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.
Lancôme’s Tonique Confort ($36) admittedly comes in the prettiest bottle of the lot, but that’s not the reason it’s on this list–well, it’s not only one, anyway. It’s blend of honey with sweet almond extract makes this a much richer toner than the others, and a godsend when the dreaded wind chills come into effect. Given its luxurious texture, the sweet-smelling emulsion is also perfect for 10-minute pick-me-ups: just douse some cotton rounds in some Tonique and lie down with them placed atop your eyelids for a little while.