The following post was originally featured on The RAEviewer  and written by Rae L  who is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty .
I love toners. Some women think toner is an unnecessary step, but it has always made a world of difference for my skin's condition. Many cleansers leave my skin feeling parched and others leave traces of makeup behind, so toners have become an essential step in my skin care routine. Toning lotions rebalance the pH levels and prep my skin for treatments. Note: just keep in mind that toners must be applied with cotton pads to properly remove makeup residue and gently lift away dull or dead skin cells. Now check out the breakdown of my favorite three toners below!
Equitance Brightening Toning Lotion
Since there are countless toners on the market, I do get asked which are worth the splurge. I use the SK-II and La Mer when my skin's condition requires them, but I have been most impressed with the new Equitance Brightening Toning Lotion. I love the overnight bag-friendly plastic bottle and the soothing formula.
The Equitance Brightening Toning Lotion  ($50) is what I currently reach for both day and night. This refreshing formula balances and restores my skin after cleansing, making it perfect for dehydrated and sensitive skin. It also helps to smooth and repair flaky patches around my nose. No other product makes my skin look or feel quite as soft, which is why I often reach for the Toning Lotion after a drying clay mask or an irritating blackhead extraction! Most importantly, this toner better prepares my skin to absorb and improve the efficacy of the serums and creams I apply thereafter, so I never skip this step. The Equitance Brightening Toning Lotion is suitable for all skin types, but it's a must have for achieving plump and brightened skin!
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
I have used the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion  ($70) on and off for a span of four years. This alcohol-free formula is ideal for all skin types, especially problematic skin. I use this most often when I am experiencing hormonal acne because it reduces the size of my blemishes and helps to prevent scarring. The Clear Lotion will gently purify and exfoliate your skin without causing any burning or stinging sensations.
La Mer Oil Absorbing Tonic
The La Mer Oil Absorbing Tonic  ($80) is the newest addition to my skin care favorites lineup, and it's a lovely toner for normal to oily skin. I'm not a fan of the shimmer or the scent, but the formula does effectively keep my T-zone free of shine without drying out the rest of my face. I adore the sleek new packaging, and this updated biphasic formula now includes the signature La Mer Miracle Broth.