How to Use Toner, A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you looking for a versatile product in your skincare routine that can cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate the skin? Toners are designed and formulated to help a variety of skin types. No matter your skin concern or skin type, there is a toner for you.

What is a Toner?

Toners are skincare products designed to be applied in between washing your face and applying moisturizer or serums. Toners are a formulation of water-based skin care products that boost your skincare routine. These liquid products prepare the skin for the application of makeup or moisturizer and can provide a variety of benefits for your skin.

What Does Toner Do for Your Skin?

Toners are known to help prepare the skin after cleansing. Toner can help to remove irritants from the skin including sweat, makeup, and dirt. Toners have been designed to address sensitive, oily, dry, combination, mature, and normal skin types. 

What Are the Benefits of Using a Toner?

Toners can improve the look of large pores. Toners visibly rejuvenate the skin by getting rid of dead skin cells making the skin appear more radiant and less dull.  Toners allow the skin to appear moisturized after you cleanse it, getting the skin ready for the rest of your routine.

Who Should Use Toner?

Anyone can reap the benefits of using toners. Benefits can vary from product to product, making it important to find the right toner for your skin type.

How to Pick the Best Face Toner for Your Skin Type?

Toners for Normal Skin 

Normal skin can appear refreshed after using a toner. Our recommended toners for normal skin include:

Our Protein Mist Enzyme Toner can refresh skin throughout the day.

Toners for Oily Skin & Acne Prone Skin

People with oily skin can benefit from the cleansing properties of toner. Toner can remove buildup on the skin including oil, sweat, and dead skin cells while preserving your skin’s natural oils. Our recommended toners for oily skin include:

Toners for Dry Skin 

Toners do an excellent job of helping dehydrated skin appear smooth and moisturized. Some toners moisturize the skin with glycerin and other humectant ingredients. Our recommendations for dry skin include:

Fun Fact, our Colostrum Hydrating Mist doubles as a makeup setting spray. This product includes glycerin in addition to colostrum and other hydrating ingredients, which most makeup setting sprays do not.  Learn More Here

Toners for Sensitive Skin 

Toners can also be applied to sensitive skin to cleanse without irritating the skin. Our suggested sensitive skin toners include:

When to Use Toner?

Toner is best used as a part of your daily skincare regimen after you have washed your skin, and before you have applied moisturizer. If you use serum or eye cream, toner should be applied before. 

How to Use Toner

Toner can be applied through a spray bottle, soaked cotton pads, or with clean hands. It is important to let the toner dry fully before applying serums and moisturizers. 

Suggested Skincare Regimen

  1. Cleanse the skin
  2. Tone
  3. Serum
  4. Moisturizer
  5. Sunscreen (for day)

Types of Toners

Liquid Toner

Liquid toner can be put on a cotton pad before being applied in upward strokes. Liquid toner can also be applied to the face and neck with freshly washed hands and patted into the skin.


Spray toner can be spritzed onto the face and neck (with your eyes closed) or can be sprayed onto a cotton pad where you apply the product to your skin in upwards motions.


Do you apply toner once or twice per day?

Toner should be applied after every cleanse. 

When should I apply toner?

Toner should be applied after you wash your face and before you apply moisturizers or serums. 

Do you put toner on wet or dry skin?

A toner should be used on slightly damp skin. This allows better penetration of the product onto the skin.

How do you properly apply toner?

Toner can be misted, patted onto the skin with clean hands, or can be applied to a cotton pad and applied in upward motions on the face, neck, and chest area.

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