The New TONERS
Astringent toners, those that leave your skin feeling super tight and dry due to their alcohol content, are so yesterday—and clearly not for everyone. “Usually, if a patient’s skin is oily, I let them use toners that can help control the oiliness and prevent acne,” says Anna Palabyab-rufino M.D., a dermatologist affiliated with the International Society of Dermatology. Otherwise, they can be skipped. If you have normal, dry, or sensitive skin, however, you can benefit more from hydrating toners, sometimes labeled skin softeners, refreshers or fresheners, or toning waters, which are safer to use every day. These mild toners contain water and humectants (which keep the moisture in) and very little, if any, alcohol.