complete the rest of your skincare routine, finishing with a good moisturizer to help lock in the extra goodness your toner has provided.

Remember! Some toners can increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, so apply SPF every morning to avoid sun damage.

The Best Facial Toners for Your Skin Type

Ready to add a toner into your skincare routine? Here’s our guide to the best toners for your skin type.

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Best Toner for Dry Skin

If skin is on the dryer side, your toner should deliver enough moisture to maintain hydration and reduce signs of dryness.

The Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Tonic is fragrance-free and super gentle on dry skin. Most importantly, this toner for dry skin offers a milky blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal Extract and Witch Hazel that works to hydrate, soothe and condition.

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Best Toner for Textured Skin

Banish blocked pores and reveal bright, healthy-looking skin with the Revolution Skincare 5% Glycolic Acid Toner.

Glycolic Acid exfoliates skin to help remove dead cells and excess oils, while Ginseng, Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel works to brighten, soothe and condition the surface, tightening the pores to help prevent future congestion.

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Best Toner for Blemish-Prone Skin

If you’re prone to breakouts and want to offer your skin the best targeted treatment, try the Revolution Skincare 2% Salicylic Acid Toner.

Salicylic Acid is an exfoliant that deeply penetrates pores to break down trapped dirt and sebum, helping to prevent new spots and blemishes from forming.

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Best Toner for Dull Skin

Meet one of our most in demand products with so many skincare benefits! The Revolution Skincare 2.5% Glycolic Acid Toner is perfect for days where skin is looking and feeling a little lacklustre.

This skincare saviour contains brightening Ginseng and Aloe Vera to help revitalize dull skin, and Glycerin to lock in moisture. Skin is left feeling healthy, hydrated and fresh!

Best Toner for Oily Skin

Niacinamide is a fantastic ingredient that works wonders for regulating skin’s oil production.

The clarifying Revolution Skincare Niacinamide Tonic balances skin, while targeting blemishes and enlarged pores to help improve tone and texture. Oily skin, we’re coming for you!

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