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Soko Glam's co-founder, Charlotte Cho, said our skin is like a dried-up sponge; slather some cream on and it will not even absorb. Therefore, you'll need to wet the sponge first, preparing it to absorb the cream better.

Toners are used to sweep impurities away or rebalance your skin's natural acidic state; plus, it also helps your skin to absorb your other skincare products.

Do you wash off toner?

No, but only when your skin reacts badly to it. Otherwise, all toners are supposed to be left on the skin after application. The purpose of toners is to cleanse, rebalance, and ‘prep’ your skin for the rest of your skincare regimen.

With the right toners, your skin will better absorb other skincare products. Nevertheless, here is a list of best drugstore toners with affordable prices and effective results you might love.

Best alcohol and oil-free toner
1. Simple Soothing Facial Toner
Best overall drugstore toner

Simple's pH-balanced Soothing Facial Toner is 100% alcohol-free and works to refresh your skin without drying it. This light toner is formulated with three skin-loving ingredients: Chamomile, Witch Hazel, and Allantoin. Chamomile helps to soften and soothe your skin while Witch Hazel and Allantoin help to tighten your pores.

Best drugstore toner for dry skin
2. Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner
Best drugstore toner for dry skin

Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner is a gentle, aromatic, and moisture-boosting facial toner. It is infused with rose flower water, rose geranium flower oil, and lavender oil to help increase your skin's moisture, calm redness and irritation. Also, the application of this toner is easy and hassle-free as you can spritz on without the use of cotton pads. 

Best drugstore toner for oily skin
3. Mamonde Pore Clean Toner
Best drugstore toner for oily skin

Mamonde Pore Clean Toner is a dual-layer pore cleaning toner that contains a special ingredient known as 'Eoseongcho Tincture'. It works to remove excessive sebum and effectively tightens pores. Additionally, the solution has west coast mud that absorbs impurities and sebum inside the pores for clean and matte-looking skin. This cruelty-free and vegan toner can also prevent blackheads.

Best organic alcohol-free toner from the drugstore
4. Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner
Best drugstore toner for combination skin

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner is a cult-favourite facial toner, even Emma Watson swears by it. The alcohol-free toner combined Chamomile and rose water to help soothe, purify, and cool tired skin. It will not leave your skin feeling heavy or looking dewy. This product is ideal for combo skin that has areas oilier than the rest. Keep it in the fridge for that extra boost of freshness.

5. Mamonde Rose Water Toner
Best drugstore toner for sensitive skin

Mamonde Rose Water Toner is made with 100% handpicked organic Damask Roses, and it contains 90.97% of rosewater instead of regular water. Besides maximum hydration, this gentle toner also delivers calming and soothing effects due to its high antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties which are safe for sensitive skin types.   

Best drugstore toner for acne
6. Eucerin Pro ACNE Solution Toner
Best drugstore toner for acne

Eucerin ProACNE Solution Toner is formulated for oily, blemished skin and mild-to-moderate adult acne. It's 2% Lactic Acid active antibacterial formula can help unblock pores, inhibits bacterial growth, and prevent all types of blemishes without over-drying your skin. 

ProACNE Solution Toner is an oil-free, antibacterial, comedolytic, and non-comedogenic toner that can be used during pregnancy. However, it's inadvisable to use if you're undergoing medical acne treatment.

Best drugstore toner for pores
Garden of Eden
7. Garden of Eden Soothing Toner
Best drugstore toner for rosacea

Garden of Eden Soothing Toner is a plant-based and alcohol-free toner which is ideal for dry and sensitive skin. It’s made with five wholesome ingredients like witch hazel, aloe vera, grape seed oil, gingko extract, and lavender oil.

Witch hazel helps to tone and minimises pores while the combination of aloe vera and gingko extract will effectively soothe inflamed and irritated skin like Rosacea. In the meantime, the grape seed oil can help boost your skin’s moisture.

8. Nanowhite Refining Treatment Toner
Best drugstore toner with AHA

Power-packed with Nano White’s propriety Happy Dermalogy technology, the Refining Treatment Toner helps with pore tightening, refining and skin brightening. Besides Omega White C and Allantoin, it also contains Orange Extract, Lemon Extract, and Bilberry Extract to balance and remove excess oil. Additionally, it’s formulated with Sugar Cane Extract which acts as an AHA to exfoliate your skin for a brighter and clearer complexion.

More: 10 Best Toners That’ll Make Those Pores of Yours Almost Invisible

Best drugstore toner for large pores
Swiss Image
9. Swiss Image Refreshing & Mattifying Toner
Best drugstore toner for large pores

Swiss Image Refreshing Mattifying Toner is a dermatologically tested, anti-shine toner that unclogs and tightens enlarged pores. Formulated with natural extracts of Hyssop and Alpine Glacier Water, this refreshing toner removes excess oil and residues with long-lasting mattifying effects. In other words, this toner is ideal for combination to oily skin types.

Best drugstore toner for dry skin
10. Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner
Best alcohol-free drugstore toner

Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner is gentle; it cleanses and tones your skin for a refreshing feeling without causing irritation or dryness. This product is oil-free, therefore it will not clog your pores and cause breakouts. If you have dry to combination skin type, then this toner is ideal for you.

Best oil-free drugstore toner
Clean & Clear
11. Clean & Clear Clear Fairness Toner
Best oil-free drugstore toner

Enriched with cherry extract, Clean & Clear’s Clear Fairness Toner works to soften and hydrate your skin. It’s an oil-free toner that gently conditions your skin for a brighter tone and lasting glow. Simply put, for people with uneven or dull skin, Clear Fairness Toner works to fight against your skin concerns. 

Best drugstore toner with niacinamide
12. Target Pro By Watsons Essential Toner
Best drugstore toner with niacinamide

Target Pro By Watsons is a Japan-made line of skincare that’s formulated with a special anti-ageing ingredient called 'Diamond Sirt'. This dermatologically tested Essential Toner is designed to remove residue and moisturise your skin for a perfectly clean and clear complexion.

Additionally, it contains ceramide, niacinamide, and thermal spring water to thoroughly invigorate your skin. That will give you blemish-free and even complexion.

Best natural toner for normal skin
13. Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Astringent
Best drugstore toner with witch hazel

Thayers Original & Aloe Vera Toner can help tighten, smoothen and beautify your pores altogether. Unlike traditional astringent toners, this newly improved product is infused with Aloe Vera to add moisture to your skin while protecting it against airborne impurities.

To maintain the potency of natural tannins, Thayer’s witch hazel extracts were not distilled in the process of making. This alcohol-free toner is suitable for all skin types, but it’s recommended to use periodically on dry skin as it can be drying if overused.

More: Top 12 Toners in Malaysia to Prep Every Skin Type

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