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Medical Esthetician Jordana Mattioli Names Her Five Essential (Plant-Based) Toners

You probably don’t use toner. Maybe toners bring to mind the harsh stinging astringent from your teenage years, or maybe your skin is halfway decent and toner seems like a redundant step. But since toners can add so many benefits to any skincare routine, the lack of desire to use one often rests in the fact that you simply haven’t met the right toner yet!

I have a few solid reasons for being a toner advocate. A great toner will go beyond just softening the skin and removing last traces of makeup. It will replenish after cleansing with a skin-specific specialized boost of beneficial ingredients and it will prep your skin for the rest of your skincare routine. If you’ve never thought toner was necessary, you’ll be surprised at how much a great one can improve skin issues like flaking, redness, and enlarged pores. In hot weather or if you have naturally oily skin, a great toner can sometimes even take the place of a moisturizer. Toners are really easy to use– think of them as setting the stage for your cleansing routine, so swipe or mist them on before applying any other products.

Quick Tips

  • If your toner isn’t in a mist bottle, you can always decant it into one.
  • Try keeping your toner in the fridge for a super-refreshing boost after a warm shower, or even to refresh makeup.
  • For under eye puffiness, try pouring a small amount of a hydrating toner in a mini ice cube tray and massaging the frozen toner cube around the eye area. This feels so amazing, plus the cold and increased circulation will de-puff instantly.

Below are some of my favorite tried and true eco-friendly toners for every skin type:

For Sensitive Skin

Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner— Skin-soothing botanicals like rice bran extract will immediately calm your skin while Tamarind seed extract and hyaluronic acid work to increase skin’s hydration. Additional antioxidant protection comes from an infusion of white, green, and black tea extracts which make this a perfect option for sensitive skin.

For Deep Hydration or Mature Skin

One Love Organics Vitamin D Moisture Mist — This botanical mist drenches the skin with emollient oils and Vitamin E through a time-release delivery system for long-lasting hydration. Shiitake mushroom (a natural source of Vitamin D) helps tone and balance while antioxidant-rich alpine rose protects.

For Oily Skin

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner — Oily skin needs just the right amount of lightweight hydration, and this toner will nourish your skin with aloe, hyaluronic acid, and sea-based nutrients. It’s also spiked with tea tree and black willowbank to control oil and fight bacteria.

For Acne

Marie Veronique Treatment Mist — This effective mist fights acne and prevents it with probiotics and lactic acid. It also works on lightening old marks with B vitamins and botanicals. Additional powerful antioxidants soothe redness and even out acne-related blotchiness.

For Pigmentation and Dark Spots

Derma E Evenly Radiant Brightening Toner— You’ll see your dark spots fade and your complexion brighten with this formula that has a heavy dose of proven brighteners like Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Vitamin C, Licorice Root, and Bearberry extracts. Additional antioxidants make this a perfect formula to feel your best!

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Jordana Mattioli is a medical esthetician and sought-after beauty expert based in New York City. Previously, she penned a guest post for Garden Collage about her favorite natural skincare essentials, which you can read about here.

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