If you haven’t used a toner since the late 90s, you might be mistaken for thinking that all toners are the same – pain-inducing, stripping, alcoholic and harsh on the face.
The good news is that things have moved on since then, especially in the case of Korean Beauty.
Toners actually serve a very important function in your skincare routine, because they are supposed to work together with your face wash.
Facial cleansers are designed to be slightly more alkaline than your skin so they can remove oil from your face. However, this means that when cleansing, your skin’s optimal pH balance (between 4.5-6.5) will be thrown slightly off balance.
Maintaining the optimal pH balance in your skin is good for it because it lets it perform its regular functions – namely, keeping moisture in and bacteria out. The correct pH is also important in helping to prevent acne, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
This is where toners come in handy: A good toner is designed to restore your skin’s pH balance to its optimal level. This pushes the re-set button on your skin.
Unlike many western toners, which act as another step in cleansing, Korean toners press reset on your skin. They prepare it to receive and absorb whatever products you apply next. If you don’t tone, your moisturiser may sit on top of your skin and not actually be absorbed. At best, this robs your skin of essential nutrients and wastes moisturiser. At worst, it may even clog your pores, leading to blackheads, millia and blemishes.
“Fine”, we hear you say. “You’ve convinced me”. But what toner should I be using?!
For acne prone skin, we love Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence. With a whopping 90% of star beauty ingredient snail mucin, along with bee venom it helps repair acne, skin tone and scarring.
For irritated skin, try Soroci Repair Skin Softener. This gentle all-in-one product tones, repairs and hydrates, making it perfect for condensing your skincare routine.
For dry skin, we can’t go passed UNIK Vitamin Hyaluronic Acid Vitalizing Toner. This revitalizing toner contains Hyaluronic Acid (45%) and Seabuckthorn Extract (5%). It offers deep hydration while nourishing and soothing dry, rough and sensitive skin.
For dull or pigmented skin, we love COSRX Galactomyces Alcohol Free Toner. The star ingredient calms, nourishes and exfoliates skin, which helps to transform dull skin and make it glow!
For sensitive skin, we recommend PACKage Woljeongli Bada Toner. Jam-packed with 5 types of hyaluronic acid, it is the ultimate moisture bomb with zero fragrances, mineral oils, parabens, alcohol or other nasties.
Many Aussies are still stuck in the habit of skipping toner; but this is a mistake.
Toner is arguably the most important step in your skincare routine because it re-sets your pH balance. This preps your skin to receive the next step in skincare.
If you haven’t been using a toner for a while, you’ll find it makes a massive difference to your skin’s texture and smoothness in the long run.
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