There are a lot of misconceptions about toners, one being that they don’t do much at all. But skipping this key step could mean the rest of your routine isn’t as effective as it could be. Here is the best Korean toner for your skin type.
Toners not only work to remove residue left behind from cleansing, but they help to restore your skin’s natural pH balance and soothe any irritation. Swiping these formulas over your skin with a cotton pad helps to prep your complexion to better absorb the next step, essence, and ultimately work to boost the efficacy of your routine overall. If you’re in the market for a new Korean toner, read on to learn which one is the best buy for your skin type.
Oily skin needs ingredients that not only work to control oil production, but to balance the skin and provide light hydration as well. The Missha Super Aqua Pore-Kling Toner is a refreshing option that works to remove dead skin cells and reduce excess oil production, while hydrating with apple fruit water for a complexion that looks lightly hydrated and brightened.
Dry skin needs a toner that won’t strip it of its natural oils. Look for gentle formulas that also feature hydrating ingredients, like the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner. With collagen and Baobab water infused into the formula, this toner gently sweeps away cleansing debris while imparting a supple finish to the skin. Sweeping it across your face with a cotton pad helps, but try patting it directly into your skin with your fingertips for an extra-hydrating touch.
Sensitive skin needs extra-special treatment and the purer the ingredient list, the better. That’s why the RE:P Organic Cotton Treatment Toning Pad is an ideal option for sensitive skin types. It’s free of mineral oil, sorbic acid, propylene glycol, surfactants and parabens and instead has soothing calendula and Damask rose essence to refresh and hydrate the skin after cleansing. They’re also pre-soaked, which means you can toss the jar in your bag for a boost of freshness on the go—perfect for after the gym.
Alternatively, if a mist is more your thing, the Missha Near Skin Simple Therapy Mist is the perfect solution for sensitive skin. With only nine ingredients, including calming dill extract, this fragrance-free spray is the ideal soothing spritz for irritated skin.
If you have no major skin concerns, it’s best to keep your toner as simple as possible. Neogen Real Flower Cleansing Water Rose is similar to a micellar water, gently clinging to dirt after cleansing and sweeping it away, without disturbing your skin’s natural oils. With rose petals infused into the formula, it’s soothing and lighting hydrating with a fresh, natural fragrance that will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated, just as any great skin care routine should.
If you’re prone to breakouts and have an oily T-zone, but also experience dry patches, you need a toner that’s going to gently encourage cell turnover without drying you out. The Missha Time Revolution Clear Toner has a mild dose of both AHA and BHA exfoliators to remove dead skin cells and debris after double-cleansing, and herbal extracts that soothe and leave the skin soft to the touch and ready to absorb the next steps of your regimen.
Check out how to apply toner based on your skin type here!