8 Best toners for every skin type—from classics to recent favourites
For: Skin with visibly large pores
Your skin would love: PITERATM, of course!
The gist: There are over 50 reasons why SK-II's PITERATM is so popular. It's the over 50 micro-nutrients in this natural bio-ingredient that helps reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone, dark spots, and pores. That aside, it makes your skincare regime worthwhile by removing stubborn impurities to prepare your skin for all the goodness (serums, creams, you name it!) that follows.
RM207, available at LazMall
For: Those who don't mind splurging for beautiful skin
Your skin would love: Benifuuki green tea extract, sandalwood extract and glycerin
The gist: The AQ Meliority range may cost a pretty penny but for its impressive ingredient list, you're paying for some serious time-rewinding effects. Rare Benifuuki green tea extract boasts regenerative properties, and the fast-absorbing formula leaves the skin softer and more refined.
Available at Decorté counters
For: Skin brighter than your future highlighter
Your skin would love: Prickly pear seed oil, Rosa Centifolia, crape myrtle extract
The gist: Made with 90% naturally-derived ingredients, Huxley's bestselling toner is slightly acidic—but works wonders in brightening and hydrating the skin. Prickly pear seed oil has a chockfull of antioxidants, while Rosa Centifolia is a natural astringent to keep oily skin at bay.
RM129, available on Kurator and Robinsons Kuala Lumpur
For: Normal to oily skin types
Your skin would love: Calendula extracts, allantoin, greater burdock
The gist: Don't like the tight, tingling sensation that comes with certain toners? Opt for this alcohol-free toner that doesn't have harsh synthetic drying agents to soothe your skin right after cleansing. The antioxidants in calendula extracts work as a natural antiseptic and to prevent skin from drying out.
RM95, available at Kiehl's stores
For: Hydration hunters with seriously parched skin
Your skill would love: Amino acids from white leaf tea water
The gist: Skin barrier strengtheners are making waves in the market now, and this highly-raved cream-toner hybrid does just that, and a little bit more. Despite its name, the texture is pretty lightweight and watery—sinking into the skin rather quickly to provide moisture while strengthening the skin barrier.
RM125, available at Laneige stores and counters
For: Skin that's hard to please
Your skin would love: Matricaria flower water, jojoba seed oil, oat extract among other botanical extracts
The gist: Got sensitive skin that would not settle for merely any toner? Try this alcohol- and paraben-free version—jojoba milk helps to rehydrate and nourish skin, oat extract to soothe your sensitive skin, and green tea for a kick of antioxidants.
RM70, available at Sephora
For: A dewy finish (and if you don't mind a subtle fragrance)
Your skin would love: Plum blossom and yuzu extracts
The gist: Got dull skin you'd like to revive? Try this toner that's packed with antioxidants to help to keep skin firm and balanced. Extra points go to its light and watery formula that leaves skin feeling refreshed.
RM280, available at Sulwhasoo stores and counters
For: Those who don't intend to spend a bomb
Your skin would love: Sugar cane-derived glycolic acid and witch hazel water
The gist: If you're looking for an AHA toner that gently exfoliates without stinging your skin, try this lightweight toner that helps remove dead skin cells and improve cell turnover.
RM50, available at Sephora
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