What Is The Best Facial Toner For Men – Top 9 Picks For 2018

​Men, in general, fail to appreciate the importance of using a toner on their face as a means of topping off their skincare routine.


Of course, walking up to a shelf filled with various skin products, lotions, creams, scrubs, masks, and toners might feel a bit overwhelming at first. But this is why we are here, to help you pick the best men’s toner for your face and eliminate all the doubt.

See our list of the best toners for men

Not only that, we want to talk more about the toner itself, why is it so important to use it, what is its role in helping you maintain a healthy face and complexion, and what is the best brand you should use, with regards to your skin type.

What Is A Toner, Why Should Men Use It As Well?


Contrary to popular belief, the toner is not explicitly reserved for women, men can and should use it as well!

Toner is a water-based liquid composed of active ingredients designed to address various skin types/problems/conditions. There are three main types of toners:

  • Hydrating toners – hydrating tonic for men is the mildest of the three. It contains little (if any alcohol), and other compounds designed to hydrate your skin and prevent the water from evaporating from the upper layer of the skin. They are suited for individuals with dry, sensitive, and normal skin because they reduce the possibility of irritation.
  • Mild Tonics – mild skin tonics contain alcohol in a larger percentage (usually no more than 20%). So this toner is a bit “stronger” and is suited for people with normal and combination skins.
  • Astringents – astringent is the strongest of the three as it contains the highest portion of alcohol (up to 60%). They are specifically designed for people with oily skin.

It is important to note that alcohol in itself is not bad for our skin, it helps us rid excess oil and fights off bacteria, but the percentage is important. If you have sensitive skin, you should steer clear of astringents.

Benefits Of Using A Toner


As we mentioned earlier, the toner is a great product to complete your skincare regime – cleanse and hydrate your skin.

Some of the main benefits of using a toner for men are:

  • Skin cleansing – a good toner will help you remove dust, pollution, and various other impurities off your skin. Not only that, the main reason we like to use it is that it will cleanse even that thin film that is left behind by other skincare products you’ve used before it.
  • Skin hydration – toner will also soothe your skin, hydrate it, calm and make it look more vibrant and healthy.
  • Irritation and acne – besides cleansing, a toner will prevent these small bumps (we usually get after shaving) and, in combination with other products, may help you control acne breakouts.
  • Opening our pores – by removing debris, grime, and dirt a toner will open up and “flush” the impurities out of our pores.

How Should We Use It – Four-Step Routine


Using a skin toner is fairly simple, but you should use it as a part of a skincare routine, rather than using it separately, on its own.

Step one: you should start your cleansing routine with a face wash/cleanser specially designed for men.

Step two: splashing your face with water. Now, some myths are surrounding the use of hot and cold water on your face. The most prevailing one is that washing your face with hot water will open up your pores, while cold water will close them.

This is, of course, not true. That being said, you should use lukewarm water as it will feel good on your skin. After you’ve splashed your face, you should pat it dry with a clean towel.

Step three: now that your skin is nice and dry, you can move on to using a toner. Saturate a cotton pad and gently use it on your face (and neck) to scrub off all the excess residue left by your cleansing products.

Step four: top it off with a moisturizer of your choice. We’ve talked about moisturizers in one of our previous articles, so feel free to take a look here – “Skincare In Your 20s, 30s, 40s and In Elderly”.

Can A Toner Prevent Shaving Irritation?


I’m sure very few of you even thought about using toner instead or alongside with an aftershave, but it can make a quite a difference.

Our most common complaints, when it comes to shaving, are irritation, rash, redness, bumps, and acne breakouts. But, applying a toner will help you minimize these problems (as shaving is stressful to our skin we can never entirely eliminate a certain amount of irritation).

Now, the choice is yours whether you intend to use a toner in combination with an aftershave. We advise our readers to generally steer clear of aftershaves as some of them are nothing more than alcohol, water, and fragrance. You should instead choose a toner with alcohol, which contains other beneficial, hydrating ingredients as well.

DIY Skin Toner


If you are not keen on buying a toner, you can surely make one yourself. Making a toner yourself is not a complicated process, but you do need to pay attention to store it properly.

One of our favorite low-cost toner solutions is apple cider vinegar. We love recommending apple cider vinegar as it will remove excess oils, balance the natural pH of your facial skin, exfoliate and help keep your pores open.

Before applying it to your face, though, you should dilute it. A general rule of thumb is to mix apple cider vinegar with distilled water 3 to 1. Meaning, for every 1 cup of vinegar, you should add 3 cups of water.

Your Skin Type – Does It Matter?


