Whether you have dry skin year-round or only in the colder months, you shouldn't rely on just a moisturizer to do all of your hydrating and protecting. By adding one of the best toners for dry skin into your daily routine, you can increase your skin's ability to retain moisture and fight dryness while properly prepping it to do a better job absorbing the remaining products in your routine.
Because toners often get a bad rap for being too drying, you might be surprised to find out that there are just as many dry-skin specific toners out there as acne-fighting and oily skin-focused ones. But toners formulated for dry skin and those made for oily skin are very different. For one, a toner for dry skin shouldn’t mess with your skin’s pH levels at all. Your skin’s acidity levels need to remain as stable as possible so your moisture barrier can function properly. Also, dry skin toners should clear away dead skin and dirt (much like oily-skin ones), but without harsh ingredients like strong acids or drying alcohols.
Instead, toners formulated for dry skin should list hydrating ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, or aloe, and contain anti-inflammatory add-ins and antioxidants. These five formulas are formulated to hydrate the skin and help lock in moisture.