To those of us whose skin errs on the side of dry, toner has always felt like the least necessary (potentially even detrimental) step in a skincare routine. For too long its gotten a bad rap for being overly drying and irritating despite its goal of evening out skin tones. That is until now.

Toning formulas have come a long way from being dependent on alcohol as a primary ingredient. In a beauty world where natural is better, the best toners on the market are pumped full of active botanicals that leave skin feeling soft and supple.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol Free Toner

Your skin feels plump and refreshed after using and the all natural ingredients are a bonus too. Is definitely on the expensive side but it lasts for ages so worth investing in as part of a a kiehls skincare routine. This toner skips the alcohol in favor of calendula, which not only serves as an antiseptic but also an anti-inflammatory to help treat acne and blemishes. Formulated with calendula petals. Alcohol-free.

Burt's Bees Rosewater Toner

The classic botanical scent. When it comes to toning, rosewater helps balance your skin's pH, removes excess dirt and oil, and subtly hydrates to leave your skin baby soft and cleaner than its ever felt before. Formulated with rosewater, aloe vera, and glycerin. 99.9% natural ingredients.

Lancôme Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner with Acacia Honey

Hydrating dry skin. Most toners are liquid light, but this re-hydrating formula has a thick, velvety texture.Non-comedogenic.Dermatologist-tested.

CAUDALÍE Beauty Elixir

Getting that post-spa refreshed and rejuvenated feeling. In a 1 oz spray bottle, this toner is a must-have for long flights. Dry, pressurized cabin air leaves skin puffy and lackluster but a few minty spritzes of this toner gives you back your glow.Available in two sizes.Hypoallergenic.Cruelty-free.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

All-in-one product that tightens, tones, and fades those fine lines away. Oily, acne prone skin with stretched out pores filled with blackheads all over. Reduces appearance of spots and wrinkles. Allows skin’s natural surface-rejuvenation process to function. Free of sulfates, GMO, and synthetic fragrance.

OLEHENRIKSEN Balancing Force Oil Control Toner

Salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids purify and mattify oily skin. This astringent toner was a 2018 Teen Vogue Acne Award winner! Formulated with salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids. Non-comedogenic. Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2

Exfoliating while you tone. This product is step 2 in a 3 part skincare system. For best results, use with Clinique's Facial Soap and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.   Dermatologist developed. Free of fragrance, SLS, silicone, oil, and gluten.

FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner

Few products are as luxurious looking and feeling as a toner with real, floating rose petals.This gorgeous product has been raking in the awards from Allure Best in Beauty to OK! Magazine's 2017 Spring Beauty Awards.Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Made in the USA.

Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera

A beauty cabinet must-have. Toning isn't all this product can be used for! Rich with witch hazel and aloe vera, try dousing on sunburned skin for hydration and relief. Un-distilled. Cleanses and moisturizes. Alcohol-free.


Mario Badescu Facial Spray

For $7 a bottle, consider this a best-kept beauty secret. Feels extremely refreshing on your skin, helps nourish and hydrate, and smells wonderful. Gentle, non-irritating.    Fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater.

The Top 10 toners on this list are making a case for working a toner in post cleanser to lift out dirt and excess oil, hydrate, and brighten skin. The truth behind toners is that they remove the impurities your cleanser can’t reach, all while also shrinking pores, healing acne, controlling oil, and restoring your skin’s pH balance. Beyond that, they smell divine and leave you with the same refreshed feeling you get from an amazing day at the spa.