TEXT: Moore Soboleva, author of the telegram channel Fierce & Cute
The need for cleansing and moisturizing the vast majority of people do not raise questions, but with tonics it is more difficult – many believe that they are not needed at all. Meanwhile, tonics are very different: some of them contain acids and enzymes, being full-fledged care products, spray mist refreshes after washing and during the day, and essence toners that came from Korea, they are also emulsions, work as boosters before using serums and creams. But there are also classic tonics – as a rule, they either shrink pores, or moisturize, or combine these functions. Both are designed to restore the pH of the skin after washing and prepare it for further stages of care. We’ve rounded up 15 hydrating toners, each of which does a good job of the task, and some also take on additional ones.
Caudalie Vinoclean Moisturizing Toner
from 810 rub.
The natural French brand is undergoing a powerful reboot this year: most of the products have changed the design of the bottles, and some also changed the formulas. In particular, the cleansing line has been completely renewed, which includes this moisturizing tonic: the composition has become simpler and “cleaner”, and the main ingredient of the new product is soothing rose water.
The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner
Aloe range for sensitive skin is one of the quiet hits of the British brand, best known for its fragrant body products. The mild neutral tonic has a vegan composition, and it itself soothes and relieves irritation due to, in fact, aloe juice and glycerin, which helps it. It does not smell and does not infuriate – neither the skin, nor its owner.
Thalgo Éveil à la Mer Beautifying Tonic Lotion
RUB 1575 (with discount)
The “marine” brand Thalgo a couple of years ago updated the cleansing series, making it as soft as possible – Beautifying Tonic Lotion can be used even on the skin around the eyes (for example, if you want to thoroughly rinse off the remnants of makeup after a regular wash). Like the rest of the brand’s products, it contains purified seawater – Thalgo claims to be particularly good at restoring.
Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner
The caring brand Mario Badescu is practically unknown in Russia. In the States, she has been respected for more than 50 years: tonics and masks of the brand regularly appear in materials about the favorite means of stars of all kinds. This successful tonic neatly combines important moisturizing ingredients: rose water, witch hazel extract, aloe juice and glycerin.
Sesderma Hidraderm TRX Face Toner
This tonic not only moisturizes the skin, but also fights against age spots and a sad complexion – in the composition of niacinamide, vitamin C and tranexamic acid, which is still not found very often in cosmetics, although it has proven itself excellent. In general, not just a basic thing, but an independent care product that justifies its cost.
DCL Skin Freshener
We have already talked a little about the powerful brand DCL: despite the fact that not the entire line of the brand has come to us yet, the fixed assets are already in Cosmotheca. The brand has two tonics – a matting and alcohol-free moisturizing agent with hyaluronic acid and sugarcane extract in the composition. If the skin is not too dry, it can be used even without a cream to freshen up during the day.
Weleda Refining Toner
The eco-friendly Weleda brand has a cleansing line with witch hazel, which relieves irritation and strengthens blood vessels, and therefore is often used in cosmetics for skin with rosacea. This tonic is quite mild (there is also the notorious rose water in the composition), but it contains alcohol – it is not felt when used, but if there is an allergy, it should be borne in mind.
AHC The Aesthe Youth Toner
1899 RUB (with discount)
The Korean brand AHC started out as a salon brand, but eventually the owners opted for retail. The products are affordable and versatile enough; the assortment is very different in different markets, but the focus is always on hydration. Youth Toner belongs to the anti-aging line, but the niacinamide and hyaluronic acid that are included will not harm anyone.
Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturizing Toning Lotion
Moisturizing Toning Lotion belongs to the excellent Hydrabio line for dehydrated skin – it sits in the shadow of the brand’s more famous series, but completely in vain. The tonic contains the ubiquitous (and wonderful) niacinamide and healing allantoin, due to which the product really moisturizes: even if the skin is very dry, the effect will be instant.
Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Tonic
237 r (with discount)
Garnier is particularly good at cleansing products – from micellar water, which has rivaled Bioderma’s bestseller, to toners. The recent series with aloe and hyaluronic acid includes, in particular, a tonic that is recommended even for sensitive skin. We would dispute this advice (after all, the composition contains alcohol and salicylic acid, albeit in minimal quantities), but otherwise it is a good thing for the price of a cake in a cafe.
Erborian Eau Ginseng
RUB 2303 (with discount)
It is similar in texture to a classic tonic, but in terms of effect it is more reminiscent of the Korean-style emulsions that Erborian works especially well with. The brand even recommends using the tonic as a mask by soaking a thin cotton towel. Eau Ginseng cannot be called sticky, but it creates a feeling of comfort instantly.
It’s Skin Tiger Cica Green Chill Down Toner
An interesting new line of Tiger Cica is designed for oily skin, but at the same time it not only solves the problem of excess sebum, but also moisturizes and soothes: all products contain Asian Centella (aka tiger grass – hence the tiger in the name and on the package). Green Chill Down Toner also contains alcohol, tea tree and sage extracts – classic ingredients for problem skin.
Kylie Skin Vanilla Milk Toner
Like everything else that Kylie Jenner does, her cosmetic line evokes polar opinions – from raptures to curses. In fact, Kylie Skin is a good base makeup for anyone who doesn’t need special effects. A thick tonic with vanilla aroma – one of the most successful products in the line: it is soft, quickly soothes, moisturizes well and smells pleasant (albeit quite strong).
Pixi Skintreats Milky Tonic
The Pixi brand is best known for its acid-based products, most notably the Glow Toner, a gentle exfoliating toner. But they also have a moisturizing option that is suitable even for irritated dry skin – with chamomile, rose, jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid and a whole bunch of other healing extracts.
Mixit Your Skin Normal to Dry Hydrating Toner
The series Your Skin of the Russian brand Mixit includes inexpensive basic products – from them you can form the first cosmetic bag of a teenager, or you can use them as an addition to more serious cosmetics. The moisturizing tonic has a good understandable composition: hyaluronic acid, squalane, allantoin, glycerin are an excellent working composition.