Tried and Tested: Toners
Cleanse, tone, moisturise is one of the first beauty lessons we learn, but so many of us miss out the vital middle step. For all those toner devotees, we track down the best products out there.
L'Occitane Shea Gentle Toner - 4/5
I have to admit I'm not a massive toner user (correction, I'm not a toner user at all), so didn't expect much from this product. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Even after washing my face, cleansing, and using my trusty electronic face brush, the L'Occitane toner still managed to remove more traces of the day's dirt and make-up. Thus my skin felt even cleaner. It's alcohol-free making it non-drying. The scent was really nice as well, with a powdery and light floral finish which was lovely to go to sleep on after cleaning my face.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Toner - 5/5
It's award winning, so I had big hopes for this toner. Luckily they came true as this alcohol-free product really refreshed my skin without leaving it feeling dry like most toners have done in the past. It's got chamomile and witch hazel in it, meaning it soothed even when my skin was feeling most sensitive. A definite must-have after using it on a regular basis; if only the bottle was never-ending.
Clarins Alcohol-Free Camomile Toning Lotion - 4/5
I never usually use a toner, partly because I'm lazy and partly because I'm never too sure what they'll actually do for my skin. I do, however, love Clarins and regularly use their cleansers. This toner is very mild and did leave my sensitive, dry skin nice and soft. It also removed make-up that I didn't realise was still on my skin, clogging up my pores. The camomile smell might be a bit strong, but I find it quite soothing. Maybe I'm a toner convert!