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Eight of the best toners for problems with oily skin

By Zoe Galloway

Add a grease-busting but hydrating facial tonic to your daily beauty regime.

1. Dr Hauschka Clarifying Toner, 100ml: £24.50, Feel Unique

Dr Hauschka has created an oil-free, calming toner that claims to regulate oil production and tighten pores, which we think really works. Use morning and night by spraying over skin and rubbing in with clean fingers, or use a cotton pad if you'd prefer. After use, we noticed our skin looked fresh and there was less oily residue across the forehead. The plant ingredients of anthyllis, calendular and nasturtium also give it a subtle herbal fragrance.

2. Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner with Saw Palmetto and Mint, 150ml: £16.50, Debenhams, House of Fraser

Origins' Zero Oil collection is a great option for those who suffer from extremely oily skin. You can complete your full skincare regime (cleanse, tone and moisturise) with Zero Oil products and we especially like the toner. After cleansing, use a cotton pad to apply this product across your face. The Saw Palmetto plant ingredient has antiseptic properties and is effective at controlling oil production. We noticed less shine and the slightly minty smell wakes you up in the morning.

3. La Roche-Posay Seroznic Spray, 150ml: £5.65, Feel Unique

Our favourite for on the go, this spray is designed to combat oily skin by reducing shine and a greasy appearance. Simply shut your eyes, spray over your face and after a few minutes pat off any excess. You'll soon feel fresh and oil-free. It's an affordable price too.

4. Green People Toning Hydrating Mist, 100ml: £15, Green People

The Green People works to create organic, natural skincare products, so you know what you're putting on your face will be truly beneficial. The combination of organic aloe vera, orange blossom, rose water and marshmallow give this toner a fruity scent. After cleansing apply with a cotton pad, or you can spray whenever you need during the day onto your face neck or body, making it ideal for long plane journeys too.

5. Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-free Toner: £34.50. Kiehl's

This alcohol-free toner from Kiehl's is ideal for oily or problem-prone skin. Made with calendula petals - visible at the bottom of the bottle - it works to soothe your skin. Apply to problem areas with a cotton pad and after a few days you'll start to notice your skin feeling softer and smoother. Use with the matching cleanser for best results.

6. Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, 200ml: £14.50, Boots

This Instant Boost Skin Tonic smells floral, with ingredients like aloe vera, cucumber, geranium and chamomile creating the scent. They also work to soothe the skin and leave it looking revitalised, which we felt it did. Although not specifically designed for oily skin, it also did a good job of removing oily residue.

7. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Toner, 200ml: £18, Debenhams

This toner was great for reducing shine but didn't leave our skin feeling too tight either. It also effectively cleared up any last traces of make-up, leaving our skin feeling clean and refreshed. We used with the matching oil-free cleanser and together they make an impressive pair.

8. Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner, 200ml: £22.50, Debenhams

We loved this lavender-smelling toner from Elemis. It claims to help rebalance the pH level of your skin and although we couldn't test that, we did notice our skin felt fresh and looked radiant after use. You can also spritz it across your face during the day if your skin starts to look a little tired. And it's alcohol free, so shouldn't leave your skin feeling too dry either.

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