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There’s no doubt that one of the biggest conundrums of the beauty world is combination skin. Yup, we’re talking about skin that is oily in the T-zone and dry in other areas of the face, such as the cheeks, or around the eyes. Sounds familiar?

If you’re on this article, we’re guessing that you have combination skin. We understand – it may seem tricky to find the right skincare products to balance out your complexion.

This especially applies to products such as toner, which brings to mind stinging, harsh solutions that dry out your face, or too-rich formulas that can cause breakouts.

This doesn’t mean that you should skip out on toner entirely, though. After all, toners for combination skin have a multitude of benefits: they balance the skin’s pH levels, they help rid your skin of any remaining oil or debris, and they also hydrate, hence evening out your complexion.

What to look for in toners for combination skin

best toners for combination skin pouring toner on cotton pad

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1. A pH-balanced formula

Our normal skin pH is around 5, so if the pH of your toner swings too acidic (below pH 4) or too alkaline (above pH 7), it can create an environment that allows harmful bacteria to thrive.

A pH-balanced formula should help recalibrate your skin’s pH, so that your skin will feel calm and balanced after cleansing.

2. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or Beta hydroxy acid (BHA)

AHAs, such as glycolic or lactic acid, and BHA (salicylic acid) are good additions to toners for combination skin. In low concentrations, these gentle chemical exfoliants are what dermatologists often recommend.

They help to slough off dead skin cells, keeping your pores clear. Plus, they can help control the production of excess oil and may also lighten pigmentation.

3. Hydrating ingredients

To keep the dry areas of your skin in check, you’ll want a formula that’s also hydrating. With combination skin, you’ll need a formula that does double duty to target excess shine and ease dry patches at the same time.

Soothing and hydrating ingredients like glycerin, allantoin, panthenol, hyaluronic acid, and beta-glucan will ensure that you accomplish both.

To help you find the right toner for your skin type and budget, here are the recommendations by Daily Vanity of the best toners that work for combination skin types.

Best toners for combination skin from S$10 to S$30

Best toners for combination skin from S$30 to S$50

Best toners for combination skin from S$50 to S$400