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Remember the first toner you ever used? Chances are it was full of witch hazel and looooads of alcohol, formulated to banish acne, but taking every last drop of oil along with it. And don’t forget the sting! 


It’s understandable if these early experiences put you off toners. Thankfully, in 2020, toners go way beyond just treating acne. Thanks to K-Beauty’s goal of hydrated skin, toners from Korea address a wide range of skin concerns without stripping your skin of much-needed oils.


 These are the best Korean Beauty toners in 2020!  



Toner-curious and looking to up your skincare game? Or longtime toner aficionado wanting to mix things up a bit? No matter who you are, there’s a K-Beauty toner that’s perfect for you! Try:


Blemish Prone 

If you’re looking to fight pimples or take care of the red marks they leaves behind, there are K-Beauty toner solutions that can help without drying out your skin. For a paraben or fragrance-free option, Mizon Snail Repair Toner is a lightweight toner packed with 30% snail mucin to restore balance and keep skin soft and supple.  



Wanting to reduce the steps in your skincare routine? Soroci Skin Repair Softener acts as both a toner and moisturiser, improving your skin’s texture with additional brightening and anti-ageing effects. It is ideal for even the most sensitive of skin types. For an all-in-one toning solution, Laneige Cream Skin Refiner is a skin perfecting toning cream, feeling deeply moisturising on application yet lightweight enough to use day and night.


Using a toner doesn’t mean having to deal with dry skin. With a whopping 45% of hyaluronic acid, iUNIK Hyaluronic Toner is an intensely hydrating toner that locks in moisture.

Red, Irritated Skin

Scared off toners because they irritate your skin? You won’t have to worry about that with Dr Ceuracle Purifine Toner and its potent concentration of 70% Tea Tree extract and AHA  fruit complex to soothe and hydrate sensitive, irritated and troubled skin.



If you’re used to water-based toners, Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is a game changer. Containing no water (or fragrance, dye and other irritants), this toner uses milk vecht root extract, full of skin-beneficial betaine and minerals. Feeling like gel on application, this toner has great anti-inflammatory and nutrient boosting properties to hydrate and strengthen skin.



If fine lines and pigmentation have started to make their appearance, then d’Alba Piedmont’s luxurious Peptide No Sebum Balancing Toner offers a decadent treat for the skin that combines luxurious white truffle with pearl, niacinamide and more. It has a lightweight consistency that keeps sebum and moisture levels in check.



In the last few years, K-Beauty developed a more diverse offering to include vegan and cruelty-free options. We love vegan products like Beauty of Joseon Pure Cloud Bubble Toner, which acts as a skin booster and is a great primer for makeup and additional skincare.

For city-dwellers or those who spend a lot of time in urban environments, Commleaf Skin Relief Toner was made with protection from pollution in mind. Containing some of the greatest hits of Korean skincare such as Centella Asiatica, green tea, jasmine and more – this toner is perfect for skin that’s exposed to the elements.


What are the best Korean Beauty toners you’ve discovered? Drop them in the comments section below!


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