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What's the Deal with Toners?

What's the Deal with Toners?

We’ve heard a lot of varying skincare routines, and one of the most common step that is often disregarded is toning after cleansing. We’ve got to admit, even as skincare enthusiasts, at least once in our life we’ve doubted the effects of using a toner. Finding the right toner can replenish your skin with moisture and nutrients while doing wonders on your skin.

Your skin is at its most vulnerable state after cleansing—especially if your cleanser is highly alkaline (which results in your skin feeling dry and tight.) When your skin is too alkaline, you are more prone to sensitivity, dullness, and dryness. When your skin is too acidic, you are more prone to oiliness and breakouts. In the case that you are using an alkaline cleanser (pH level above 7), a toner helps reset your skin to its optimal pH level of approximately 5.5. A pH-balanced skin helps resist harmful bacteria keeping your skin radiant. However, thanks to advances in skincare industries, many cleansers nowadays are pH balanced leaving your skin clean, but also soft and supple.

So if your cleanser is already pH balanced, what’s the point of using a toner, right? Unlike many traditional western toners that may not make much of a difference on your skin—or worse—dries out and irritates your skin, Korean toners focus on hydration to strengthen and protect your skin barrier. When applying a hydrating toner after cleansing, you’re not only replenishing your skin with moisture and nutrients, you’re also creating a base to help better absorb the products you apply after. Try applying your essence, serum, or moisturizer after a toner and without a toner. You should notice that after applying a toner, you don’t need to use as much amount of product, and the products you use should sink in and absorb more easily.

Is your skin feeling dehydrated but you don’t have time for a sheet mask? Try a quick DIY “sheet mask” by drenching a few cotton pads with a hydrating toner and leave it on your skin for a minute or two. Just be sure to always use a hydrating toner, and not an astringent toner (high contents of alcohol or witch hazel).

K-pop star and beauty guru Jessica Jung demonstrate the DIY cotton mask method as she shares her skincare routine with Vogue.

A few of our favourite hydrating toners are:

Son & Park Beauty Water

Recently added to my skincare routine 👉 the cult-favorite SON&PARK Beauty Water. This is one of the 2 products I've replaced the Bioderma Sensibio H2O with. For the most part, I just use it as a cleansing water/pre-toner, but I have used it alone as a toner as well. It has a very light scent and is not drying at all. I got this bottle a few months ago in Korea, but Sephora carries it too ($30). . . . . . . . #sonandpark #kbeauty #koreanbeauty #asianbeauty #asianskincare #koreanskincare #beautyblog #bblogger #cosmeticos #beautyaddict #beleza #skincare #cosmetics #instabeauty #sephora #vibrouge #blogueiradebeleza #뷰티스타그램 #데일리 #데일리그램 #인스타데일리 #스킨케어 #일상

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Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Flower Toner


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