Toners: an ultimate guide

Have you ever wondered what a toner is and what it does in your skin routine? Well the wait is over; we will help answer that question.

Toners are water-based formulations charged with acids, antioxidants, and other wonderful ingredients.

They are fast-penetrating potions that delivers a quick hit of hydration and help remove some dead cells off the surface of the skin. The result: plump, smooth and glowing skin.

Simply put, think of your toner as “water” and your skin as a sponge. Ever tried putting dishwashing liquid on a dried sponge? What happens, the dishwashing liquid (in this case, your serums and other products) does not get absorbed and you cannot clean with it. Now if you wet the sponge (your skin), with water (toner), suddenly, the sponge becomes more absorbent and the other products does their job and does it much better more effectively.

Your skin is like a dried-up sponge. Use a toner to make your product work better. Of course, toners also help your skin by removing dead skin cells and impurities as well as prep your skin for makeup application.

Toners - Pixi Rose, Glow Tonic, Retinol

When should you use a toner?

The short answer is "straight after cleansing”, morning and night. You typically will use different toners for day use vs night use as some of them contains acids or retinols which are not suitable for use during the day.

For the best result, you should use a toner no later than a minute after cleansing. Most molecules penetrate the skin better when it is wet, so applying active ingredients immediately after cleansing delivers better results.

After applying your toner, you can proceed with applying your treatment-focused products like serums, moisturisers, SPF, and eye cream.

How should you use a toner?

It depends, most can be used by dispensing onto a cotton pad and gently swipe it around your face. Occasionally there will be some which are better to tap in with your fingers. 

In the section below, we break down which toner to use to suit your needs

Day Toner

Pixi Rose Tonic

This can also be used at night.

Skin types: All (great for sensitive skin)

Best for:
  • Hydration
  • Removing impurities from your skin
  • Soothing your skin and minimising redness


Night Toner

Pixi Glow Tonic

Best for night time use due to the glycolic acid. Wear an SPF during the day if you are using this.

Skin types: All

Best for:

  • Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin and encourages cell turnover, giving you a healthy and radiant look
  • Helps to fade the look of hyperpigmentation and age spots
  • Tightens and firms the look of fine lines
  • eliminating blackheads and clogged products
  • Minimise pores (due to the exfoliation process)

Toners - Pixi Glow Tonic


Pixi Retinol Tonic

Night-time use only due to Retinol. Good Entry product if you want to start using retinols.

Wear an SPF during the day if you are using this.

Skin types: All

Best for:

  • Anti-ageing and wrinkle prevention
  • Keeps the skin tone even
  • Helps with hyperpigmentation
  • Brightens and gives a healthy glow
  • Antioxidants defend the skin
  • Peptides to boost collagen


Thank you for tuning in for our guide to toners. Leave a comment if you have any questions.

Please use the icons below to share this post with your friends on social media and email.

Until next time.

Shop the post

Pixi Rose Tonic

Pixi Rose Tonic

Pixi Retinol Tonic

Pixi Retinol Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

Leave a comment (all fields required)

Comments will be approved before showing up.