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Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner

Tune in to the right tone. This super-light formula helps normalize skin, gets oily and dry spots humming in harmony. Calms down redness, too. Sounds good.
Item #: 131
  • Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea
  • Combination , Oily Skin
  • Smooths and repairs skin
  • Antioxidants reduce environmental damage and stimulate collagen growth

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Customer Ratings:

83 out of 100
(Based on 96 Reviews)
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  1. Teri H.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    First Time User
    • This toner arrived today. I've used other toners from low to high end. I am still enjoying the feeling of this one. It tingled a bit after I put it on. Not in a bad way, but interesting. It's been about 10 minutes and I love how it continues to feel on my skin. My skin feels tighter and matte. I don't know how else to describe it. Elegant is a good word. As to how it performs long term, I don't know yet, but my first impression is positive.

  2. Lixing Z.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best toner for oily skin
    • This toner is my personal favorite. The amount of moisture it gives for extremely oil skin is just right; it is very gentle, and the texture is also cosmetically elegant. What I like the most about this toner is the good amount of green tea extract it contains, which there are plenty of researches, both in-vitro and in vivo, showing its benefit for mild to moderate acne. My acne has reduced more while using this than the skin balancing toner.

  3. theyhaveways
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Favourite Routine Staple
    • My favourite thing about this toner is that the second ingredient is green tea extract. I love it when products contain copious amounts of green tea or tea in general. This is because I drink a lot of tea, so I'm obviously being biased! The toner works, and leaves me feeling refreshed, it helps sooth razor burn, and dries down cleanly. I think because of the ingredients, how well it works and how it makes me feel after application is why it's my favourite step of my routine.

  4. Jill M
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great toner
    • I've been rebooting my skin care regimen, and adding a high quality, gentle toner to my routine was the first thing I did. I have combo skin with the occasional cystic acne on my chin. My skin wasn't used to toners so the first couple of days it stung a little. Now my skin loves it. It finishes the job of cleaning, adds a touch of hydration, soothes my skin, and lays the groundwork perfectly for my exfoliating step. I naturally reach for it after I wash my face now, I can't imagine not using it.

  5. Suzie
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect toner
    • I have ultra sensitive skin and some rosacea. I've never used a toner that didn't sting. This one didn't. It just felt completely refreshing. Before I started with Paula's Choice products my skin was inflamed and sensitive from the products I'd been using. If this is true of others who have tried this toner, that could account for any stinging they might feel. You might want to stick it out and let your skin heal from the more harsh skin care you may have been using.

  6. Lauren S.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Gentle and Refreshing
    • Love this toner! It is really great for sensitive skin and makes the skin feel much softer and brighter after use.

  7. John D
    Reviewed on Friday, July 11, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Stings
    • When I use this after cleansing, it stings my skin also. I know some other people have had trouble with this as well. This is my first paulas choice product I have ever bought, and it makes me scared to try others too. It isn't for me at all.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry your skin had a reaction to this toner, but encourage you not to be scared to try other products, either from Paula's Choice or other brands we recommend on Beautypedia. Think of it like having an allergic reaction to food. Just because, for example, peanuts cause a reaction doesn't mean you should be avoid eating other legumes or nuts. Same is true for a skincare product that may have been problematic for you.

    —Admin
  8. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, July 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product
    • I absolutely love the PC toners, both this one and the one in the Skin Balancing line. It is so light and feels wonderful on my skin, and even after washing my face and removing makeup, this toner still gets more dirt and build-up off, and my skin never feels tight afterwards. I cannot imagine my daily routine without it.

  9. Allen
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My favorite
    • With all the great products that PC offers, this is actually my favorite one! I have an incredibly sensitive skin so many toners (including the Skin Balancing one) tingled and irritated my skin making it look redish. This one is fantastic as it does none of that and it also helps to immediately restore the moisture in the skin after it gets stripped off by a cleanser. I think that everyone just needs to experiment and find out which toner works best for them, but be certain that it's out there!

  10. BINA G.
    Reviewed on Friday, June 06, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for me...
    • Product burns my face when using, more so around the corners of my nose than anywhere else. No idea why... the other PC toner's don't have that affect.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, June 06, 2014

    Thanks for your review! That outcome isn't expected or usual, so please contact us to arrange for a refund or exchange for another of our toners.

    —Admin
  11. John
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Hello old friend!
    • I used this toner with the matching cleanser back when the product line launched. I have used newer PC products over the years but decided to go old school and glad I did. This toner lightly hydrates, leaves my slightly dry skin feeling smooth and removes any last traces of whatever my cleanser missed. Feels great after a shave. Paired with the Hydralight cleanser and new Resist 2% BHA Pore Refining Treatment (mixed with the 15% vitamin C) my already good skin looks even better.

  12. RENEE T.
    Reviewed on Monday, May 12, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Wanted to love it but it burns my face
    • I love the Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser but I cannot use the Hydralight Toner -- it burns when I apply it after washing my face. Still on the lookout for the right toner for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Hi Renee! We're sorry the Hydralight Toner didn't work out for you! Please contact our Customer Care Team for assistance with a refund or exchange (as well as samples to experiment with).

