Toner Review

Toner review! Before I started listening to beauty podcasts, discussing skincare with friends, and avidly following bloggers, I’d distrusted anything that I considered “extra” skincare as something that could potentially wreck havoc on my acne-prone skin. I lived and died by the pm routine of cleanser/epidou and am routine of cleanser/spf moisturizer. I was convinced any oils, masks, or creams would destroy my complexion.

Boy was I wrong!

The first “extra” product I got into was toner and I started with @neutrogena alcohol-free toner. It came in a 8.5 fl oz bottle and I am still not all the way through it. I chose this as my first toner as all the articles I read decried alcohol- based toners, warning they could strip skin of moisture. I liked this toner immensely and did see my pores shrink, my acne decrease, and my skin began to feel tighter overall which I personally like. During the time I used this toner, I saw the clearest skin of my life – granted I was also only eating salad! I may go back to this toner one day, and would give it 4/5 stars

Next, I used @thayersnatural Witch Hazel toner with aloe vera and rose petal. It is also alcohol free, and smells like a freshly cut rose. I bought my first one from target in a 3 fl oz bottle months ago and still have half the bottle! This toner is not drying, decreases pores, and provides an 360 experience with the scent, results, and cooling effect. My acne did not get better using this toner, but it also didn’t get worse. I’d give it 3/5 stars and may purchase again.
The current toner I’m using is @mariobadescu’s Special Cucumber Lotion. This is the most drying of the toners I have, but it also leaves my skin feeling the cleanest. Designed for acne-prone skin, this stuff is powerful and has the second “cleanest” ingredients list. I have seen smaller pores, tighter skin, and my acne has remained about the same. I’d purchase again, however, and give it 4/5 stars.

What is your favorite toner?