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Toners Can Improve Your Skin—Here Are 9 We Love

Yes, There Is a Toner
For Every Skin Type and Concern—Try These 9

Toner isn’t simply an extra step to add to your skincare routine. Kiehl’s experts agree it’s a way to take your skincare to the next level by specifically caring for your skin type and addressing your biggest skin concerns. Our formulas help refresh and balance skin while addressing your skin’s unique needs. Whether you have sensitive, oily, acne-prone, dry, or normal skin, we know the best toner for you. Keep reading to find your match.

Normal To Oily Skin Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner
Normal Skin Ultra Facial Toner
Dry And Sensitive Skin Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner
Oily Skin Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner
Men's Skin Facial Fuel Energizing Tonic
Acne-Prone Skin Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion
Enlarged Pores Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic
Aging and Dull Skin Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Treatment Water
Uneven Skin Tone and Texture Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner

The Best Toner For Every Skin Type

When recommending the best toner, there are two main approaches we take. The first is to select a toner that matches your skin type. The second is to pick a skin toner based on your skin concerns. Below, we’re doing the former and sharing our best toner for oily skin, normal skin, and more.

Kiehl’s Best Toner For Normal To Oily Skin:

Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner

Help calm, soothe, and refresh skin with Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner. Combination and oily (even sensitive) skin can benefit from this best-selling toner that gently balances skin’s natural oils and removes any dirt, debris, and residue left behind by your cleanser. Its gentle yet effective alcohol-free formula is infused with handpicked Calendula flower petals. Alcohol-free toners are ideal for normal to oil skin, which you don’t want to expose to harsh drying ingredients.


Kiehl’s Best Toner For Normal Skin:

Ultra Facial Toner

There’s a misconception that toner dries out your skin, but that certainly doesn’t have to be the case. Ultra Facial Toner is the perfect gentle formula for refreshing normal to dry skin. The pH-balanced skin toner contains effective emollients like squalane, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E. It’s gentle enough to use on sensitive skin and carefully formulated not to over-dry or strip skin of natural oils.


Kiehl’s Best Toner For Dry And Sensitive Skin:

Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner

The mildest of our facial toners is Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner, making it ideal for dry and sensitive skin. It gently balances and tones with a mild astringent effect and leaves skin feeling refreshed, soft, and smooth. The non-drying, alcohol-free toner is infused with allantoin and cucumber extract and helps to soothe and hydrate skin.


Kiehl’s Best Toner For Oily Skin

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner

When customers ask for the best toner for oily skin, we point them in the direction of Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. This non-drying face toner (and no, you don’t want to dry out oily skin) helps reduce excess oil while removing dirt and residue. The alcohol-free, pH-balanced formula soothes and tones for fresher, healthier-looking skin.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: Even for oily skin types, it's important not to use products that strip skin of its natural oils because when skin lacks moisture, it can actually produce more oil.


Kiehl’s Best Toner For Men:

Facial Fuel Energizing Tonic

It’s true that men can have dry, oily, sensitive, or normal skin, just like anyone else. But, it’s also undeniable that men and women have different skin. Their skin is thicker and has larger pores. For this reason, we recommend men try Facial Fuel Energizing Tonic. This invigorating toner, which can be used morning and night, visibly reduces the signs of fatigue while helping to soothe and balance skin. The formula contains caffeine and bamboo extract and leaves skin feeling hydrated and comfortable. You can also use the face toner to soothe and refresh skin after shaving.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: Multi-tasking skincare products are a must if you want to streamline your routine and stick with simple skincare steps. A toner that doubles as a skin-soother post-shave is a great place to start, as is a moisturizer with SPF. Knock out two steps in one because why not?


The Best Toner For Your Skin Concerns

As we mentioned, the best toner for you could also be one that helps manage a specific issue or concern. Next, we’re recommending our favorite treatment toners, which can be used to help tackle everything from acne to aging skin.

Kiehl’s Best Toner For Acne-Prone Skin:

Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion

The best toner for acne is a popular request for Kiehl’s customers, and we know just the thing. Our iconic facial toner, Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion, helps balance excess oil and soothe combination, oily, and acne-prone skin. It’s especially effective in helping re-balance oily areas like the T-zone. The skin toner is formulated with menthol and camphor, two ingredients commonly used in skincare products for oily skin, to provide an instant refreshing feel and cooling effect. This customer-favorite for more than 50 years can be used all over or as a spot treatment on problem areas. Use it daily or as needed.


Kiehl’s Best Toner For Enlarged Pores:

Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic

Everyone has pores, and you have to face the facts: You can’t get rid of them. What you can do is visibly minimize them with a skin toner. Help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and shine using Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic. This dual-phase pore minimizing toner is formulated with ingredients sourced from the Marajó Island at the mouth of the Amazon River, including Amazonian white clay. The toner is designed to help eliminate surface toxins from the skin and control excess surface oil to leave skin appearing matte with re-balanced moisture levels.


Kiehl’s Best Toner For Aging and Dull Skin:

Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Treatment Water

As you get older, it’s natural for your complexion to start looking dull. Even so, dull, aging skin is a top skincare concern—it doesn’t matter that it’s only natural. The good news is, the right facial toner can make a difference. Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Treatment Water is formulated with activated C (a potent form of vitamin C), illuminating minerals, and licorice root, making for a toner that refreshes dull skin for visibly improved clarity. The face toner also helps to brighten skin with a subtle glow and was shown to help strengthen the skin barrier in a clinical study.


Kiehl’s Best Toner For Uneven Skin Tone and Texture:

Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner

Something you may not realize is that a toner can be used to exfoliate your skin. Certain toners, like Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner, are liquid exfoliators that help address an uneven skin tone and texture. Our milk-peel lightly sloughs away dead skin cells and impurities. The formula, which contains almond milk and lipo-hydroxy acid, replenishes the skin’s barrier for a clear complexion and smooth, comfortable feel.


Next: Once you’ve narrowed down the right toner for your complexion, make sure you have the perfect moisturizer on deck, too. Here’s how to Find The Best Moisturizer For Your Skin.

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