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If you look closely enough, you will find that many toners include some form of alcohol. Not all of them are bad, as some alcohols derived from oils and fats are good for moisturising the skin (such as cetyl, behenyl, stearyl alcohols). However the real culprits are simple alcohols like isopropyl, ethanols and denatured alcohol, which can actually harm your skin over time by causing dryness, dullness and worsening oil imbalances.
It is always best to research the ingredients thoroughly before committing to any skincare product. If you are in the market for an alcohol-free toner, we’ve narrowed down some excellent options for you to consider.
For a simple and affordable option, try this toner from Neutrogena. It provides mild and refreshing toning that lightly removes any remaining impurities on the skin. It is oil-free and non-comedogenic, and its water-based formula absorbs quickly.
With a soothing and restoring formula that calms, protects and balances your skin, this K-beauty toner can be used by most skin types including sensitive skin. The main ingredient, centella asiatica, is highly beneficial for those with stressed, wounded or irritated skin. It can promote collagen synthesis to help in wound healing, and it contains madecassoside which helps with relieving inflammation.
Best for oily and acne-prone skin
Price from SGD50.70
Many toners rely on alcohol to help mattify the skin, but this alcohol-free toner will help to control oil production and blemishes just as effectively. The star ingredient is calendula, which is soothing and full of antioxidants to help protect and heal the skin, along with allantoin for reducing inflammation. It is also great for dehydrated skin as it contains great burdock root, which is known for its hydrating properties.
This non-drying, alcohol-free and fragrance-free formula is well-suited for those with dry and sensitive skin types. Aloe vera is well-researched as a soothing and healing ingredient, which helps the skin stay hydrated, protected and relieved from irritants. Apart from being antioxidant-rich, it also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Glycolic acid needs to be introduced into your routine carefully, and this Glow Tonic is a great way to start. This mildly exfoliating formula works well for combination skin, as it has ingredients such as glycerin and aloe vera to keep the skin hydrated, while also maintaining a solid moisture-oil balance. The toner gently removes dead skin cells and surface debris while soothing the skin.
Witch hazel is a well-known herbal ingredient that has astringent, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich properties. It helps to reduce redness and skin irritation, control excess oil and minimise acne by decreasing bacteria growth. The formula also has aloe vera extract for hydration, and you can choose from its various alcohol-free options of unscented, cucumber, lavender and rose for additional benefits.
Best with antioxidants and salicylic acid
Price from SGD59.00
Let your skin soak up all the goodness with this toner that is full of natural, skin-friendly ingredients. It is rich in antioxidants from ingredients like green tea extract, and has naturally occurring salicylic acid (BHA) from willow bark extract. The formula also includes aloe vera, jasmine, oat kernel and bergamot leaf oil to help soothe, hydrate and clarify the skin.
This cruelty-free option is good if you want a refreshing, oil-free toner that can keep your skin clear and supple. It has tea tree for antibacterial and antifungal properties, along with vitamin-rich grapefruit and juniper berry to protect your skin from the external environment.
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