Make No Mistake: Toners Can Make a Huge Difference for Dry Skin

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When it comes to remedying dry and dehydrated skin, it's not likely you think of toner, though you should since its uses are varied, targeting skin concerns that go beyond acne and oiliness. In fact, adding that one extra step in your skincare routine can make a real and visible difference in the moisture levels of the skin. That is, if you're using the right formula.

Take it from Tammy Yaiser, vice president of product development at Algenist. "Oftentimes, the term toner evokes an astringent liquid containing alcohol and applied to the skin to reduce oiliness," explains Yaiser. "Modern toners, however, have evolved, and there are now exciting advancements in modern formulations." Instead of stripping the skin and drying it out, many toners deliver super-hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and more. As such, "well-formulated toners can be an essential key element to balancing your skin. Applied after cleansing, they allow for a quick delivery of hydrating, balancing and anti-aging ingredients to clarify and refresh the skin as a head start before your treatment protocol."

If you have dry skin (which doesn't simply go away in the summer months, mind you), try enlisting the help of any one of these 12 hydrating toners. All you have to do is pat one into your skin after you cleanse and before you reach for serum and moisturizer to achieve plump, glowy, and comfortable skin. Dry, scaly patches will be banished.