The beauty spot: modern toners

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Grime buster: Origins’ United State Balancing Tonic sweeps the debris away.

Whatever happened to toner – the tingly watery stuff we used to dab on our faces? I rediscovered an old bottle recently. It got me going. “Toner!” I said (I’m not in the habit of anthropomorphising potions in my bathroom cabinet). “I had forgotten you, what with serum and BB cream.” And so I found Origins’ United State Balancing Tonic (17, origins.co.uk) to sweep away pore-clogging debris and rebalance dry or oily areas. I pressed it on and remembered that satisfying moment toner brings: the cotton wool ball with the grime your cleanser missed. But toner has moved on, too. These days there are mists and pump-action formulas that tighten and lift. Perricone MD’s Firming Facial Toner (35, perriconemd.co.uk) smells like spas and is perfect for mature skin.

Alternatively…

Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Cleansing Toner 3.36, nivea.co.uk Sisley Botanical Floral Toning Lotion 64, 020 7591 6380 Crystal Clear Revitalising Tonic 20, 08705 934934 Lancme Tonique Douceur 21, lancome.co.uk

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The beauty spot: modern toners

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