With combination skin, it can be difficult to find a cleanser that suits all your needs. After you rinse, you might notice your skin feels tight or in some cases, still oily. That’s where a toner comes in. The best toners for combination skin have a multitude of benefits: They balance the skin’s pH levels, clear away any remaining oil or debris, and in some cases, add long-lasting hydration to revive, calm, and treat dry complexions.
Combination skin, which usually has oily, acne-prone spots in the T-zone in addition to dry, dull areas on the cheeks and around your eyes, needs a little bit of everything. Just like with a cleanser, when looking for the right toner, you’ll want something that can clear excess oil, works to prevent breakouts, and mattifies skin without over-drying. At the same time, the ideal formula will also moisturize and refresh dry skin without clogging the pores. Essentially, you want to avoid ingredients that treat skin too harshly or are too heavy, because they'll upset the skin's natural barrier and will make any unwanted symptoms (like acne) worse.
As for what to look for? Keep an eye out for natural, acne-fighting ingredients and gentle exfoliants like witch hazel, willow bark, and gentle acids. The addition of antioxidants and vitamins, like niacinamide, are also important ingredients because they protect your skin from environmental and free radical damage. When it comes to moisture, which is not only important to treat those dryer areas on your face but to also help restore your skin's pH levels, look for acne-safe ingredients that smooth and soften dry skin like glycerin, aloe vera, and rose water.
Below are six highly-rated toners that will leave your combination skin feeling hydrated and refreshed while keeping oil and breakouts to a minimum.