15 Alcohol-Free Toners That Nourish and Balance-and Never Strip-Your Skin
Just because something is common doesn't necessarily mean that it's right and good. Case in point? Alcohol in skin care-and, more specifically, toners. While this ingredient is heavily regarded for its drying abilities (which many people want to believe is beneficial for oily, acne-prone skin types, especially when formulated into this product type), the reality is that it has simply not studied widely enough. In fact, a 2008 dermatological review found that there is so much conflicting evidence between studies on topical alcohol application that they determined the "necessity of its use should be critically evaluated."
If you'd rather avoid it until more research can be done, you're in luck-there are plenty of alcohol-free toners on the market. Ahead, 15 formulas that nourish and balance the skin without ever stripping it.
This hypoallergenic drugstore buy is beloved for its oil-free formula, which helps to hydrate and bring the skin to equilibrium without making it look greasy in the process.
Shop Now: Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner, $6.29, target.com.
People with oily, acne-prone skin will love this gentle BHA toner. Formulated with two-percent salicylic acid, it works to rid the skin of built-up makeup, dirt, and impurities, eliminating future breakouts as a result.
Shop Now: Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner with Moringa + Papaya, $28, sephora.com.
If you're uncertain whether or not your skin can handle BHAs (which are typically more aggressive than AHAs), reach for this glycolic acid-infused toner instead. Combined with amino acids and aloe vera, the AHA-infused toner addresses dullness and uneven texture in the most gentle way possible.
Shop Now: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, $8.70, ulta.com.
With aloe at the forefront, this sensitive skin-friendly formula works to ward off irritation and usher in a dewy, hydrated, healthy-looking complexion.
Shop Now: Burt's Bees Sensitive Toner with Aloe & Witch Hazel, $8.99, target.com.
Kiehl's Since 1851
Soothing calendula extract is the hero of this Sephora best-seller. And when you consider the fact that over 30,000 shoppers have given the nourishing toner their seal of approval, it's definitely worth trying.
Shop Now: Kiehl's Since 1851 Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol Free Toner, $40, sephora.com.
Powered by prebiotics and hyaluronic acid, this toner addresses everything from skin texture to tone. It helps to deeply hydrate skin while reducing redness and soothing irritation. The result? Bouncy, radiant-looking skin after each use.
Shop Now: Acaderma "Equilibria" Stabilizing Toner, $30, acaderma.com.
Made with probiotics, this toner works to address skin texture concerns by shielding it against environmental stressors. Where glycolic acid gently exfoliates the skin, aloe, cucumber, and oat soothe and hydrate it.
Shop Now: Merle Norman "Skintelligent" Toner, $26, merlenorman.com.