Take one of the most beloved skincare products (toner) and one of the buzziest skincare ingredients (glycolic acid) and you’re left with a match made in beauty heaven. Alas, as with any and all beauty products, especially when it comes to skincare formulations, not every brightening, clarifying, and pore-refining glycolic acid toner is created equally. There’s definitely a hierarchy, and we’re here to shed some light.
As a quick refresh, toners are either water- or alcohol-based solutions that can offer a wide array of benefits depending on the starring ingredients they feature. (You’ll want to find a toner that’s specifically geared toward your skin type as well!) As far as the benefits toners can offer, celebrity facialist Renée Rouleau explains that the right formulas can boost hydration (make sure you leave it on damp after cleansing), balance your skin’s pH, remove drying salts and chlorines found in tap water, enhance the results of your entire skincare regimen, and support your skin’s natural protective barrier.