From what you’ve read so far, you probably concluded this yourself, but yes, yes it does. And this is why you should choose products designed for your skin type, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Of course, having sensitive skin should not be used as an excuse not to use a toner, quite the opposite. Same goes for oily skin; you might be tempted to go overboard and use toners excessively which is also not a very good idea.

Sensitive Skin


Sensitive skin is the most problematic of the three. Some individuals may have such dry, sensitive skin they are afraid to use any products on it. If you are one of these individuals, our advice would be to see a dermatologist.

That being said, you should keep an open mind as a toner might aid your skin renewal capabilities, making your skin healthier and appearing more vibrant.

A toner can also help your skin deal with a moisturizer – absorb it quicker and more efficiently.

Combination Skin


Combination skin is not problematic in itself; it is just tricky to deal with since you have patches that are dry and those that are excessively oily. The most affected area here is the so-called T-zone – forehead, nose, and chin.

But this is precisely the situation where a good toner will shine and help you balance your skin out. It will help hydrate those dry patches while scrubbing the oil off of other and help you clear out those irregularities off your skin.

Just make sure you use mild products, with low alcohol content to avoid irritation.

Best Facial Toner For Men – Top 9 Product Reviews For 2018


At the end of the day, you know your skin best. And choosing a toner for men will depend on just that. This is why we advise first to ask yourself what would you like to gain from using a toner – is it a smoother skin, fewer acne breakouts, healthier complexion…

After you’ve successfully answered some of these questions, it is time to move on to the final chapter of today’s article – our list of the best facial toners for men!


Bloom skin toner packaging

This is a natural mens face toner specifically designed for individuals with problematic skin (though it is suitable for all skin types). It uses high-quality ingredients, and it is HANDMADE manufactured in Wisconsin USA by a company called Bloom.

Right off the bat, when you pick up the little box with the toner, you’ll see a small note on the side saying “Please recycle the container.”

Though it seems cute, it is a clear indicator that this company’s mission is to raise awareness and brings more attention to the preservation of our environment.

Not only that, this company is making a difference for women in Kenya (as surprising as it may sound)! Bloom applies a part of its profits to teach Honey soap making skills to promote their economic standings. A truly noble goal.

Back to the toner:

Just like the rest of the products this company is making, this facial toner is also all natural and paraben free!

It comes in a beautiful box (perfect if you are giving this toner as a gift to someone) and the actual bottle is equipped with a double lid system. What this means is it provides an extra layer of protection for those of you that travel a lot.

The bottle is also equipped with a pump so that you can apply it with ease.

You can apply the toner in two different ways:

  • 1
    Close your eyes and spray directly onto your face or
  • 2
    Grab a cotton pad, spray the toner onto the pad and then apply it to your face

I prefer to use the cotton pad as it gives me more control and is more convenient that way.

The toner is alcohol-free, with witch hazel and lemon essential oil. It will balance out the pH of your skin, refine the texture of your skin, hydrate it, and even help clear up those tiny blemishes (after you shave).

Some users also reported their pores becoming tighter and less visible.

Another point we wanted to get across is that it’s perfect for people with sensitive skin, prone to allergies. It won’t sting, burn, or hurt your skin in any way, but will get the job done!

For those of you that are still not convinced, this manufacturer also offers an impressive money back guarantee. If you are in any way, unsatisfied with the product, you can get a full refund.


lavo face product

LAVO is another US-based company, located in Hollywood CA. All the products in their arsenal contain organic, natural ingredients, and are paraben and cruelty-free.

Due to its natural formula and quality ingredients, this face toner is suitable for both men and women, and all skin types (perfect for those of you with oily skin).

Some of these ingredients are:

  • Glycolic acid – some call it the “holy grail” of exfoliating as it is so effective in scrubbing the dead cells off the skin, but it will also help with scar treatment, battle against skin discoloration and signs of aging.
  • Aloe vera and marigold – extracts from these plants are perfect for calming down skin irritation, hydrating it and making it smooth.
  • Vitamin C – vitamin C provides a whole range of benefits. Some of which are boosting collagen production, protecting skin from sun damage, improving hydration, and overall keeping your skin looking younger.
  • Alcohol – this product contains something known as SD Alcohol 40B. This is denatured alcohol, not meant for drinking but can be used as an ingredient in the cosmetic industry.

Is this the best face toner for men on the market today? We can’t tell you for sure since we haven’t had the chance to try out every single one, but we can assure you it’s at the very top!

How often should you use it?

We recommend applying it once a day, ideally at night, as a part of your skincare routine (after face cleansing and before you apply a moisturizer).

