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.
The toner of all toners, Pixi’s Glow Tonic ($29) is a glycolic acid-infused miracle worker. There’s a reason most beauty buffs swear by this budget-friendly toner and it’s got everything to do with the natural glow that it creates on your complexion thanks to the five per cent glycolic acid that provides a light chemical exfoliation to cleanse and purify skin. The best part? After a long few Target-free years, Pixi Beauty is going to be available at Shoppers Drug Mart starting in January 2017, which means our editor can stop hoarding bottles whenever she crosses the border.