When it comes to skincare, the goal is to ensure the oil and hydration levels in your skin is balanced, and the way to do that is to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised. If there’s one product that can keep your skin supple and hydrated, it’s toner. Toner is an underrated yet multipurpose product that can target various skin concerns that go beyond acne and oiliness. Many tend to skip toners but trust us on this, adding that one extra step in your skincare routine can make a real and visible difference in the moisture levels of the skin. To help you pick the best toner for yourself, Beauty Insider Malaysia has gathered a list of the 18 best toners in Malaysia. 

The Best Toners in Malaysia

1. L’Oréal Paris Glycolic 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner

Inspired by professional peeling procedures, L’Oréal Paris Glycolic 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner has taken the beauty community by storm. Its high-performance formula leverages the benefits of a 5% glycolic acid concentration, which is the gold standard for professional peels, to deliver smooth, radiant skin in just 30 seconds. Featuring glycolic acid as its key ingredient, it boasts the smallest molecular size among alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). This allows it to deeply penetrate every layer of the skin, providing instant results. 

Beyond preparing the skin, it is exquisitely crafted to address dull complexion concerns, including evening out the skin tone, boosting radiance, minimising dark spots and imperfections. To experience visible improvements in your overall complexion, simply use the toner after cleansing, followed by your favourite skincare products.

Why we love it:

  • Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin
  • Smoothens rough skin texture
  • Provides brightening effects in just 30 seconds
  • Supports skin cell regeneration 

Price: RM59.90 – RM89.90

Where to buy: Shopee

2. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner

One of the best-selling toners in Malaysia, the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is alcohol-free, gentle and super lightweight. Formulated with gentle rose fruit extract, rosewater and rose flower oil, this toner can soothe and nourish your skin, while the hyaluronic acid also does some heavy hydration lifting. A great toner for both day and night, you’re definitely going to want to add this to your skincare routine.

Why we love it:

  • Contains actual rose petals
  • Refines the appearance of pores 
  • Softens the skin

Price: RM205.00

Where to buy: Sephora MY

3. Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

Touted as one of the best toners by beauty junkies, Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner features minimal ingredients without unnecessary chemicals to deliver optimal results. It boasts a concoction of only seven ingredients, including astragalus root water, which is used to substitute purified water. Apart from its impeccable absorption power with deep hydration, this wonder toner is rich in antioxidants, which enhance the skin’s elasticity for a firmer looking complexion. This highly coveted toner delivers an essence-like texture that easily absorbs into the skin without leaving any greasy residue.

Why we love it:

  • Zero irritation
  • Improves skin firmness
  • Fragrance-free and paraben-free

Price: RM49

Where to buy: Shopee

4. Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Essence Toner (Combination-Oily Skin)

It’s a total myth that people who have oily skin should skip toner. In fact, using toners can help rebalance your skin to make it less oily! The Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Essence Toner is formulated specifically for those who have combination or oily skin, and it can really help to adjust the oil-moisture balance to keep your skin supple without feeling greasy. This lightweight toner can instantly hydrate your skin and remove the flakiness, leaving your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

Why we love it:

  • Intensively hydrating
  • Smoothens skin texture
  • Specifically formulated for oily and combination skin

Price: RM135.00

Where to buy: Laneige MY

5. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Solution

Relatively cheaper compared to other toners in Malaysia, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Solution is a total steal. It comes in a jumbo, 240 mL size bottle which can last you for months! Thanks to its glycolic acid formula, this toner offers mild exfoliation that can improve skin radiance and give visible clarity. .Not to mention, it can also remove dead skin cells, making your skin feel smoother than ever. However due to the AHA, remember to use sun protection, or only use it at night.

Why we love it:

  • Reduces irritation 
  • Offers mild exfoliation 
  • Improves skin radiance and clarity

* This toner is not suitable for sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. 

Price: RM85.00

Where to buy: Threebs

6. PHYTOMER ROSÉE VISAGE Toning Cleansing Lotion

PHYTOMER ROSÉE VISAGE Toning Cleansing Lotion

The PHYTOMER ROSÉE VISAGE Toning Cleansing Lotion is an all-in-one toner and makeup remover that is effective, pleasant, and quick to use. Aside from that, it is also very gentle, and tones and removes makeup without leaving an oily film, leaving your skin feeling clean and soft. Comfortable for your skin, it received 100% satisfaction from a test on 45 women after 21 days of twice daily use. It is also our Beauty Awards Winner for Best Professional Skincare, Best Toner and Editors’ Choice 2022.

Why we love it:

  • Leaves your skin feeling velvety soft
  • Very gentle formula
  • 100% satisfaction

Price: RM190.00

Where to buy: Phytomer

7. Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Water EX Toner

Despite being on the pricier end of the spectrum, this gel-type toner by Sulwahsoo is worth every penny. It can soothe and hydrate your skin, leaving it soft and supple. Infused with matrimony vine and purslane, it can ensure long-lasting hydration and moisture for your skin. It absorbs quickly without leaving any excess residue.

Why we love it:

  • Deeply hydrates the skin
  • Leave skin hydrated and supple
  • Provides long-lasting moisturisation

Price: RM225.00

Where to buy: Shopee

8. Clarins Hydrating Toning Lotion

One of the most popular toners in Malaysia, this Clarins toner is super soothing and hydrating on the skin. Packed with skin-comforting ingredients like linden, sweet almond, marshmallow and mango, this toner will leave your skin moist, toned, and clarified. With a texture closer to lotion, it feels light and perfectly refreshing on the skin. 

