Lots of people still (mistakenly) think that toners are unnecessary frou-frou, but they're especially vital when it comes to the colder months. Enjoying your winter skincare routine is similar to enjoying your winter evening walks--it's all about the layers. Toners prep your skin for the layers of moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup that are yet to come, and finding a refreshing, inoffensive and yet moisturizing candidate is often the key to keeping sensitive skin satisfied. Splashes of water and witch hazel are simply not enough; the toners that keep skin supple are the ones that focus on nourishing more than simply refreshing.
Caudalie’s Grape Water ($24) does smell rather rustic at first, but once the slightly sharp scent of young grapes vanishes, the toner itself is fairly impressive. Chock-full of polysaccharides and potassium–both excellent at perking up the face and resetting the moisture barrier–this product is also 100 per cent organic, making it excellent at blending in to your routine without setting off the skin.