Toner or hydrolate? How to choose a toner or hydrolate for your skin?

Toner or hydrolate

Toners and hydrolates are not only essential for restoring the right pH level of the skin, but they are also a great addition to the skincare routine. What is the difference between a toner and a hydrolate? Which products are suitable for your skin type?

Why do we need a toner? Toner and hydrolate – differences

For a well-cared-for and healthy complexion, we need to keep an eye out on our skin’s natural, slightly acidic pH, which is around 4.5-5.5. This pH increases when we cleanse our skin, especially with soap (it can be as high as 9!). The more alkaline the product is and the more often we use it, the more the skin is exposed to disturbances of the microbiome and the hydrolipidic layer of the skin. An alkaline environment is a good breeding ground for bacteria and we should avoid it.


Toners and hydrolats restore the skin’s pH. What is the difference between a toner and a hydrolate? Toner is a ready-made, usually at least several-ingredient product to tone the skin. Hydrolate is a natural floral water, which is a by-product of distillation of essential oils. Such water contains many substances valuable to the skin and traces of essential oils, it also has a low pH, and therefore it helps balance the pH of the skin. Hydrolats can also be one of the ingredients of a ready-made toner. Note: Toners and hydrolats are not suitable for cleansing the skin!

How to choose the right toner or hydrolate for your skin?

Resibo Tonik

Various additives are often added to toners, which determine its effect. A great example here is the Toner Moisturising Essence from Resibo: the composition contains, among others, rhubarb root extract, hyaluronic acid and pumpkin seed oil, which moisturise the skin, and makes this product excellent for dry and dehydrated skin. Resibo toner also contains two natural hydrolats: from damask rose and orange flower.

Another interesting product is the Natural Self-Tanning Toner Have Some Tan! by Resibo – it contains dihydroxyacetone, which will give your skin an even tan. The addition of sodium hyaluronate, vegetable glycerine and mallow extract will moisturise the complexion, while field poppy and turmeric extracts will take care of anti-ageing and regenerating effects. This toner has a herbal and floral scent which makes it pleasant to use.

Which hydrolat for which skin type?

When it comes to natural hydrolats, the choice is really big. Each hydrolate has different effects – one increases skin’s hydration, another inhibits development of acne bacteria, yet another strengthens blood vessels.

If we feel that our complexion is dry and tight after cleansing, it is worth reaching for the Damask Rose Hydrolate or Elderberry Hydrolate from the Mydlarnia Cztery Szpaki – these flower waters will eliminate the feeling of dryness. These two hydrolats additionally brighten discolourations!

People with sensitive and vascular skin or with rosacea will be pleased with the action of St. John’s Wort Hydrolate from Mydarnia Cztery Szpaki. This product speeds up healing of the wounds and effectively deals with redness and irritation.

Hydrolats that are excellent at dealing with bacteria include Lavender Flower Hydrolate, which in addition regulate the secretion of sebum by the skin, and Calendula Hydrolate, which has a strong cleansing and anti-inflammatory effect. Both products come from Mydlarnia Cztery Szpaki.

For mature skin we recommend SVOJE White Tea Hydrolate – white tea is a unique ingredient, rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals and thus delay the skin’s ageing process. Thanks to them, it also has an anti-inflammatory and regenerative effect. This water also effectively inhibits the formation of discolouration.

If you need help in finding the right product for you, please feel free to contact us!