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.
One of the front-runners in luxury toners, Fresh’s Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner ($60) is pricey with good reason: with a lineup featuring rosewater, antioxidant-heavy black tea and lychee seed, ultra-calming oats and known powerhouse hyaluronic acid, this tone seems to tick off every single check box on the list. Calming, hydrating and–most importantly–brightening as well due to its use of vitamin-rich Japanese mandarin, this product from Fresh’s Black Tea line is excellent at delivering multiple-benefits without inflaming the skin or overloading it. (If you’re looking for something else from Fresh that does the trick, our editor swears by the Fresh Rose Floral Toner.)