Toners are an essential part of any good skincare routine. They remove traces of dirt and makeup that your face wash may leave behind, they balance your skin’s pH, improve your overall skin tone, and prep your skin for the next steps in your routine. These skincare powerhouses are pretty great, but when you have sensitive skin, it’s easy to understand why you may want to skip this step entirely. Burning, stinging, itching, and redness are never a good look. While you should avoid toners with alcohol and fragrances if you have sensitive skin, you don’t have to skip this step altogether. There are plenty of toners specifically formulated to soothe, cleanse, and hydrate sensitive skin without irritation. Ahead, we’ll take a look at five of the best toners for sensitive skin.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner takes a novel approach to toners: not only is it 100% alcohol-free, but it also comes in a milky liquid form. Formulated with squalane, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E, and avocado oil, this toner is incredibly gentle but still quite effective. It balances your skin’s pH, and removes traces of makeup, dirt, and excess oil without damaging your skin. Kiehl’s leaves your skin feeling clean, hydrated, and moisturized.
Formulated with rose flower extract, elderflower, and chamomile, Pixi’s Rose Tonic does it all. It removes impurities, restores your skin’s pH balance, and minimizes redness as it rehydrates, brightens, and refreshes.
Powered by essential oils and good for your skin ingredients like orange flower water, peppermint, and rose water, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir boasts a ton of benefits. It cleans away impurities, minimizes the look of large pores, and evens out your skin tone. As an added benefit, this refreshing spray can also be used to set your makeup or as a quick refresh for a boost of radiance during the day.
Enhanced with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, Dickinson's witch hazel is a gentle, alcohol-free toner. It removes impurities, moisturizes your skin, and refines pores. Plus, it's formulated with 98% witch hazel and rosewater, so it smells divine.
Mario Badescu’s aloe vera toner is their mildest formula, created specifically for sensitive and dry skin. This toner is alcohol-free and fragrance-free, so it’s not harsh and it won’t irritate your skin. Infused with aloe vera, this toner does everything a toner should: it removes any traces of dirt and makeup, calms irritated skin, and delivers soothing hydration to keep your skin in balance.