Our skin needs a lot of things to stay hydrated, nourished, supple and young. You have your basic skincare routine, which consists of cleansing, exfoliating and drying properly! Even if you’re providing everything your skin may need through nutrients, diet, proper cleansing or washing, and not seeing a noticeable difference in your skin, you may be leaving out an important step: toning. Your skin has an acid mantle made up of sweat and oil that you naturally produce. After using a cleanser, you often strip away these oils, which can change your skin’s pH balance. However, your skin will recreate these oils within a few hours, whether or not you use toner. If you have very oily skin, a toner might help keep shiny skin in check. A little oil is actually a good thing, though: The acids help prevent bacteria build-up. Traditional toners consist of moisturizers, oils and extracts that help soothe your skin. Astringents, which are generally alcohol-based, tighten the skin and pores and remove oil. Fresheners work similarly to astringents by tightening the skin, but they are made of ingredients like caffeine and green tea instead of alcohol. Because all of these different products can fall under the toner umbrella, it’s easy to see why toner is touted for tightening and moisturizing the skin — as well as maligned for drying it out. You may have heard a lot about toner working to balance the skin, particularly after using a cleanser that can throw off your pH balance. Depending on what product you’re actually using, and your initial skin type, it can do any of the things listed above. In order to choose the right toner for your skin, look at the product ingredients carefully, and don’t be afraid to experiment! Alcohol, or Witch Hazel, for example, is a dead giveaway that you’re dealing with an astringent. To get the results you want from your toner, you’ve got to know how to use it properly. Here are some natural, organic, cruelty free toners to get you started on your green journey to better skin! 9. Delizioso Skincare Luxurious Toner Elderberry Complex This 100% natural alcohol free toner works to brighten and revitalize skin with every mist. For firmer suppler, and brighter skin mist onto skin twice daily. Elderberries are enriched with anthocyanins—the compound in the berries that give the dark purple pigment, which provides the highest antioxidant level in all dark color berries. This compound has been proven to improve the skin’s structure, firming and regenerating damaged cells. Free of any synthetic additives and preservatives. My Thoughts: This is the toner that got me to start using toners! This Elderberry formula is in a word: delicious! It’s alcohol free and contains up to 78% Organically Certified Ingredients (quite enough for me!) which for my skin means one thing: it works and I love it! Elderberries have a natural pigmentation that automatically brightens skin after using this toner. It smells heavenly and fights acne as well! 8. Gabriel Organics Sea Mineral Tonic A natural rinse of pure plant essences and sea minerals to refine and remove residual surface impurities from the skin. Blue green algae combined with extracts of orange blossom balance and soothe the complexion while the antiseptic and stimulating properties of oak bark impart a healthy glow. 5oz/150ml My Thoughts: I used this toner the entire time I was in NYC and it worked wonders on stress induced breakouts! Definitely a go-to because my skin craves sea minerals and any thing sea-based! Aloe Vera, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Rosemary & Witch Hazel are the key ingredients for me! This helped fight acne, even my skin tone, heal blemishes and smells like the sea! 🙂 7. RL Linden & Co Thousand Petals Beautifying Mist Abundant with beautifying flowers, this mist tones and hydrates all skin types, offers anti-anxiety aromatherapy benefits and encourages you to feel radiant as your most gorgeous self! Ingredients: Spring Water; Hydrosols of Neroli, Honeysuckle (Wildcrafted) and Rose; Extracts of Rose and Calendula; Jojoba Oil; Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils of Neroli, Jasmine and Bulgarian Rose; Flower Essences of Pretty Face, Morning Glory, Hibiscus and Crab Apple My Thoughts: R.L. Linden were one of the brands everyone was super excited for Launch in 2013 – and I can see why! Not only are they the sweetest little green beauty alchemists out there, their luxe (but affordable!) line of ritual-inducing goodies is to die for! I am absolutely obsessed with their Beautifying Mist and was very, very excited for it! If the fact that I ran out of the sample size in about a week doesn’t tell you enough, maybe the fact that this smells so much like my garden I almost cried the first time I sprayed it in New York will. I mean it smells like your boyfriend decked your room out floor to ceiling in flowers. It smells like the back room in a florist’s shop where they keep all the expensive fresh flowers for the weddings. It smells like Jesus just handed you this and said ” Here, kid. For your face.” It smells like heaven. Equal parts amazing, refreshing, awakening and rejuvenating, if flowers are your thing, you may never need another toner again! For me it also doubles as equal parts lush aromatherapy! 6. EarthTonics Bulgarian Rosewater Mist (Under $25!) + Made with organic, wild-harvested, sustainable & fair-trade ingredients. + 100% Pure. No chemical preservatives, parabens, SLS, or artificial fragrances/colors. Each and every ingredients is therapeutic for your skin. + 100% Biodegradable products packaged in recyclable/reusable packaging. + Highly-Concentrated. Formulas are 100% active and contain no water or fillers. A little goes a long way. + Formulated with love and intention in small batches for maximum potency & freshness. Hydrate, balance and illuminate skin with the softening properties of Bulgarian rose petals. This floral water is artisan distilled and contains all of the essence of the roses in every drop, just like essential oils but in a milder form. A delicate, healing treatment. My Thoughts: What can I say? I’m a sucker for roses! This sensual rose toner could double as a perfume! It guarantees and delivers soft, supple skin, calms the nerves, and is a delight to use! I use this in the morning for a skin pick me up, and keep it by my bedside for the topping to my nighttime skincare routine! I’ve even been carrying it around in my purse. This Ojai based company definitely knows how to make products with love and care that work! It seems to calm redness and work
s well in hot or cool weather to help dry skin before applying a moisturizer. 5. Misoves Organic Facial Toner with Acai, Pomegranate & White Tea (Under $10!)
