Back to beauty school: Should I use a toner?

By Jacqui Loates-Haver

A good-quality toner will help with additional cleansing, hydration, reduce visible pores, and improve overall skin texture. Photo / Getty Images
A good-quality toner will help with additional cleansing, hydration, reduce visible pores, and improve overall skin texture. Photo / Getty Images

In short, yes. They're an oft-forgotten part of a skincare regime, but a good-quality toner will help with additional cleansing, hydration, reduce visible pores, and improve overall skin texture. The paint-stripping horrors of yore have, on the whole, been replaced with formulas that deliver nourishing and soothing benefits - botanicals, vitamins and antioxidants, but it's important to find the right blend of toner for your skin type.

1. Antipodes Ananda Gentle Toner, $40
2. Clarins Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion, $53
3. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner, $40

Top tip: if you ever find yourself caught short in the toner department, then a spritz of old-fashioned rose water does the trick nicely.


Canvas loves

Givenchy Live Irresistible EDT 40ml, $104
Floral and a little fruity, this vivacious fragrance is perfect for spring. It has delectable notes of pear, raspberry and rose over a heart of light wood and amber.




Lambert's Luscious Beard Oil, $25
A groomed beard is a handsome beard, so keep yours looking tip-top with Lambert's essential moisturising oil, which cleanses and nourishes the hair and skin. Available in Natural, Rugged and Buccaneer formulations, but we quite like the Urbane.


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Kylie Bax, Kiwi Living presenter

Kylie Bax, Kiwi Living presenter. Photo / Scott McAulay
Kylie Bax, Kiwi Living presenter. Photo / Scott McAulay

"Devenir Vic Organic Facial Oil Serum is my must-have. Organic and pure, it illuminates the skin and makes me feel alive and fresh. I call it my miracle oil. It's created with such great love and care and the exquisite packaging adds even more luxury to it."

- Canvas

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