Thayers Milky Cleanser And Milky Toner Review

I have oily skin and for years I thought that oily skin didn't need moisture. That the products used on it should dry it out to get rid of the oil and no hydrating products should be used on my skin.

It took me years to learn the opposite is true. Oily skin needs moisture, and by starving my skin of moisture, I was making it more oily.

the thayers milky toner and cleanser sitting on a white background with cotton balls.
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So when I was gifted by Thayers their Hydrating Milky Cleanser and Hydrating Milky Toner I was not afraid to use either one of them on my oily skin. In fact, I was happy to use them because I got them in the middle of winter right before a really cold spell that could have caused parts of my skin to dry out.

While I was gifted these products I'm going to share my own personal experience with them, let you know whether or not I liked them, and whether I think they are worth the buy.

I feel that both products are meant to be used together as they are both formulated with snow mushroom and hyaluronic acid humectants which are the key ingredients.

According to Thayer's website snow mushroom is "an ancient plant ingredient that acts like a powerful humectant. Molecularly similar to Hyaluronic Acid, but with a smaller particle size that can more easily penetrate the skin’s surface."

Also on Thayer's website is the purpose of the hyaluronic acid in the products. It's "a humectant molecule that draws water into the skin, penetrating the epidermis, to hydrate the skin and give a dewy and plump appearance."

Thayers Hydrating Milky Cleanser 

Let's first talk about the Hydrating Milky Cleanser since it's supposed to be used before the toner. The Hydrating Milky Cleanser claims to
  • Cushion as it cleanses while removing makeup and impurities
  • Make skin feel immediately hydrated and soothed
  • Make skin texture smoother after only one use

This cleanser is really milky or creamy and it doesn't foam up much. I like the way it feels on my skin, it's soft, gentle, and non-drying. I would say that the claim about making the skin feel immediately hydrated and soothed is true. I use some good facial cleansers that don't dry out my skin but my skin doesn't feel as hydrated when I use the Thayers cleanser.

I use the Milky cleanser mostly in the morning when I wash my face. The reason is I don't find it does a good job of completely getting my makeup off at the end of the day. I tried it a few times and always ended up with some makeup residue still on my face.

Thayers Hydrating Milky Toner

Now let's talk about the Hydrating Milky Toner which claims to
  • Provide 48 hours of hydration in a toner even without a moisturizer
  • Strengthen moisture barrier

This toner has a consistency that is different than any other toner I've used. All other toners have had a liquid consistency. The Thayers Milky Toner has more of a serum type of consistency. Despite the different consistency I use a cotton ball to apply the toner. I've seen videos of some applying it like a serum. Not sure why I never tried applying it that way. I guess it felt too odd to me.

I've used the Thayers Milky toner right after using the Milky cleanser in the morning and my cream cleanser at night. It works well with both so it doesn't only have to be used after the Milky cleanser.

Final thoughts

I really like both products. They were perfect for my skin in the wintertime when the weather was cold and really dry. I thought they might be too much when the weather started warming up and was starting to feel more summer-like. I was wrong, my skin still felt hydrated but not overly hydrated.

I didn't notice my skin producing any more oil than usual, so I can say the Thayers Milky Cleanser and Milky Toner can be used on oily skin without making it more oily.

These products are only available for sale at Target. Based on past experience I’m not usually a fan of products that can only be bought in one place. When I’ve used products with limited distribution in the past I would run into situations where I needed to replenish and the product wasn’t available or shipping was delayed.

Thankfully, the Target right down the road from me sells both which is good because I would actually buy these myself specifically for use in the winter and cold climates.


  1. Hello! I have acne prone skin and combination skin. Do you think if I use the cleanser it will cause a breakout or should I be safe?

    1. I'm not a dermatologist so I can't say. When there are skin products I'm concerned could irritate my skin I do a patch test.


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