The Best Toner for Oily Skin

A toner can help remove any remaining makeup that your cleanser didn’t remove, moisturize your skin, and even reduce the appearance of pores. Using the wrong toner for oily skin can make your already overactive glands produce even more sebum. Conversely, using the right toner can help reduce the grease and shine on your face on top of other benefits.

What is the best toner for oily skin?

I’ve had to deal with a greasy complexion ever since I hit puberty, and it wasn’t until I put together a proper skin care regimen and improved my diet that the oily skin toned down to a manageable level — I still get the occasional shiny forehead, but at least I don’t have to blot every few minutes anymore.

My anti-grease skin care regimen includes using an alcohol-free toner after cleansing. If you have oily skin, the worst thing you can do is get a toner with alcohol in it. Alcohol can irritate and dry out your skin, causing even more sebum to be produced later on. Many alcohol-free toners are available commercially, but my favorite is Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner.

Besides being alcohol-free, the toner contains witch hazel extract (Hamamelis Virginiana) which is a medicinal plant that has been used American Indians to treat skin ulcers, sores, and other ailments. Witch hazel also contains compounds that are protective against cell damage.

Hamamelis mollis, at UBC Botanical Garden

This is a witch hazel plant; Photo Credit: wlcutler via Compfight cc

Other ingredients in the toner (with Rose Petal) include (Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner comes in many different versions but my favorite is the Rose Petal.)

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.

How to use this toner

Here are some ways you can use this toner

  • After cleansing, put some toner on a cotton ball or cotton pad and gently go over your face with it. This will remove any residue from the cleanser as well as makeup that the cleanser didn’t get
  • Put a little toner on your palms and pat all over your skin to freshen up
  • Put the toner in a spritz bottle and spray on face as needed
  • Use the toner before applying makeup in any of the above ways; this can help makeup blend better

If you have to deal with oily skin like I do, get a bottle of this and try it out. It has worked well for me and I hope it will for you too. The toner costs under $10 if you get it here


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