Combination skin can be deceptively tricky to care for. The presence of both oily and dry skin on the face requires a little extra effort when planning a skincare routine. But, the right products can make a world of difference. After using a gentle cleanser and before using a moisturizer, one can use a toner to further cleanse and care for the skin.
Toners effectively cleanse pores and remove residual oil while also hydrating and treating the skin. The fast-penetrating formulas are able to deliver a strong hit of antioxidants and also balance the skin’s naturally acidic pH level. For combination skin, look for toners that are rich in antioxidants and hydrating compounds — this will benefit those drier areas on your face. If you’re looking for a place to start, we found the seven best toners to use for combination skin.
Paula’s Choice Pore-Reducing Toner
Packed with antioxidants and hydrating ceramides, this toner is forumulated to help balance your skin and fight the effects of aging. It also features niacinamide, which, over time, will help reduce the size of pores. This toner is designed specifically for people with combination and oily skin, and promises to refine and protect with daily use.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mico-Exfoliating Astringent Toner
If you have oily or combintation skin that is prone to acne, this toner will help you achieve clearer skin with daily use. It uses salicylic acid to unclog and tighten pores, and it has been tested and proven to not cause irritation.
Murad Clarifying Toner
This clarifying toner helps reduce oil and impurities for acne-prone skin. The formula includes carrageenan extract to purify the skin without drying and witch hazel to tighten pores and a blend of botanticals to refresh the skin.
Epionce Balancing Toner
Ideal for those with sensitive skin, this toner is paraben-free, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. It uses cucumber extract to calm and soothe the skin (perfect for those prone to redness and irritation) and marshmallow extract to promote cell regeneration and help repair damage.
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Toner
Designed specifically for those with combination skin, this mildly astringent toner helps complete the cleansing process while also soothing the skin. Scented with floral and green notes, it includes witch hazel to tighten pores, niacinamide to reduce pore size over time and chamomile bud for a strong hit of antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
PCA Skin Nutrient Toner
This toner is loaded with ingredients aimed at revitalizing the skin and removing impurities. A combination of vitamins, enzymes and amino acids nourish the skin and alpha hydroxy acids remove dead skin cells and help refine pores (in turn reducing the chance for acne flare-ups).
Obagi-C Rx System C-Balancing Toner
Geared towards stabilizing your skin’s pH level, this toner reduces excess oil and ensures a clear, matte complexion. It uses vitamin C to promote collagen synthesis and diminish hyperpigmentation, witch hazel to purify and minimize pores and aloe vera to soothe inflammation and even skin tone.