09 November, 2015 Top Six: Toners, Sprays and Mists
Toners are awesome. Although historically the term ‘toner’ was used to describe a product that contained a whole lotta alcohol and claimed to ‘shrink’ and ‘close’ pores (never going to happen), ‘toner’ now means virtually anything – be it a lotion, spritz or fine mist – that offers skincare benefits post-cleanse. Whether you want an extra boost of hydration, need to exfoliate a dull, flaky complexion, or simply need some help with reducing the size of a blemish, there’s a toner out there for you to suit both your skin type AND budget. I’ve bundled my six favourites (plus two honourable mentions) – let me know if you have any recommendations to add my current collection of toners, sprays and mists!
If you’ve been reading Making It Up for a while, you’ll know that La Roche Posay’s Serozinc (£8.50 here, review here) is a long-standing skincare love. I’ve picked up countless bottles over the years, and always have a backup in the bathroom. This fine mist is perfect for soothing congested, sore skin, mattifying greasy areas, and disinfecting a spot when things are looking red and angry. The ingredients list is minimal, with only zinc sulphate, sodium chloride and water blended together to create this iconic product. I’ve not seen many dupes around, which makes me think that La Roche Posay have some sort of special ingredient or way of creating this that makes it unmatchable – which is fine by me. It’s cheap, a little goes a long way, and it’s a seriously brilliant product.
For a boost of moisture that doesn’t leave me looking greasy, I like to reach for the Antipodes Resurrect Facial Toner (£18.99 here, review here). This refreshing mist contains sage, lavender and chamomile to hydrate, sooth and balance my complexion. It’s great after applying a clay-based mask (which can often leave my skin feeling really dry and sore), and it’s also nice applied on top of light makeup if I want to add some subtle glow.
A recent purchase that I’m currently hooked on is the Janjira Marine Radiant White Toner (£20 here, review here). It’s just SO nourishing without leaving a trace of oil or excess moisture, and contains hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C to brighten, hydrate and make skin look super healthy, rested and glowy. I love this at all times of the day, but my favourite time to use this is post-Serozinc application, before serum. It almost acts like an essence – it locks in moisture, whilst prepping skin for heavier products. Would so recommend this!
When I’m feeling seriously spotty (usually when I’m hormonal and Auntie Flo’s in town), the Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion (£12.95 here) is great for drying out blemishes and whacking them with a huge dose of sulphur. Sulphur is brilliant for disinfecting skin and reducing inflammation, and it also absorbs excess oil. Not for the faint of heart, this is definitely a twice-a-month toner, as it is pretty intense. It’s great if you’re oily and prone to breakouts, and I’ve always kept a backup bottle for cystic spots and flare-ups.
After LRP’s Serozinc, the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer (£14.75 here) is my most reached-for toner/spray/mist. This floral spritzer smells beautiful, and is packed with skin-loving ingredients, such as aloe vera, chamomile, calendula, cucumber, lavender, geranium and sweet orange oil. It’s brightening, revitalising, and seriously addictive. I’ve been using Liz Earle for years now, and I adore her gentle approach to skincare. This is gorgeous in the morning and before bed, and is also amazing in the summer when kept chilled in the fridge for some poolside hydration. Bliss!
My last toner recommendation is the phenomenal Pixi Glow Tonic (£18 here, review here). This gentle chemical exfoliant sloughs away dead skin, and reveals a perkier, healthier-looking complexion underneath. It contains ginseng, witch hazel, horse chestnut and glycolic acid to smooth and soothe, and it’s surprisingly light and kind to skin, considering how effective it is in just one use. I apply to blemish scars or marks to speed up the heeling process, as well as my t-zone for targeted blackhead control. It’s a skincare shelf must-have!
My extra, honourable mentions go to the REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner (£11.50 here, review here), which is oil-busting and great for hormonal outbreaks, and the Glossier Soothing Face Mist ($18 here, review here), which smells deliciously floral and great for lots of hydration.
What do you think of my favourite toners? Do you have any to add to my list? Share below!