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IT’S A THING… TONER. (IT’S BACK.)

IT’S A THING… TONER. (IT’S BACK.)

Toner it's a thing Toner it's a thing

Photograph by Nick Dale.

We blame the rise of multi-tasking and minimalism for the fact that somewhere along the way, toners ever so quietly slipped off the beauty radar and into the dark recesses of the bathroom vanity. The astringent middleman of the classic, cleanse-tone-moisturise routine has been rather unfairly overshadowed by the skin-refining superpowers of new and noisier serums and at-home peels grabbing the spotlight. But just as matte lips and blunt fringes have made a comeback, we’re happily heralding toner’s own classic return to form. Here, four favourites we’re loving right now:

URBAN WARFARE ON THE GO
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URBAN WARFARE ON THE GO

Ever noticed how your skin looks clearer and more radiant after time spent in the (clean) country air? But when the diary doesn’t allow for a country getaway, invest in an anti-pollution toner that decongests the skin. Meet Ren’s Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Shield: an invisible, on-the-go spritz that shields against congestion-causing pollutants and can be misted over your makeup for regular top-ups.

PRE-MAKEUP PREP
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PRE-MAKEUP PREP

It all makes sense, really: a smoother, more refined complexion = a better canvas for makeup. Using a toner that works as a skin resurfacer boosts cellular turnover to reveal more even, glowing skin. A skin-toning chemical exfoliant like Perricone MD’s Exfoliating Pore Refiner delivers that immediate fresh-and-clean feeling with a flattering photoshop effect (read: visibly shrinks pores and improves tone and brightness). After this, makeup can seem entirely optional.

THE MULTI-TASKER
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THE MULTI-TASKER

We spend more time in temperature-controlled spaces than ever before, meaning dehydration can be a constant. The fastest fix is to regularly spritz the skin with a toner that not only refines and conditions the skin but balances moisture levels at the same time. Cult spa favourite Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Mist sits on many a MECCA desk; our go-to for regular hits of luxe hydration and reinvigorating bursts of a Neroli-and-Rose-based scent.

MSO FRENCHY
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SO FRENCHY, SO CHIC

For those who like a classic approach, the traditional toning step is still a worthy part of your routine. Favour modern, alcohol-free formulas that will be kinder to your complexion; removing any makeup residue, refreshing skin, and boosting clarity without leaving it feeling taut and uncomfortable. Parisian skin specialist Darphin has spiked their Refreshing Cleansing Toner with nourishing fig– and banana–tree–flower extracts. Oui oui, s'il vous plaît.

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