The Best Toners for Dry Skin
Years ago, astringents and similar “face toners” mostly featured ingredients that dried out skin, but thankfully times—and formulas—have changed. The newest generation of toners are all about replenishing dry skin, giving back the ingredients it needs to become hydrated, smoother, and more resilient. The right face toner for dry skin can make a world of difference in how plumped and radiant your skin appears.
Toner Benefits for Dry Skin
Even if you’re using a moisturising cleanser that’s gentle on skin, the cleansing process can leave dry skin in need of replenishment. That’s where a hydrating toner steps in: it’s extra insurance to help dry skin stay comfortable and supple. Think of it as an oasis of relief for parched skin.
The best toners are composed of a wealth of soothing, hydrating, and skin-loving ingredients like antioxidants. They give back to skin what cleansing takes away, leading to an immediately renewed appearance. Toners create a perfect “canvas” for the rest of your skin care routine. At night, they can also help remove any last traces of makeup or sunscreen that your cleanser didn’t quite get.
Our Favourite Toners for Dry Skin
At Paula’s Choice Skincare, we love well-formulated toners for the critical role they play in a skin care routine. Using research-backed ingredients, we’ve formulated toners designed to give dry skin the hydrating, smoothing boost it needs after cleaning.
We also know that dry skin isn’t one-size-fits-all—there are different levels of dryness, as well as secondary concerns like sensitive skin or signs of ageing. That’s why we offer different types of dry skin toners to best address your skin’s specific needs.
MOISTURE BOOST Essential Hydrating Toner: Ideal for dehydrated skin with early signs of ageing, this moisture-rich liquid features numerous antioxidants and non-fragrant plant oils to refresh skin and protect its moisture barrier, while leaving a dewy finish.
SKIN RECOVERY Enriched Calming Toner: Specially created for very dry, flaky skin, this toner’s milky formula contains antioxidant-rich primrose and borage seed oils, plus skin-conditioning allantoin, vitamins E + B3 (niacinamide), all contributing to making skin feel soft, silky, and smooth.
CALM Redness Relief Toner for Normal to Dry Skin: Instantly nourish dry, sensitive skin prone to redness with this gentle, hydrating toner. Soothing allantoin, licorice, willow herb, and green tea, plus omega fatty acids replenish skin for a healthier look and feel.
RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner: This a powerhouse toner for those concerned with minimising the appearance of wrinkles and advanced signs of ageing. The moisturising milky texture is enriched with skin plumping hyaluronic acid, repairing omega fatty acids, and a unique, potent mix of non-fragrant antioxidant plant extracts (including green tea, licorice, beet root, and pumpkin).
EARTH SOURCED Purely Natural Refreshing Toner: This toner delivers a unique, cushiony, liquid-gel texture whose 98% natural formula hydrates all skin types and delivers plant-based antioxidants that shield skin from environmental stresses.
Two-Week Toner Challenge
If you’ve never tried a skin toner before (or gave up on them years ago due to poor formulations), we challenge you to try one of options above, and see what a difference it can make. Give it a couple weeks, and you’ll be hooked on how much softer, smoother, healthier and revitalised your skin looks and feels—really. This simple step might just turn into your ‘can’t-live-without-it’ skin care essential.
References for this information:
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2015, page 28; July 2014, pages 177-184; and November 2012, pages 1,013-1,024
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