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 Dr. Oracle A-Thera Toner is a refreshing option that hydrates and calms skin with bamboo and green tea extract. It also contains Centella to calm inflammation, and it’s a no-fuss toner for acne-prone skin.
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 COSRX Galactomyces Alcohol-Free Toner. With 10% Galactomyces ferment filtrate, this toner helps even out complexion and refine skin texture, and it also contains sodium hyaluronate to hydrate skin. It comes in a convenient spray bottle, so you can use it as a mist any time of day.
Another great option is the Banila Co Dear Hydration Toner, which contains mint and basil extract to calm skin affected by pollution. Added to this are bamboo and lotus extract to impart hydration and a supple finish to the skin. Sweeping it across your face with a cotton pad helps, but you can also pat it directly into your skin for an extra-hydrating touch.
Sensitive skin needs extra-special treatment and the purer the ingredient list, the better. That’s why the Missha Near Skin Simple Therapy Toner Mist is an ideal option for sensitive skin types. With only nine ingredients, including calming dill extract, this fragrance-free spray is the ideal soothing spritz for irritated skin. Because it comes in the form of a mist, you can easily take it on-the-go and use throughout the day to relieve dryness.
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 Son & Park Beauty Water uses papaya extract to gently remove dead skin cells and debris after double-cleansing. It also contains lavender water, rosewater, and orange fruit extract to soothe skin and leave it soft to the touch, ready to absorb the next steps of your regimen. This product is so versatile, you can use it five different ways!
*This article has been updated on March 1, 2018.
Check out how to apply toner based on your skin type here!