15 Exfoliating Toners for Giving Your Skin a Fresh Start

15 Exfoliating Toners for Giving Your Skin a Fresh Start
Photo: Cierra Miller/STYLECASTER.

It seems the debate surrounding facial toner is never-ending. There are some experts who claim it’s optional and others who say it’s the smartest way to put moisture back into your skin post-cleansing, thus leading to fewer breakouts and other skin setbacks. As someone who has tried both methods for extensive periods of time, I’m more inclined to believe the latter. Furthermore, I find the best exfoliating toner to be a worthwhile pick-me-up when my complexion can’t seem to break free of dullness, dryness or pimples.

Solutions meant to slough away dead skin cells, target dark spots and brighten the overall face are typically formulated with one or various types of acids: alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids or the gentler poly-hydroxy acids. There are also exfoliating toners that may utilize fruit enzymes—the most popular being pineapple—for even gentler exfoliation. The ones I’ve had the most success with combine these powerhouse ingredients with counteractive ones that soothe and hydrate the skin as it’s being transformed. Think aloe, ginseng, and botanical oils.

Knowing how often to use an exfoliating toner depends on your individual skin concerns; whereas someone with resilient or excessively oily skin may get away with daily application, a sensitive skin type may have to try once-a-week use. Either way, below are some of the best exfoliating toner options you can add to your routine right now.

No B.S. Purifying Facial Toner

No B.S.

No B.S. Purifying Facial Toner

No parabens, sulfates, artificial fragrance, gluten or petrochemicals to be found in this oil-balancing solution.

 

Georgette Klinger Phytic Exfoliating Toner

Georgette Klinger.

Georgette Klinger Phytic Exfoliating Toner

A daily toner for oily and combination skin types made with rice-derived phytic acid, a gentle botanical exfoliant.

glamglow exfoliating toner

GLAMGLOW Supertoner Exfoliating Acid Solution Toner

We’re thrilled to see our favorite acids all represented in the unique six-acid blend at the heart of this GLAMGLOW toner. Alongside clay and charcoal, the ingredients work together to exfoliate so skin is left refreshed, soft and smooth.

Mario Badescu Witch Hazel Rosewater Toner

Mario Badescu.

Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner

Though witch hazel makes for a powerful astringent, it can also be irritating, making the counterbalance of soothing rosewater particularly effective.

Yes To Daily Exfoliating Tonic

Yes To.

Yes To Glow-Boosting Daily Exfoliating Tonic

Ten percent of this drugstore exfoliant is antioxidant-rich pineapple enzyme and alpha-hydroxy-acids for retexturizing the skin.

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner

Benton.

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner

This gentle beta-hydroxy-acid-infused daily toner is a super mild solution for oily skin.

Glytone Enhance Cleansing Toner

Glytone.

Glytone Enhance Cleansing Toner

Oil-free and non-comedogenic, this refreshing toner is gentle enough for daily use on most skin types.

Skinceuticals Conditioning Toner

Skinceuticals.

Skinceuticals Conditioning Toner

A synthetic fragrance-free clarifying toner alpha and beta hydroxy acids for exfoliation and eucalyptus oil for calming moisture.

Versed Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Solution

Versed.

Versed Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Solution

Four different acids can be found in this potent (vegan) toning solution for correcting uneven skin tone and targeting acne scars.

Then I Met You Birch Milk Refining Toner

Then I Met You.

Then I Met You Birch Milk Refining Toner

Just 1% of this birch juice solution is a concentration of powerful alpha-hydroxy acids and gentler poly-hydroxyacids.

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi by Petra.

Pixi Glow Tonic

A cult favorite formulated with five percent glycolic acid, as well as aloe vera, ginseng and botanicals to nourish and brighten the skin.

 

Paulas Choice BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Paula’s Choice.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Paula’s Choice’s top-selling product is a gentle salicylic acid solution that sheds dead skin cells and minimizes the appearance of large pores.

OleHenriksen Dark Spot Toner

OleHenriksen.

OleHenriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner

This nighttime toner is a potent blend of glycolic acid, lactic acid and witch hazel water for reducing the appearance of dark spots in as little as one week.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution

The Ordinary.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Though this formula is 7% glycolic acid, the addition of aloe and Tasmanian Pepperberry also eases the redness and irritation typically associated with acids.

Glossier Solution

Glossier.

Glossier Solution

Glossier’s derm-tested, vegan and hypoallergenic skin exfoliant is 10 percent AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs to “unglue” dead skin and visibly brighten your complexion in a few short weeks.

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