Toners deserve almost as much credit for hydrating our skin as moisturizer does. As the first step after cleansing, applying a toner actually helps prevent dehydration by rebalancing the skin's pH level and giving you your first layer of hydration. But to do this, the product you're using has to have a low pH (5.5 to 7) and a formula that won't dry your skin out. Most of the time, this means going for something alcohol-free. Ahead, we list some of our favorite hydrating toners that have zero alcohol and perfect to use post-cleanse:
1. Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion
This nourishing treatment lotion contains reishi mushroom, sea buckthorn, and fermented chaga that help hydrate and soothe the skin to minimize redness. It's pH-balanced, lightweight, and best applied with your hands like an essence.
ORIGINS Dr. Andrew Weil Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion, P2200, Lazada
2. Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
Instead of water, this hydrating toner and essence hybrid is composed of 91.3% milk vetch extract, a type of root extract that's said to have anti-inflammatory properties that will benefit stressed skin.
PYUNKANG YUL Essence Toner, P950, Go Bloom and Glow
3. Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner
This product proves that a cleansing toner doesn't have to be drying. Aside from removing excess impurities, it actually balances your skin's pH level to the optimal 5.5 and soothes it with green tea extract. It also has peony extract and licorice water, which are naturally-derived ingredients that brighten the skin.
ACWELL Licorice pH Balancing Toner, P990, Beautymnl
4. Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Facial Toner
The unscented version of Klairs' popular hydrating toner is not only perfect for those who are sensitive to fragrance; it also effectively hydrates and calms down irritation, thanks to a mixture of aloe, licorice root extract, and centella asiatica.
DEAR KLAIRS Supple Preparation Unscented Facial Toner, P1150, Watsons
5. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner
Rosewater toners like this one are amazing for gently wiping away impurities, and we love how this formula from Fresh is infused with real rose petals for a luxurious touch and is free of alcohol to avoid stripping off the skin's natural moisture.
FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, P1387, Sephora.ph
6. Human Nature Hydrating Toner
This gentle, 99.8% natural formula has moringa, which helps boost collagen production, and glycerin, which traps moisture into the skin. When applied with a cotton pad, it effectively removes excess product on the skin without drying it out.
HUMAN NATURE Hydrating Toner, P195, Beauty Bar
7. Cosrx Light Fit Real Water Toner To Cream
This product works as both a moisturizer and a toner depending on your skin type. It starts out creamy but turns into a lightweight liquid once massaged into the skin. It's brightening, calming, and hydrating without feeling heavy or greasy.
COSRX Light Fit Real Water Toner to Cream, P1100, Beautymnl
8. Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion
Toners in Japan usually come in the form of skin softeners like this cult-favorite product from Hada Labo. This one in particular is popular for its non-irritating formula with four types of hyaluronic acid that help lock in moisture into the skin and keep it soft and supple.
HADA LABO Hydrating Lotion, P685, Watsons
9. Make P:rem Safe Me Relief Moisture Toner
This toner is one of your best bets for when your skin is feeling irritated or dry because it contains madecassoside, a calming and healing ingredient that works wonders on sensitive and acne-prone skin, plus a combination of fatty alcohols (the good, non-drying kind) that hydrates and gets rid of that tight feeling.
MAKE P:REM Safe Me. Relief Moisture Toner, P1370, Freyja
10. In Her Element Rose Moisture Mist
This face mist can actually double as a toner if you're in a rush or simply prefer a quick spritz over wiping your skin with a cotton pad. It provides you with the plumping and brightening benefits of rose water and niacinamide; and when used over makeup, it gives your skin a glowing finish.
IN HER ELEMENT Rose Moisture Mist, P945, In Her Element