- Use on all skin types to even out skin tone & tighten pores
- Key ingredients: organic aloe leaf juice, witch hazel, goji berry, noni & rice extracts, pomegranate, white tea
- Rice, oat, and soy proteins nourish
- Alchol free
An important part of any routine is moisturizing, so prepare your skin for that intense moisture by removing all residue with a toner. This organic face toner contains acai, pomegranate and white tea botanicals to keep you looking young and fresh. Further intensifying this formula, crimson seeds provide calming and skin-toning power and witch hazel extract tones and tightens your pores, while skin is nourished and hydrated by rice, oat and soy proteins. This gentle and effective formula is 70% organic and completely alcohol-free. Organic Sweet Orange Oil Patchouli Oil Sandalwood Oil soothing, hydrating, energy antibacterial, energy calming, antiseptic, skin-balancing My Thoughts: I Love Everything Misoves – from their website, to their philosophy, their affordable pricing, packaging, care and products! The Founder Sandra is absolutely amazing and her commitment to her product and her family is inspiring: ” The name Misoves is a shortened version of “miss you, love you”. As close as I am with my daughters, we live very far apart, east coast, west coast, and Texas, but we talk every day, so we say…Misoves! ” So cute! I love their plant based botanical ingredients, essential oils, and this toner is perfect on my sensitive skin! It’s great for travel as I can keep it in even the smallest purse – it’s a great mid day pick me up for glowing skin! It smells tea-based which I find myself craving throughout the day, and is extremely refreshing. 4. Rainwater Botanicals Troubled Skin Facial Toner ( Under $5!) Our toners are best used after cleansing and towel drying to tighten the look of pores, balance skins PH and remove any soap residues or impurities. To apply just spritz lightly over face and gently wipe away with a clean dry towel. Our toners can also be used throughout the day to revitalize skin by spritzing lightly and allowing to air dry. Can be applied over makeup and moisturizer. Toners can also be used to “set” mineral makeup for a more natural look by spritzing face after application of minerals. Although we use all natural ingredients, people can still be allergic to almost anything. We post all of our ingredients online so that you may preview their contents before you order. We also recommend that you “patch test” products if you have not used them before or if the ingredients have changed. My Thoughts: Lavender, Chamomile, Aloe, Black Willow Bark & Witch Hazel are what’s got me addicted to this toner! I use it literally every day to set my makeup and every night to remove it. Another one that smells just like my garden, and tones without leaving any kind of sticky feeling behind! It’s definitely been helping my skin – I will often spray it onto a cotton pad and use it on trouble areas instead of my whole face, and it’s been a little miracle worker on areas that just weren’t healing up! For $2 you really can’t go wrong! 🙂 3. Vered Botanicals Herb Infused Toner Vered Organic Botanicals Herb-Infused Toner thoroughly cleanses, balances, and nourishes. Gentle enough to use morning and night, and suitable for all skin types. To use: Dispense a generous amount onto a cotton pad. Wipe face, neck and décolleté to remove dirt and make up. (Contains organic alcohol. This is not an eye-makeup remover.) 3.4 oz. My Thoughts: Oh, Vered. Like she could make a better product. This toner is perfect for all skin types, smells like a lush garden, and truly helps your skin! It’s moisturizing instead of drying, which I love. I use it sparingly on a cotton ball to remove dirt, makeup, and gunk, or before going to get a facial. I’ve also patch tested it and it doesn’t bother my psoriasis either, which is lovely. Normally I have to wash my hands after every time I use a toner or I will break out if I touch certain other parts of my body. If I have any inflammation or break outs, this stops them in their tracks. It truly works! 2. Neil Yard’s Remedies Rose Water Toner – Review Here 1. GRESSA Rejuvenating Mist ( Under $25!) For a perfectly refreshing experience, this all natural moisturizing facial toner is infused with pure Neroli. Skin is refreshed, rejuvenated and soothed. Directions For Use: Close eyes, spray 3-4 pumps on entire face, neck, and decollete. Follow with Gressa Oil. Key Ingredients: Neroli Oil My Thoughts: I was gifted an entire bottle of this and I still had to buy a new one already! I mean REALLY. I use this for everything and I’m a liiiittttle addicted to it. It’s my perfume, my aromatherapy, my pillow mist, my skin pick me up, mood pick me up – everything!! Oh yeah and I also use it as a toner too. 😉 My skin loves – craves – can’t get enough of – Neroli! Neroli oil is a plant oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. Its scent is sweet, honeyed and somewhat metallic. The therapeutic properties of Neroli oil are antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, cordial, deodorant, digestive, emollient, sedative and tonic. No wonder I’m addicted to this stuff! It’s affordable, luxe and lovely!
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