The first time I heard about exfoliating toners was when I was sent a Glossier e-mail promoting their [then] new product. This translucent pink bottle claimed to have the ability to transform my skin in a matter of weeks for only $24. I bought it the second it was available, and from that moment on, I have been a fan of exfoliating toners.
These toners use acids like Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) to remove dead skin cells to promote cell turnover while keeping your pores clean. They can get deeper than physical exfoliation and prevent the irritation caused by scrubbing. They also help make your face smooth while helping with problems like acne and hyperpigmentation.
All you have to do is apply it after cleansing your face and before applying your moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, use it less often to avoid irritation. Here are some exfoliating toners worthy of their cult following:
Glossier Solution (Click Here)
Glossier’s formula is vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic. I love that they have information from a clinical trial that lists the benefits ranging from one to four weeks of usage on their website.
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 (Click Here)
Known for not just exfoliating but also hydrating and balancing the skin, Bioloqique has a 4.9 rating on their site.
Youth to the People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner (Click Here)
YTTP’s toner uses 8% lactic acid and 3% glycolic acid to smooth the skin and shrink those pores.
Glamglow Supertoner (Click Here)
This toner uses activated charcoal to help with acne-prone skin. This, along with the exfoliating acid, will help unclog your pores and reveal smoother skin.
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (Click Here)
On the more expensive side, SK-II’s hydrating toner uses PITERA. This unique ingredient has vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and more to condition your skin.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (Click Here)
The glycolic acid exfoliates the skin, while Tasmanian Pepperberry reduces irritation the acid can cause. Ginseng root and aloe vera also soothe the skin.
Pixi Glow Tonic (Click Here)
If you’re looking for a less strong toner, Glow Tonic only has 5% glycolic acid. Similar to The Ordinary’s toner, it has ginseng and aloe vera to soothe, hydrate and energize the skin.
Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic (Click Here)
Using natural salicylic, lactic, and azelaic acids, Ren’s toner diminishes pores while brightening and lightening both pigmentation and scars.