If you skip toning in your routine, you might want to reconsider.
I get it. Who has time for an extra step? Or maybe you’re asking yourself why would you smear a magical water on your face. Personally, I have very little patience for products that don’t give me results. That’s why I’m jazzed about Pixi Glow Tonic and Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray.
They have been my go-to toners lately, because I feel like they cover all my bases. The Pixi Glow Tonic contains glycolic acid and is a chemical exfoliant. I’ve been enjoying chemical exfoliants so much that I genuinely can’t remember the last time I used a scrub. This is gentle but effective. I use it at night 3 to 4 times a week, and the morning after I use it, my skin is brighter, smoother, and less flaky in my dry areas. I just sprinkle a little on a Shiseido cotton pad and wipe it all over my face.
This format of toner has the added bonus of removing any residue or leftover makeup that might still be on the skin after cleansing. I also think that my skin responds really well to glycolic acid in general. I had a gigantic pimple on my cheek a few weeks ago. I’ve been toning regularly with the Pixi Glow Tonic, and it’s healing up with minimal scarring, which is unusual for me. (Seriously. Mosquito bites leave me with scars.)
After the acid tone, I follow up with a generous mist (read: torrential downpour) of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Spray. This is the first really hydrating toner that I’ve ever used and in the wintertime, it is a must for me. It feels like drinking a cold glass of water on the hottest day of the summer…but on your face. A spray format, I think, is more conducive to hydrating toners because all of the product stays on your skin – none of it gets absorbed by a cotton pad.
Added bonus? These toners aren’t insanely expensive. I have a hard time paying over $35 for a toner or mist – come on, the first ingredient is almost always water! – and both of these toners fall under that price.