In the midst of majestic overnight masks, crystal deodorants, Botox-esque serums, and yes, even electric lip plumpers, it's no surprise toners get somewhat neglected where our skincare and beauty routines are concerned. After all, they can't offer bespackedled-with-glitter selfies, and the application is somewhat anti-climactic. However, when it comes to oily skin types, toners are an especially important product to have in your arsenal, as they provide skin with numerous benefits—and our celebrity-approved experts agree. From balancing our skin's pH levels to enhancing the glow-inducing efforts of the rest of your skincare routine, consider a high-quality toner your oily skin's new partner in crime.
Keep reading for our editor-approved list of the 11 best toners for oily skin.
Skin is far from static, and though oil is always our number one archnemesis, some days our skin is slicker than others. And for that reason (plus the amazing ingredient list), we love this coconut and rose-infused toner from Kopari. (If you're unfamiliar, the brand is basically the holy mecca of all things coconut.) It keeps the complexion balanced, nixes redness, and diminishes the appearance of pores while still being gentle enough for our skin's better (aka less oily) days.
For a perfectly matte finish (without that dreaded tight feeling), this oil-targeting toner from Sunday Riley is one of the best for oily skin. Plus, it's not your average toner: It starts as a treatment gel before magically transforming to a water-based toner to reduce the size of pores and banish extra oil sitting on top of the skin. Bentonite clay, marshmallow, green tea, mānuka honey, and cucumber are just a few of the all-star ingredients.
Alert: Breaking the fourth wall here, but this is one of my personal ride-or-die toners for when my skin's oil habit gets downright out of control. Strategically equipped with witch hazel, salicylic acid, and tomato, blackberry, and watermelon extracts, it clears acne and pigmentation—fast. Oh, and it's never left my skin angry or irritated after the fact.
This pretty mint-green mist from Herbivore is specifically formulated for oily, acne-prone skin. A powerful lineup of green tea, witch hazel, aloe vera, ginger root, and white willow bark are expertly infused into soothing organic jasmine flower. Give your complexion a quick spritz for a refreshing, instantaneous detox.
Formulated by expert esthetician and Hollywood-loved skin guru Renée Rouleau, this balancing tonic is one of the best toners for oily skin. It keeps hydration levels in check, clears the skin, eases redness, and reduces the oil production deep within the pore. In other words, oily skin doesn't stand a chance. Plus, niacinamide (one of the many amazing ingredients) leads to brighter, glowier skin over time.
Boasting apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, clary sage, and sandalwood, this certified organic and cruelty-free formula comes highly recommended from editorial director Faith Xue. It pacifies off-kilter pH levels and works as an all-natural antibacterial agent to discourage oil production and acne.
A top-notch recommendation from managing editor Lindsey Metrus, this K-beauty favorite puts hydration at the forefront (via bamboo extract) while simultaneously maintaining a velvety-matte finish. Apply it morning and evening post-cleanse or even throughout the day for those unexpected oil emergencies.
Excess oil and sebum instigate a frustrating and vicious cycle of acne, redness, and pigmentation. This mega-mushroom blend toner from Dr. Weil for Origins is the cream of the crop for soothing and solving all of the aforementioned skin woes. It's an especially great option for those with oily and sensitive skin.
Heralded as one of the best drugstore toners money can buy, this glow-inducing pick from Pixi is rumored to yield results equally staggering as its significantly pricier counterparts. It happens to be another genius recommendation from editorial director Faith Xue and features oil-banishing benefits courtesy of 5% glycolic acid, ginseng, and aloe vera.
Virtually every beauty devotee seems to have this luxe cult-favorite elixir sitting atop their vanity. It's great for all skin types (hence its ultra-popular reputation), but it also happens to be one of the best toners on the market for oily skin. Grape extracts, mint, rosemary, and rose essential oils tackle, oiliness, dullness, and inflammation head-on.
For a refined glow and even, balanced skin, reach for this ultra-gentle toner from Australian cult favorite brand Grown Alchemist. (Wellness editor Victoria Hoff also swears by the line.) Olive and chamomile extracts, ginseng, aloe vera, and vitamin C improve softness and shine (the good kind.)
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