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The Best Acid Toners To Boost Your Radiance

BY Victoria Hall

Toners are usually one of the first products that get culled when you're in the process of Marie Kondo-ing your routine. Acid toners, or exfoliating treatments as they're also called, are a step apart from your run-of-the-mill formulas though. Incorporating the plumping, smoothing and refining powers of the likes of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids, you won't regret adding one of these liquid powerhouses into your evening routine…

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Medik8

Press & Glow Daily Exfoliating PHA Tonic with Enzyme Activator, £25.00

Best For Smoothing Dry Skin
Whether you have naturally dry skin or the combination of cold weather and central heating has taken its toll, this gentle exfoliating treatment will smooth out roughness in what feels like seconds. The clever balance of gluconolactone (a gentle polyhydroxy acid) ensures your skin is exfoliated and hydrated, so you don’t have to fret about exacerbating the dryness.

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Kiehl's

Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner, £52.00

Best For Sensitive Skin Types
If you’re apprehensive about using acid-based products full stop, this gentle formula is the best place to start. While there is salicylic acid to tackle pores and lactic acid (one of the gentlest AHAs) to slough away dead skin, there’s also almond milk and glycerine to soothe and calm. Introduce it into your routine twice a week in the evening and follow up with a nourishing moisturising – we love Kate Somerville’s DeliKate range.

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Paula's Choice

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £28.00

Best For Minimising Breakouts
From hormonal breakouts to stubborn blackheads, this salicylic acid infused treatment gives pores a deep clean and rebalances oiliness. While it won’t eradiate a blemish instantly, it will set you off on a path to clearer, smoother skin moving forwards. We’ve been using it on the skin under and where our mask touches our face to help ease maskne.

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Summer Fridays

Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution, £49.00

Best For Erasing Fine Lines
Acid toners aren’t just for buffing away dead skin; they’re also helpful in the plumping and firming departments. This particular formula is packed full of glycolic acid, which not only exfoliates but also supercharges your collagen production. With hyaluronic acid in the mix too, this toner leaves you with plumper, smoother, brighter looking skin.

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Ren Clean Skincare

Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic, £6.00

Best For A Daily Top-Up
This is one of those formulas that has firmly sealed its place in the beauty hall of fame. The skin-smoothing, glow-getting results are noticeable after just a few days use.

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Posted: Thursday, 19 November 2020
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