BAZAAR Beauty Awards 2020: The Best Toners to Refresh and Hydrate Skin
BEST ANTI-AGEING TONER: Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion, $430, La Prairie
Harnessing the benefits of caviar, this pre-serum is infused with caviar water obtained via a unique distillation process designed to retain its skin- loving properties. Thanks to its antioxidant, moisturising, nourishing and retexturising properties, skin appears smoother, suppler and generally younger over time. Immediately post-application, skin feels plumper and well hydrated.
BEST BRIGHTENING TONER: SUBLIMAGE La Lotion Lumière Exfoliante, $184, Chanel
Taking a two-prong approach to brightening, this lotion tackles surface dullness with gently exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids, while the antioxidant-rich vanilla planifolia and white birch waters work from within to reportedly prevent and heal damage, improve hydration and boost overall radiance.
BEST FACIAL MIST: Grape Water, $32, Caudalie
Hit refresh with a spritz of this all-natural mist made from 100 percent grape water extracted from organic grapes. Rich in antioxidants, it moisturises and reduces skin sensitivity, instantly restoring comfort —a godsend on hot days.
BEST HYDRATING TONER: Bonabella 28Days Return Booster, $37, Ksisters
With a formula that is 85 percent vanilla planifolia fruit extract—an antioxidant that soothes dryness while gently exfoliating skin—you can be sure this gives skin a major moisture boost. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky on skin and, when applied using the Korean 7 Skin Method (whereby you press on seven layers of toner), promises to get you that famous “glass skin”.
BEST OIL-CONTROL TONER: Clarifying Probiotic Mineral Tonic, $85, Kerstin Florian
Formulated to be compatible with the skin’s natural microbiome, this is designed to increase the amount of beneficial bacteria on skin while reducing that of harmful bacteria, which in turn regulates sebum production, and prevents pimples and skin inflammation.
BEST PRE-SERUM ESSENCE: First Care Activating Serum, $118, Sulwhasoo
Set to awaken your skin’s natural potential, this bestselling anti- ageing serum is anchored by the fifth-generation JAUM Activator, a breakthrough technology that promotes skin cell renewal and works on strengthening the skin barrier for a soft, radiant look.
BEST PRE-SERUM ESSENCE: Facial Treatment Essence, $220, SK-II
This Pitera-rich elixir has won countless awards—and rightfully so. Boasting a watery texture that absorbs quickly into skin, it promises a crystal-clear complexion with an all-around improvement in texture, tone, clarity and radiance.
BEST SOOTHING TONER: Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion, $63, Origins
Targeting redness and inflammation, this alcohol-free toner has a concoction of mushrooms to soothe skin and help build up its resilience, rapidly neutralising and calming irritation.
BEST TONER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: Skin Defence Essential Toner, $155.65, Kew Organics
Sensitive skin is usually considered more delicate in part because of a thinner, weakened or damaged skin barrier. Shore up your skin’s defence with an antioxidant-rich toner like this one, which protects against damaging free radicals while working to reduce inflammation and accelerate healing.