Why we love it:

  • Suitable for dry or sensitive skin
  • Softens and soothes the skin
  • Alcohol-free

Price: RM125.00

Where to buy: Clarins

9. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner

One of the most affordable toners in Malaysia, the Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner is certainly one you shouldn’t miss. It’s specially formulated to provide that clean, refreshing feeling without the harsh, drying effects of alcohol. It is suitable for those with even sensitive skin as it will not strip your skin or lead to additional reactions.

Why we love it:

  • Isn’t harsh or drying 
  • Gently remove impurities 
  • Affordable

Price: RM21.90

Where to buy: Guardian

10. Caudalie Vinopure Clear Skin Purifying Toner

This pore-diminishing toner is powered by natural salicylic acid which can control oil and prevent breakouts. It’s also oil-soluble, which allows the toner to deeply penetrate through your pores, and target stubborn skin concerns. Plus, the grape water and rosewater soothe irritation and enhance your skin’s natural glow while also preventing blackheads.

Why we love it:

  • Best for oily to combination skin 
  • Fragrance-free
  • Soothes irritation 

Price: RM115.00

Where to buy: Sephora MY

11. ONE THING Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate 

ONE THING is known for featuring only one star ingredient in their products, and in this case, it’s galactomyces ferment filtrate. It’s a natural ferment that can improve the appearance of wrinkles and manage signs of ageing, thanks to its moisturising and antioxidant properties. A simple product that’s perfect for those with sensitive or combination skin, you can rest in the fact that this toner doesn’t carry any harsh chemicals or complicated ingredients that may disturb your skin’s natural barrier.

Why we love it:

  • Improves appearance of wrinkles
  • Hydrates and moisturises the skin
  • Free from paraben, additives, and fragrance

Price: RM98.00

Where to buy: Threebs

12. AHC Hyaluronic Toner 

Packed with hyaluronic acid, the AHC Hyaluronic Toner has a powerful moisture-binding ability. It can attract moisture from the surroundings and retain it in the skin. Though this toner is recommended for oily skin types, other skin types can definitely benefit from it too. Moreover, it can also keep product residues from building up, making your skin clear and glowy from within.

Why we love it:

  • Contains a botanical blend of lavender, chamomile and freesia 
  • Smooths out skin texture
  • Non-sticky 

Price: RM42.00

Where to buy: Shopee

13. Mamonde Rose Water Toner

One of our favourite toners in Malaysia, the Mamonde Rose Water Toner. Made with 90.97% Bulgarian damask rosewater, this Korean toner is incredibly soothing and hydrating on the skin. It can deeply cleanse the skin while cleaning away dirt and dead skin cells. The best thing about this product is it’s formulated without any synthetic pigments, animal oils or mineral oils, making this ideal even for those with sensitive skin. 

Why we love it:

  • Made with rosa damascena flower water (90.97%)
  • Exfoliates, cleanses, and soothes the skin
  • Made without synthetic pigments, animal products and mineral oils

Price: RM48.00

Where to buy: Shopee

14. Simple Soothing Toner

Simple Soothing Toner

Infused with Pro-Vitamin B5, chamomile, witch hazel and allantoin, this soothing toner from Simple is ideal for those with sensitive skin. It helps to remove any residual dirt or makeup that your cleanser might have missed, leaving behind a clean canvas. Products that will follow will easily be absorbed – layer your serum before moisturizer or apply only moisturizer afterwards.

Why we love it:

  • Contains no artificial fragrances, colours, and harsh chemicals
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight and hydrating toner

Price: RM18.88

Where to buy: Guardian

15. HADA LABO Hydrating Lotion

HADA LABO Hydrating Lotion Toner

This hydrating toner from HADA LABO has been selling like hotcakes in Japan, which garnered popularity worldwide – including Malaysia! It’s an essence type of toner packed with four types of hyaluronic acid to let the skin easily absorb, retain moisture, and replenish water loss. It also promotes the hydration levels in your skin, keeping the skin bouncy and soft.

Why we love it:

  • Contains ceramides to strengthen the skin barrier
  • Helps protect the skin from environmental aggressors
  • Smoothens rough skin

Price: RM55.50

Where to buy: Watsons

16. Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner

Hydrate the skin while combatting acne! Formulated with salicylic acid and aloe vera, it’s a gentle toner that addresses troubled skin. The 0.5% BHA mildly exfoliates the skin to remove dead skin cells and prevent blackheads, keeping your skin clear and free from acne. This Korean toner from Benton will effectively clear and soothe the skin without stinging.

Why we love it:

  • Gently exfoliates the skin
  • Contains sodium hylyronate and vegetable glycerin to moisturise the skin
  • Contains aloe barbadensis instead of water

Price: RM35.00

Where to buy: Shopee

17. Avene Gentle Toning Lotion

Avene Gentle Toning Lotion

Using Avene’s signature Thermal Spring Water, their toning lotion is packed with hydrating and comforting benefits on the skin. It helps to remove any excess makeup that you might have missed, and the natural silicates help protect the skin all day. It’s gentle enough to be used by all skin types, especially for extremely dry or sensitive skin types. You can also easily layer this more than once if you need an extra burst of hydration.

Why we love it:

  • Alcohol-free formula
  • Ideal for daily use
  • Lightweight and absorbs fast

Price: RM89.00

Where to buy: Watsons

18. Alia Tea Tree Toner

If you have acne-prone skin, this is the toner for you. Formulated with tea tree oil, this affordable toner can help to clear away impurities and control sebum, leaving your skin clearer and ready for the next product. Other than that, this powerful toner also contains Jeju green tea which soothes your skin, as well as black seed, which is an antioxidant that can help to protect the skin cells and improve skin texture.

Why we love it:

  • Controls acne and reduces blemishes
  • Brightens up the skin
  • Dermatologically-tested

Price: RM16.90

Where to buy: Watsons

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