Chances are you’ve seen them–whether at your local drugstore, in a
beauty outlet, or online–toners are everywhere, and they can do
wonders for your skin.
And yet, there are even some self-proclaimed skincare junkies that
skip the toner step, missing out on a wealth of benefits. And one of
our favorite things about toner is how it can help oily skin types.
Toners work by gently renewing & purifying the skin while restoring
pH, without stripping it of its natural moisture. In other words,
toners won’t irritate sensitive skin or cause dryness or patchiness.
Whether your skin is oily, dry, or combination, there’s a toner out
there for you. But if you’re an oily skin type, toners especially make
a difference by minimizing sebum levels, reducing shine, and shrinking
the appearance pores.
But like with anything in skincare, it’s all about finding the right
toner to suit your needs–that’s where we’re here to help!
Today, we’re sharing the best toners for oily skin, as well as the
specifics on how it can help manage oil levels and prevent breakouts.
Oily Skin, Defined
Before we talk about the best toners for oily skin, it helps to
determine whether you’re an oily skin type.
In order to keep us moisturized, we all require a certain amount of
natural oil in our skin, regardless of our skin type.
Generally speaking, your skin type is determined by the amount of oil
your skin produces; based on your skin’s oil levels, you can determine
your skin type as dry, combination, normal, or oily.
While we go more into depth on skin types in
this blog post, an oily skin type is exactly what you’d expect. Excess oil on the
face can cause the skin to appear shiny or greasy, and the pores may
become clogged or enlarged as sebum builds up.
You may have an oily skin type if:
Your skin is shiny and sometimes appears greasy in the evening
There tends to be more blackheads, pimples, or whiteheads in the
oilier areas of your face
Makeup tends to “slide around” on the skin, and may smudge or
smear as the day goes
When in doubt, make sure to pay attention to your T-Zone. This is the
region of the face that covers the forehead and nose, forming a
T-shape. The T-zone naturally tends to have more active oil glands,
which could spell out excess sebum in the skin.
If your T-Zone is oily but the rest of your face looks normal or dry,
then you may have combination-type skin. It’s important to note,
however, that skin types can change over time, and your skin can have
multiple “types.” Take note of the way your skin changes due to
hormones, climate and stress levels.
How Do Toners Help Our Skin?
Toners work by restoring pH and removing excess oils and impurities
that cleansers miss. When you incorporate one of the best toners for
oily skin, this can help shrink the appearance of enlarged pores and
keep oil levels in check.
Make sure to choose a toner formula that’s been created with
ingredients that focus on managing oil levels, but try to avoid toners
containing alcohol; these are extra stripping to the skin!
Conversely, avoid toners that have been formulated with ingredients
like coconut and mineral oil, as these are highly emollient and may
worsen oily skin.
Instead, opt for gently clarifying, skin-balancing ingredients like
willow bark, green tea, and aloe vera.
Best Toners for Oily Skin
100% PURE Tea Tree & Willow Clarifying Astringent
Known as one of our best face toners for oily skin, this astringent is
made with an infusion of tea tree and witch hazel, which work to ease
oil production in the skin to establish more balanced, toned skin.
Soothing botanicals like neem, rosemary, and willow combat
acne-causing bacteria and oil levels.
Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner
This balancing toner from Herbivore Botanicals uses witch hazel to
clarify and aloe vera to hydrate, white willow bark and ginger root
help calm and restore the skin.
Herbivore’s botanical-infused oil balancing facial toner features the
rejuvenating powers of antioxidant-packed green tea, and is made with
organic jasmine water to refresh the skin and manage oiliness.
True Botanicals Clear Nutrient Toner
True to its brand name, this toner is infused with powerful, pure
botanicals that help fight acne-causing bacteria and neutralizing
oiliness in skin. With toning ingredients like sandalwood water and
green tea, we especially love this toner for fading scarring and
Marie Veronique Balancing HypoTonic
This Balancing HypoTonic from Marie Veronique preps the top skin
layers for optimum intake of your most powerful serums. Alpha-hydroxy
acids (AHAs) re-establish pH levels in the skin, while prebiotics and
probiotics rebalance the skin’s microbiome. While mists or toners can
often leave the skin feeling stripped, this formula hydrates it by
saturating the liquid content of skin cells with the lipids that