    —Admin
  13. ROSE MARIE G.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderfully balanced product
    • I live in humid, hot South Florida and even though I am now 58 and so obviously dealing with aging issues, my skin is still oily and prone to breakouts. I used to use toners with high alcohol content, but Paula advises again this. I have tried many alcohol-free toners but none have worked for me with the exception of Hydralight toner. My skin feels cleansed without the additional build up that often accompanies other toners (including Paula's Skin Balancing Toner by the way). A great product!

  14. Peter V.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 19, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Tingling Sensation
    • The antioxidants in this toner looks good. However, my face tingles when I apply this all over my combination, acne prone face. It burns a little in the beginning and then slowly fades away.

  15. Almyra, M
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 17, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Slightly Irritating
    • I've tried this product out for 2 months. When I first used it it burned. I decided to continue to use it and it lessened to a tingle the longer I used it. I don't see any improvement in terms of the feel of my skin.

  16. Kelly M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 06, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Too drying
    • I've been using this toner for a few weeks but am finding it to be too drying. The Skin Balancing toner does a better job at eliminating dry skin, so I'll be switching over.

  17. Alyssa C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 29, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    not for me
    • i have break-out prone, semi-oily skin, and sometimes skip toner completely between my cleansing and salicylic/exfoliating steps. i thought the hydralight would be super-gentle and non-irritating as most PC products. but it really stings my face for the 1st few seconds after i apply it! it doesn't seem to cause visible damage or irritation once the burning subsides, though... i must be sensitive to something in it. i'll probably finish the bottle (slowly) but not purchase it again.

  18. Kylie B
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 29, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Makes my face hot & tingles
    • I think this is a good product but I do find that it makes my combination skin which can occasionally have a sensitivity to a certain product feel hot and tingle. However I don't find this to be uncomfortable and when putting on the BHA 2% gel afterwards there is no problem and the tingle completely stops. Not sure why this product causes the tingle. Overall my skin is looking and feeling a lot better since I started using the PC products.

  19. Sarah W.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 21, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for me....sad face
    • My skin is pretty much a hot mess. Rosacea, uber sensitive and combination. I was so excited to try this toner but it did make the apples of my cheeks tingle and thanks to all of the things I have read on this website I now know that is not a good thing. I am hoping that maybe there is another toner that works for me but this one was not it.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 24, 2014

    Hi Sarah! We're sorry the Hydralight Toner wasn't a fit for you! It's tricky when you have exceptionally sensitive skin, but we would recommend contacting our Customer Care Team for assistance with a refund or exchange. We would also recommmend trying samples of our Earth Sourced Toner, which may be an even better fit for you!

    —Admin
  20. Allen K
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    EXCELLENT RESULTS!
    • I tried the SB toner about a year or so ago because it was recommended for my skin type (acne prone, combination) and unfortunately, I had a bad reaction to the niacinamide (also in SB moisture gel, same reaction). After trying samples of the Hydralight toner it has made a HUGE difference in the feel of my skin!! I highly recommend this to anyone suffering a bad reaction to the SB toner!

  21. KIM L.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The one product I would take to a desert island.
    • I love this stuff for my schizophrenic menopausal skin. After a bout with drying skin in my 40s, menopause has brought back the oily skin of my youth -- but this time with dryness too! This toner is often all I need after cleansing to give enough moisture that my skin no longer feels dry, but not so much that it feels oily. It's also soothing and works well as an end-of-day light cleanser. I have to say this is the one product I would probably take to a desert island.

  22. LESLIE B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A fantastic underrated product
    • The idea of using a toner (bad memories of 90s skincare) seemed ridiculous to me, but my skin needs some kind of hydration, and often I was so prone to breakouts it was hard to tell if a moisturizer was the cause of new breakouts. I turned this toner, after trying Skin Balancing and Moisture Boost. It felt a little "warming" the first few times, and now if I overdo it on BHA foam, but otherwise it is my greatest PC love. I kind of wish it had more antioxidants though.

  23. Scarlett A.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My Long Time Favorite Toner
    • I have used all the toners in the PC line over the course of many years. During my 3 pregnancies the Skin Recovery and Balancing toners saved my skin. For my "normal" skin, though, I just love Hydralight. I find it the most "refreshing" year-round. I've never been a huge moisturizer-user, and this toner gives me what I need without any grease. It's just perfect!

  24. NOELLE M.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 03, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    slight sting
    • I don't know why, but for some reason this toner makes my skin sting slightly, which is strange because I don't have sensitive skin at all and never have a problem with other products. I used up a portion of the bottle but the stinging makes me worry that this toner is one I should avoid. (LOVE almost all of Paula's other products- her new C serum, her BHA & AHA liquids top my very long list of favs!)

