For those who have dry or sensitive skin, finding the perfect facial toner may be a challenge – many toners in the market contain alcohol, which can irritate and dry out our skin. This can upset the balance for those with combination and even oily skin too.
With toner being an important step in our daily skincare routine, it is important to find one that won’t trigger any skin irritation. If you’ve been on the hunt for one that suits your skin, read on for some of the best alcohol-free toners that are gentle on all skin types.
1. Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
This essence toner from Pyunkang Yul is an intensely hydrating formula designed to deliver nutrient-filled moisture to the skin. Instead of having water as its first ingredient, there’s 91.3% of milk vetch root extract, which is full of soothing minerals and anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
The gel-like toner quickly absorbs to hydrate and strengthen skin, so go ahead and apply another layer of it for a kick of moisture.
Get this at S$18.60 from Althea.
2. Curel Sebum Trouble Care Lotion
Hailing from Japan, this alcohol-free toner is ideal for sensitive, and oily yet dehydrated skin. Its non-oily, non-sticky formula is light on the skin; its allantoin and eucalyptus extract also soothes, protects and moisturises the skin, helping to minimise acne and maximise smoothing benefits. Just three or four pumps every morning and evening is all you need for this step!
Get this at S$21.16 from Watsons.
3. Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Toning Lotion
Protective and soothing, this gentle alcohol-free toner is especially suitable for those with very dry and sensitive skin.
Made with Avène Thermal Spring Water, this pharmacy toner’s soothing and anti-irritation properties will give your skin an instant sense of comfort. It’s also hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and oil, soap, soy, and gluten-free. Cheers to clean skincare!
Get this at S$37.70 from Watsons.
4. Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner
This calming and hydrating alcohol-free toner is gentle on the skin, making it ideal for even the most sensitive skin.
Its blend of plant extracts and soothing ingredients helps to both brighten and moisturise the skin. Noteworthy ingredients include Phyto-Oligo for moisturising and wheat amino acids to help reduce skin inflammation.
Get this at S$26.90 from Guardian.
5. Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner
A cult classic, this formula features calendula, allantoin and great burdock to gently soothe, comfort and refresh.
This alcohol-free toner is well-loved by many with dry and sensitive skin through the years it’s been around, so it’s certainly a formula you can trust.
Get this at S$59 from Kiehl’s.
6. Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner
Hailed by Kiehl’s as its iconic toner for dry and sensitive skin, this alcohol-free formula is the brand’s mildest toner, so you can consider it if your skin is hyper-sensitive.
Made with herbal extracts for a gentle, soothing, balancing and mildly astringent effect, this one will keep your skin clean, soothed and toned.
Get this at S$43 from Kiehl’s.
7. Fresh Rose Floral Toner
Time to make your skin bloom! One of the Fresh’s bestsellers, this alcohol-free toner features the power of rose petals – toning rose fruit extract, soothing rosewater, nourishing rose oils, and rose petals. This mild formula reinvigorates the skin, cleansing surface debris, pollution particles and residual impurities – with a rose fragrance that won the love of many.
Get this at Sephora – S$38 for 100ml and S$69 for 250ml.
8. Paula’s Choice Pore-Reducing Toner
This skin-balancing alcohol-free toner helps to load up your skin with antioxidants and hydrating ceramides. The result? Smoother, more moisturised skin that is more well-balanced.
It’s also good for removing the last traces of stubborn makeup, so your skin stays clean and refreshed.
Get this at S$35 from Shopee.
9. Dr.Jart+ PORE MEDIC Pore Minish Mist
Gently diminish your pores and refine your complexion with this purifying mist! This mattifying spray purifies the complexion and refreshes fatigued skin.
Ideal for oily skin, this all-in-one alcohol-free toner doubles as a setting spray – simply spritz it over your makeup, and you’re good to go.
Get this at S$33.90 from Shopee.
10. Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Toner
This mist toner may be just what you need to shield your skin from the environmental stresses of city life.
Its formula contains Coneflower Extract and Vitamins C & E, all of which help to strengthen the against environmental aggressors such as pollution. It also contains rice amino acids that enhance the skin’s moisture-retaining abilities and orange fruit extract, too, for that refreshing oomph.
Get this at $75.44 from Amazon Singapore.
11. Neutrogena Alcohol-free Toner
This is a gentle alcohol-free toner that refreshes skin without stripping away your skin’s natural moisture.
Best part? It is an affordable option that offers a clean and refreshing toning experience without the harsh drying effects of alcohol.
Get this at S$11.50 from Watsons.
12. Clarins Toning Lotion With Iris
This special formulation contains purifying Iris and Sage extracts for oily and combination skin; Iris to help fight wrinkles and dryness and Sage for its anti-inflammatory properties. The lotion also hydrates the skin, tighten pores and refines texture – all while balancing facial oils for a matte finish.
Get this at S$46 from Clarins.
13. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera
Made with pore-cleansing rose water, certified organic aloe vera, and the brand’s propriety witch hazel extract, this powerhouse of a formula is soothing and moisturising.
It has a strong cult following with over 10,000 glowing reviews on Amazon so you know that many before you have tried and loved it.
Get it at S$23.90 from Watsons.
14. Lancôme Tonique Douceur Softening Hydrating Toner with Rose Water
This alcohol-free, pH balanced freshener tones, refines, and softens your skin, without depleting natural oils. Dermatologist tested and formulated with rose water, this rejuvenating blend will leave your skin feeling luxuriously clean, smooth and supple.
Get it at S$75 from Sephora.
15. Simple Soothing Facial Toner
This refreshing alcohol-free toner helps to restore balance to the skin’s natural pH level by removing the alkaline substance found in post-cleansing residue on your skin.
Infused with ingredients such as pro-vitamin B5, Chamomile, Witch Hazel, and Allantoin, this formula is both nourishing and soothing. The absence of chemicals such as artificial perfume and dye makes it even more ideal for sensitive skin.
Get it at S$12.90 from Watsons.
16. Origins United State Balancing Tonic
Great for those with combination skin, this winning formula de-shines the T-zone without stripping off the skin’s natural oils. It also protects your skin moisture levels while balancing pH levels. The fragrance – lavender and spearmint – is a bonus for those who look for sensorial experiences in their skincare routine too!
Get it at S$30 at Selfridges.
17. Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner
This crowd-favourite alcohol-free toner has a gentle and soothing formulation that removes pore-clogging debris from the skin’s surface, without stripping its natural moisture.
You’ll love that results too: skin that feels fresh and smooth, with no feeling of tightness that typically comes along with alcohol-based toners.
Get it at S$32 from Sephora.
18. Laneige Cream Skin Refiner
Laneige calls this “a whole bottle of cream in a toner”, thanks to its exclusive Cream Blending Technology, where a jar of cream is dissolved into a skin toner. That’s hydration, right from the first step of your skincare application!
Get it at S$38 from Sephora.
19. Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic
A cult-favourite made with botanical extracts such as aloe vera and ginseng, this skin tonic has received glowing reviews from across the world. This exfoliating toner removes dead skin cells and with time, reveals smooth and glowing skin! We’ve tried it for ourselves and you can read our Pixi Glow Tonic review for more information.
Get it at Sephora – 100ml for S$24, 250ml for S$48.