Toners are often overlooked when it comes to a three-stage skincare routine, which is a shame as they can be a very beneficial addition to your beauty routine, particularly if you have oily skin. As Melodie discusses in her article ‘What does a toner do for your skin?’ toners are great at shrinking your pores and restoring your skin’s natural pH balance – valuable qualities if you have spot-prone, oily skin!
Toners can also help refresh your skin, removing impurities that could potentially block pores! However, when it comes to picking a toner, you have to be careful. Oily skin can also be quite sensitive and many high-stress toners contain nasty chemicals that can strip your skin of its natural oils – this might sound like a good thing if you have too much oil, but it in fact leaves your skin raw, dry and even more prone to flare-ups.
Thankfully, we have a solution! Here at Jan de Vries, we have an amazing selection of toners, some of which are specifically aimed at oily skin.
1 – Dr Hauschka’s Clarifying Toner
Melodie mentioned this lovely product in her article but I’m giving it another shout-out here because it truly does deserve it. Dr Hauschka is a luxurious skincare brand but they have definitely earned their reputation.
Their Clarifying Toner contains an infusion of witch hazel, a natural astringent, anti-viral Echinacea and soothing calendula! It’s also vegan-friendly, helping to naturally reduce your production of excess oil – not bad! No nasty extras, just good, wholesome ingredients!
2 – Sukin Oil Balancing Facial Tonic
It might not be a toner in name, but Sukin’s Oil Balancing Facial Tonic definitely acts the part and, as the name may suggest, it’s incredible at balancing oily skin. Reducing and refining pores, it helps to regulate your skin’s production of oil and contains an array of amazing ingredients, including chamomile, cucumber and cleansing aloe vera. Goodbye shiny skin!
While Sukin never skimp on quality, they are certainly a more affordable brand than Dr Hauschka, which makes them an excellent mid-range option. You’ll also never see Sukin putting any harsh chemicals like parabens, sulphates or artificial fragrances in their products so you can rest assure that your skin is safe.
3 – Apple Cider Vinegar
If you’re interested in a DIY toner for oily skin, apple cider vinegar should be just what you’re looking for. It helps to remove oil and impurities whilst revitalising your skin. It’s also a natural anti-bacterial agent as well as containing anti-inflammatory properties.
Before you go slapping it on your skin, though, there are a few things you should know. The first is that you should always dilute apple cider vinegar before applying it to your skin – usually a solution
As Louise remarks in her article ‘8 great uses for apple cider vinegar’, the smell normally disappears as the vinegar dries, however, you could always add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture in order to solve this problem.
When it comes to which apple cider vinegar, I’d advise choosing Braggs. Their Apple Cider Vinegar is organic, unfiltered and contains ‘the mother’ a cloudy residue that’s rich in nutrients and vital acids!