  25. Alexa C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 08, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not bad, but not great.
    • I like this toner. It hydrates my skin after washing without feeling heavy. But, I have really red cheeks and i feel that this has done nothing to better the problem. I'm on my second bottle of this but once it's gone I'm going to try another toner.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Thanks for your review! For really red cheeks, you should try our CLNICAL Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief Treatment, which you can use as your toner. Please contact us for more info!

    —Admin
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What makes this product unique?
Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner is the type of toner more cosmetic companies should offer, but don't. When used after cleansing it helps skin restore and repair itself. This unique formula works immediately to improve skin function and reduce cellular damage and inflammation thanks to its antioxidant-rich formula. It's 100% irritant-free formula leaves a nearly imperceptible finish that's especially beneficial for combination or oily skin. During summer months or in humid climates this may be the only moisturizer your skin needs. It is also helpful for removing the last traces of makeup.

This toner is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
This toner has been specially formulated for normal to oily/combination skin and is also a great option for those with sensitive skin.

Sources to support the claims made for Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner

Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83; Cancer Prevention Research, February 2010, pages 170–178; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September 2009, pages 299–304; Phytotherapy Research, September 2009, pages 1,197–1,204; Skin Research and Technology, August 2009, pages 338–345; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,057–1,065; Experimental Dermatology, June 2009, pages 522–526; Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 322–329; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327–337; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; Exogenous Dermatology, June 2004, pages 154–160; and Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, October 1999, pages 3,954–3,962.

Key Ingredients: glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, willow herb, bisabolol, green tea, grape seed extract, allantoin, sodium PCA

Product Ingredients:

Water, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Extract (anti-irritant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin (skin-identical ingredients), Methyl Gluceth-20 (humectant), Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Bisabolol, Panthenol (anti-irritants), Polysorbate-20 (emulsifier), PEG-90M (stabilizer), Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Phosphate (pH adjusters), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Apply in the morning and evening, after cleansing. Soak a large cotton ball or pad with Hydralight Toner and gently stroke over face. Do not rinse off. Follow with a Paula's Choice exfoliant and Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion. During the day, be sure to protect your skin with a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

What do toners “tone”? I thought Paula didn’t recommend toners!

Paula has always recommended toners that are well-formulated. Toners can be a great after-cleansing step to be sure you’ve removed all of your makeup. When properly formulated, they soothe skin and add hydrating ingredients to make skin softer, not to mention they’re another leave-on source for antioxidants and other ingredients that improve skin’s healthy functioning.

How do I know which toner is right for me? Besides skin type, what are the main differences between Paula's Choice toners?

All of our toners restore skin, help remove last traces of makeup, are alcohol- and fragrance-free, and contain no unnecessary irritants such as menthol, peppermint, and citrus oils. They are great as an adjunct to a more thorough cleansing routine, especially post-workout or in hot/humid climates. Even more significantly, they go beyond the basics by offering skin benefits you can see and feel.

Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner is a specialized formula designed to supply normal to dry aging skin with a broad range of ingredients it needs to produce healthy collagen while reducing wrinkles. It is a super-charged version of our popular Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner, with a specific emphasis on improving the signs of aging skin.

Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner is a specialized formula designed to supply normal to oily or breakout-prone aging skin with a broad range of targeted ingredients to help improve signs of aging plus reduce enlarged pores and reduce dry, flaky, uneven skin texture. It is ideal for those struggling with oily skin, wrinkles, and large pores.

Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner for normal to very dry skin is an excellent choice for those who need more help protecting their skin from environmental damage or dryness. Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner has a richer texture than any of our other toners and contains more plant oils and other emollients than our Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner. This is a great option for dry to very dry skin, extremely sun damaged skin, or those dealing with eczema or rosacea accompanied by dry skin.

Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner contains ingredients that help soothe and restore normal to dry skin, plus it includes a greater amount of glycerin, a key ingredient to make dry skin look and feel better. It also contains a broad range of ingredients that aid the barrier repair process so those with dry skin (or normal skin with occasional dry patches) will receive even more benefit from their Paula’s Choice moisturizer and/or specialty product. Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner feels lighter than our Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner, yet still provides an array of antioxidants, anti-irritants, and skin-protecting ingredients. To get the benefits of both toners for normal to dry skin, you can use Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner in the morning and Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner in the evening.

Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner for normal to oily/combination skin is excellent for protecting skin from environmental damage or dryness. In addition, its cell-communicating ingredients can, in theory, help balance skin so its oily areas do not worsen or lead to reddened or blemished skin. Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner uses a more complex formulation than our Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner, and helps restore normal cell function.

Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner is an excellent choice for normal to oily/combination skin. It provides a weightless finish, and although it feels very light, it supplies skin with potent antioxidants and anti-irritants. Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner is a great option for those who want more protection and a soothing, soft, feeling on their skin, particularly those with sensitive skin. To get the benefits of both toners for normal to oily/combination skin, you may want use Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner in the morning and Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner in the evening.

Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner is for all skin types. It has a distinctive, liquid-gel formula bursting with antioxidants proven to repair skin and stimulate collagen production. The formula uses proprietary technology that truly captures the best of nature and modern science.

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