Using your toner once a day ensures your skin is well-taken care off while making sure your bottle lasts a long time (the bottle is huge – 6fl.oz/177ml).


rosewater face toner

This is one of the few 100% organic skincare products out there. And, as such, it is perfect for those of you with dry, sensitive skin that is prone to breaking out.

There are no chemicals, no preservatives, and no artificial fragrances in this product. So, why did we list it as #3 instead of #1? Well, this product is predominantly used by women. Even though we are talking about best toners for MEN today, we felt the need to include this one as well, only because it is 100% organic.

As for the ingredients, this product ONLY contains rose flower water. The manufacturer explains it is because other components might trigger Rosacea. So, this toner is 100% safe to use, and will not cause breakouts.

For this reason, you can even buy it for your kids who are just starting out with their skincare routines.

How To Apply It?

As with other face toners we already mentioned, you’ll need to clean your face first and then apply it.

The bottle comes with a handy pump, so you can spray it onto your face, no need to rub it in! The smell is pleasant without being overpowering (though not the most masculine in the world), but it only lingers for 10-20 minutes, so there is no need to worry.

Teddie’s rose water will also help with acne scarring, skin toning, and lighten up some old scars already present on your face.

Give it a go and let us know what you make of it in the comments below!


weleda toner product

Chances are you’ve heard of the Weleda company as it has been around since 1921! Considering skin care industry is such a volatile, fast-changing and hugely challenging market, a company that has been around for close to 100 years has to be good at what it does.

This becomes apparent when you read the company’s “Commitment to quality” manifesto.

There, you can read that the company is:

  • 1
    Parabene free
  • 2
    Cruelty free
  • 3
    SLS free
  • 4
    GMO free
  • 5
    Chemical preservatives/preservatives free

Weleda toner comes in a glass bottle, so it’s a bit heavier, but I prefer it that way; dark stained glass will also protect the content from the light and safeguard its formula better.

As for the product itself, it will effectively remove any residue and impurities other skincare products have left behind. It will also help prepare your skin for the moisturizer, allowing it to be absorbed better and faster.

It will leave your skin clean and tight; some individuals even report a more refined skin texture and reduced appearance of skin pores.

I like this product because my skin is a bit oily… And, as this toner for men contains alcohol, I feel it’s helping my skin deal with all that excess oil production.


We’ve decided to end our list with a budget product coming to us from a well-known, and a well-respected brand Neutrogena.

This product is advertised as alcohol-free formulation, designed to give you that deep sense of cleaning without your skin feeling too tight or dry. The product will also help you combat acne breakouts and keep your skin hydrated.

To use it, you can just pour it onto the cotton pad (as it does not have a sprayer like the rest) and gently wipe your face in an upward motion.

How does it feel on your skin?
If you’ve ever used skin products which contain alcohol, you know that they sting! They sting so much so that, over the years, we developed this belief that “if it stings it means it’s working!”

Of course, this belief was false, and the only reason it did sting is because of the alcohol present.

By removing alcohol from this face toner for men, Neutrogena ensured you don’t feel that tightness and drying you may have felt before.

The Price?

If you take the time to look at the price of this product and compare it to some of the rest we reviewed, you’ll see that it’s significantly cheaper. So why is it?

The difference in price is mainly induced by the difference in the ingredients used. You see, other products we talked about featured natural, organic ingredients and, as such have to cost a bit more (to factor in the production of these high-quality ingredients).

Though Neutrogena excluded alcohol from this product, it still incorporated some chemically produced ingredients.

But…

If you have healthy skin and are just looking for a cheap, “quick fix” to refresh your skin in the morning (or at night), this is a fine choice.

Also, the bottle is HUGE – 8.5 fl.oz. (250ml)! It will easily last you a couple of months, so go ahead and give it a go!


Geneva face toner bottle

This Swiss-made facial toner from Geneva Naturals is simply outstanding. It was made using a unique formula that blends a plethora of organic ingredients and is perfect for both men and women.

This face toner possesses a lot of regenerative and healing properties that make it ideal for treating a wide array of skin ailments, ranging from scaling and bumps to oily skin and rapid aging.

Here are the main components of Geneva Naturals’ proprietary formula:

  • Lavender– This essential ingredient is known for its ability to stimulate cell regeneration. It is one of the most effective natural anti-aging agents and is perfectly suited for all skin types.
  • Green tea– This is the main component that is responsible for eradicating wrinkles, sagging and other signs of unhealthy skin. It is also rich in various vitamins and contributes in cleansing the skin from bacteria.
  • Tea tree– A potent ingredient that combats fungal and viral infections. This natural oil treats acne and spots without the adverse side effects that are associated with most over-the-counter medicines
  • Edelweiss Extract– This is probably the ingredient you’re least familiar with. It is extracted from a rare flower that only grows at high altitudes in the Swiss Alps. This extract is rich in various essential acids that halt the aging process.

