The Best Toners for Oily Skin
Many toners for oily skin are harsh astringent-like formulas designed to strip skin’s oils; their goal is to “dry skin out” so it doesn’t look or feel oily. But taking care of oily skin is much more involved than this simplistic approach.
Skin-drying SD- or denatured alcohol, witch hazel, and menthol are the prime offenders in products aimed at quick de-greasing—but they actually irritate skin, which can lead to an increase in oil production, making shine, enlarged pores, and acne breakouts worse.
Toner Benefits for Oily Skin
Brilliantly-formulated toners for oily skin are all about what they give back to skin, not what they take away. The purpose of a toner is to restore skin after cleansing, replenishing what it needs to look and act healthy. That is as much the case for a toner designed for oily skin as it is for any other skin type; the difference is how lightweight the ingredients feel on oily skin.
Since aggravated skin can lead to increased oil production, you want a toner that treats oily skin as gently as possible. Look for soothing ingredients, antioxidants and weightless hydrating ingredients to soften and smooth without slickness or excess shine.
The Best Toners for Oily Skin
Paula’s Choice Skincare understands the struggle to control oily skin better than most brands. Our founder, Paula Begoun, created the line in large part because of her own experience with oily skin and breakouts. All our toners for oily skin are packed with research-backed, results-driven, non-irritating ingredients—and no misleading claims. We offer three soothing options for those with oily skin:
- RESIST Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner is ideal for oily skin showing signs of aging. It addresses wrinkles and post-breakout marks while improving the appearance of skin tone, pore size, and texture.
- SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner is great for combination to oily skin showing first signs of aging. It minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores while recharging skin with ultra-light replenishing substances for a fresh, youthful glow.
- CALM Redness Relief Toner for Normal to Oily Skin has a water-light formula that gently calms redness while providing skin-enriching, oil-free hydration to eliminate signs of flakiness and dehydration.
- HYDRALIGHT Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner is a lightweight liquid formula that treats skin to a variety of antioxidants to defend against environmental stressors.
Using a toner no longer has to be a painful experience—in fact, with the right toner, you’ll look forward to using yours every day!
References for this information:
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
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