Dr. Maura: Finding the Best Scent for your Skin Type

Finding the Best Scented Toner for Your Skin Type

At every age, we should be taking steps to care for our skin. Regular cleansing, moisturization and drinking plenty of water will help get us that “lit from within” glow we all want, but facial toners are also a crucial part of the journey to achieving a healthy complexion. 

Many are still unaware of what toners really do, and dismiss them as being too drying or too astringent. The truth is alcohol free toners are incredibly hydrating and full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that leave your skin looking youthful and plump. 

Scented varieties of toners like Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner and Astringents are an added plus as they usually contain botanical ingredients that not only smell incredible, but offer their own benefits as well. 

We’re going to break down the benefits behind each scented toner so you can get a better idea of what toner  will be most beneficial for your skin type. 

Rose Water Toners

What does it do? Also known as Rosa Centifolia Rose water, rosewater comes with plenty of benefits, and it’s easy to see why it has been a beauty staple for thousands of years. The astringent-like qualities of rosewater make it perfect for cleansing the skin gently, while tightening and toning the pores. The petals of the rose are naturally acidic, and help balance your skin’s natural pH level as well. 

Who is it for? Rose Water is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, making it suitable for all skin types, but especially those with acne prone, oily or dry skin. Thanks to its powerful anti inflammatory properties, rosewater is a great natural remedy for soothing acne, as well as relieving skin discomfort from conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It also helps balance out sebum levels on skin due to its hydrating nature and its antioxidant properties strengthen cells and skin longevity. 

Why Your Skin will Love it: Not only does it have a sweet fragrance but Rose Water is incredibly hydrating to skin, keeps pores clean and helps acne prone and oily skin types by reducing excess oil and fighting off acne causing bacteria. The Rose Petal Facial Toner is our bestselling toner for good reason! 

Lavender Water Toners

What does it do? Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, popular due to its calming aroma is a natural skin healer found in many skincare products. Lavender is calming to the nose as well as the skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s calming properties make it a good solution for those dealing with inflammation of the skin, and managing acne as well. If you have trouble soothing skin irritations or managing redness of the skin, Lavender can provide those calming benefits to the skin. 

Who is it for? Because it’s so gentle on the skin, Lavender water is a great choice for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin. Just like rosewater, it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature calms redness and inflammation of the skin without causing further irritation. 

Why Your Skin will Love it: Besides its soothing scent, Lavender water can improve the health of your skin due to its calming and antiseptic properties. If you are looking to improve your overall skin texture, as well as relieve any blemishes or irritations of the face, the Lavender Facial Toner might be what you’re looking for. 

Cucumber Essence Toners

What does it do? You’ll find Cucumber essence under the name Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) fruit extract in the Cucumber Facial Toner. Cucumbers are naturally high in water and for this reason, are great at hydrating skin from the inside out. They also contain caffeic acid as well as vitamin B-5, making cucumber essence a useful natural remedy in reducing puffiness of the skin and treating acne. 

Who is it for? Cucumber essence is so gentle it works for most all skin types. Since it’s made up of 95% water, it can be used for those with skin sensitivities without any adverse skin reactions. No matter what your skin type, cucumber essence will help soothe and hydrate your skin from within. The antioxidants found in cucumber essence can manage diminish clogged pores and relieve inflammation, leading to clearer, healthier skin.  

Why Your Skin will Love it: You’ll love the cooling effects of cucumber essence on your skin. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, Thayers Cucumber Facial Toner is one the best things you can spritz or cleanse your face with! 

Coconut Water Toners

What does it do? Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water is an ingredient you’ll come across in Thayers Coconut Water Facial Toner. It’s incredibly hydrating qualities are beneficial to dry, thirsty skin. Also packed with antibacterial, antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties, coconut water contains a multitude of benefits to promote overall skin health. 

Who is it for? Because Coconut water is rich in moisture and offers anti aging benefits, it is great for dry and mature skin types. The cytokinins found within coconut water promote cell growth and activation, which prevent the effects of aging and wrinkles on the skin. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, coconut water is also helpful in fighting off acne and calming redness and inflammation. 

Why Your Skin will Love it: Coconut water remains a popular skincare ingredient due to its multipurpose health benefits. For those who suffer from dehydrated skin, coconut water is a natural hydrater that leaves skin feeling cleansed and refreshed with no greasy aftermath. Again, the antibacterial properties of coconut water make it effective in keeping blemishes at bay, and those who have mature skin can benefit from the Vitamin C and cytokinins in coconut water that keep skin youthful and supple. 

You’ll find all these natural botanical ingredients in Thayers Facial Toners, as well as other skin healthy botanicals like certified organic Witch Hazel astringent and healing Aloe Vera. Just as you would buy a moisturizer or cleanser based on your unique skin concerns, you can apply this knowledge to choose a scented toner based on what your skin needs. Tell us which toner you use in the comments below!

By Dr. Maura Henninger, Licensed and Board-Certified Naturopathic Physician.  For more information on Dr. Maura, please visit drmaura.com