After only a few days of using this product, you will notice a significant improvement in your skin’s texture and appearance. What makes this men’s facial toner so fast-acting is the fact that its ingredients are both highly potent and organic, which enables you to get quick results without any unwanted side effects.

How is this facial toner used?
The directions are essentially the same as any other product that serves a similar purpose. After cleaning your face, dip a cotton pad into the toner and apply it very softly to your face and neck.


rose water toner

This American-made facial toner was concocted by Herbal Dynamics Beauty, one of the more established brands in the organic skin-care niche. Their products are often characterized by a strong reliance on vigorous natural ingredients, and this particular toner is a perfect example of that.

The list of components that went into the making of this product is exhaustive, to say the least. Virtually all the potent ingredients that you’d like to see in a facial tuner are includedRose essential oil, organic chamomile extract, organic witch hazel, organic aloe vera, and organic tea extract among many others. This entirely organic formula guarantees that you can apply the toner without worrying about the risk of a potential allergic reaction.

This spray covers all the necessary bases when it comes to skin-care. It is suited for all types of skin and is equally adept at both healing and preserving cells and tissues. The unique blend of flower extract and hyaluronic acids constitute a powerful remedy for aging while the vitamin-rich aloe vera adds a layer of protection to your skin.

As it is the case with any genuine organic brand, one of Herbal Dynamics Beauty’s major selling points is their commitment to using natural ingredients and abstaining from testing their products on animals. To that effect, this facial toner contains no harmful preservatives like parabens and methylisothiazolinone and is entirely free of powerful surfactants and additives such as phthalates.

How is it applied?
This spray has two usages and can be applied at any time. It can either be used as a facial toner or simply as a skin refresher. If you’re planning to use it as a toner, cleanse your face and apply it gently to allow for maximum absorption. If you want to use it as a refresher, just carefully spray it from 10 to 12 inches and let it dry for a while.


Toner pads

If we were reviewing facial toners based on the sleekness and design of the container, the Anthony Astringent Toner wouldn’t have made the cut. But don’t let the relatively bland look of this product fool you, it is one of the top facial skin care solutions in the market and is made by one of the leading brands when it comes to men’s personal care.

Similar to other products discussed in our review, this toner is made from a number of organic elements. The mixture of witch hazel, Aloe, and citrus mint boasts a significant number of superb properties that help protect and heal the skin without any discernible side effects. Another essential element that is included in the mix is Azeloglicina, a natural ingredient that improves skin texture, radiance, evenness, and assists in healthy water retention and hydration.

The Anthony Astringent is ideal for all types of male skin and is especially helpful if you happen to suffer from excessively oily skin. The toner tightens the pores of the skin and helps regulate the amount of oil that is released. The lack of any harmful preservatives or additives makes it a good choice if you are prone to allergies or if you’re simply worried about how your skin will react to certain chemicals.

How to use it
To get the most out of this facial toner, you will need to make sure that your face is entirely dry after you have thoroughly cleaned it. This is highly important because water can prevent your pores from fully absorbing the astringent. After applying it by gently wiping the pad over your face, wait for a minimum of 5 minutes before adding anything else.


witch hazel toner product

This alcohol-free facial toner from Maple Holistics offers one of the best quality to price ratios in the market. This organic astringent is very rich in vitamins and antioxidants and makes for an affordable alternative to some of the more expensive products in this review.

Some of the main ingredients that went into the making of this nourishing lotion include Witch hazel, aloe vera, and lavender. These organic elements combine in creating a potent remedy for pH unbalances, excessive redness, dead skin flakes, as well as various other impurities that prevent your skin from glowing and looking refreshed.

The fact that Alcohol isn’t included in the lotion’s formula means that this toner can be used without the fear of triggering some of the skin rashes that are sometimes associated with exposure to Alcohol. This product also boasts a substantial amount of Vitamins A and E, two elements that are essential to maintaining healthy skin and preventing aging signs such as sagging.

Besides combating aging and improving the overall texture of your face, this toner also serves as an effective and side-effect-free acne treatment for both teens and adults. Its natural compounds aggressively attack the source of the acne by alleviating the pores of the oil that builds up and traps dead skin cells. This will significantly reduce the oiliness of your skin and will help prevent oil from building up again.

While we haven’t personally used this facial toner for men yet, most users have reported a tremendous and palpable improvement few days after using the product. One particular thing that reviewers seem to be unanimous about is the instant feeling of revitalization that occurs mere minute after applying the lotion.

Igor Marcikic
 

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