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Best Korean Toners

THE NEW SKIN TONER!

When we think of skin toners, many of us have an idea of an astringent that stings and is harsh on your skin. But many facial toners from Korea are a bit different than most and are changing the whole idea of what a toner is.   Instead of drying up your face, it has been formulated to moisturize, cleanse and clarify (yet it still does the same job of removing debris).  A toner is key to cleansing your skin as well as resetting the pH balance of your skin after you use a facial cleanser.  Thank you to the Korean companies for finally creating a toner that soothes instead of agitates!

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST KOREAN TONERS

Pore Size

When it comes to facial toners a great benefit is that it is great for shrinking your pores & tightening cell gaps! Just add a small amount of the toner to the cotton swap, blot and wipe away! Because it will  remove the oil from your skin, you will see a noticable difference with your pores.

pH Balance

When we are using a cleanser we are generally changing the pH balance (which makes our skin oily because our body is over compensating to restore balance).  The pH balance of the type of toner we use for our skin is essential for preventing breakouts, dry/oily skin, tightening and rejuvination!

Moisturize

You never want to use a toner that will dry or irritate your skin but at the same time you don't want anything that will cause your skin to look oily.  Depending on what type of skin type you have, it will determine how much mositure you need in a toner.  

Fragrance

With anything you use on your face you MUST be careful on what goes on it.  When you have a product on your skin all day you don't want to be stuck with something that smells horrible. It's necessary the product you have on is also something that smells great.

THE BEST KOREAN TONERS

Etude House 10-in-1 Wonder Pore Freshner

Pore Shrinkage

Normal-Oily Skin

Medium

None

This toner is made to balance your pH clean and tone your skin.  In addition it is a 10-1 solution with sebum control, tightens your pores, moisturizes, cleanses  and gives elasticity.  For those will oily skin, this is a great product for it does contain contain some alcohol but this those who have dry skin you may want to use a toner that has more moisture. 

This product does remove oil from your skin (while not leaving a residue which is a plus) and helps remove dirt (due to retino, salicylic acid and alcohol) but again to those who have dryer skin if you do this product you may want to use a more moisturing eye cream after the toner.  The Elude House Toner will not automatically decrease the size of your pores, but the longer you use it, it will defintely help shrink your pores.  Unforunately this product does not come sealed (which I found a bit odd due to hygenic reasons) like most toners I have used. 

Skin Food Peach Sake Toner

Pore Shrinkage

Noraml

Medium

Peach

As stated on the box this toner is made to "eliminate shine from enlarged pores and excessive sebum production with the finest sake and peach extracts." Peaches are known to contain Vitamins A and C that decrease free radical damage as well as having anti-aging benefits. It also aids in preventing acne and stops acne. The acid and pectin in peaches also increase the rejuvenation in you skin as well as toning and firming.

An interesting factor about this toner is that it comes from sake (a Japanese wine made from rice), the alcohol from the sake tightens your pores as it controls sebum. Many may not know but sakes are often used in spas in spas for it produces kojic acid and yeast that brighten your skin as well as playing a huge role in collagen production.

The Face Shop- Chia Seed Toner

Pore Shrinkage

Dry/Medium/Oily

Medium

None

This toner is known for its organically grown chia seeds that moisuturize and hydrates your skin.  It contains 100% chia seed water rather than the water usual H2O used in . "Chia seeds carry moisture and the Moisture Hug System adjust the skin into an optimal state to fully retain moisture."

​While making your skin supple and soft, this emulsion aids in showing your natural clear skin.  It is dermotolgist tested and does not contain paraben, tar colorant, animal-source intgredients, mineral oil, talc, paraffin and polarclamide.  

Benton - Aloe BHA Skin Toner

Pore Shrinkage

All Skin Types

Medium

None

​Benton's Aloe Skin Toner is made for all types of skin (which includes sensitive and acne prone skin).  Although most toners use purified water, BHA uses Aloe BHA leaf water that include snail secretion filtrate (which aids in preventing skin damage from stress and irritants). 

This product was also made to absorb into the skin quickly which will brighten as well as moisturize your skin.  The pump on makes it easier to use and is thinner than a serum.  If you are fighting acne and dry skin this is the perfect toner for it is soothing and gentle yet does everything you want in a toner!

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin

Pore Shrinkage

Combination Skin

Medium

Green Tea

This toner is known for nourishing and moisturizing your skin with eco friendly Jeju green tea as well as green tea seeds.  It is free from parabens, synthetic colarants, mineral oil, animal related ingredients and imidazolidinyl urea.

​When applying to our face, it has a water like texture which quickly absorbs into your face and will keep your skin smooth and soft.  the natural ingredients betaine provides amazing moisture for combination skin  and will keep your skin's balance.  

All you have to do is squeeze a couple drops on a cotton ball and spread it generously around your face! * Remember a small amount will go a long way.

The Face Shop -Rice & Ceramide Toner

Pore Shrinkage

Dry/Normal

Medium

N/A

This toner is different than most for it is a "moisture toner."  The consistancey is thicker, richer and gives more moisture than most.  Although it is advertised as a cleansing tone, it is more of a "preparation toner" for make up or other skin care steps. 

If you have oily skin, this product is not right for you.   If you have acne prone or sensitive skin you may break out.  In addition it does have a strong scent but it quickly goes away after applying. For all those who are into only natural or organic products,  this toner does contain alcohol  and preservatives.  ​

MIZON - Aha & Bha Daily Clean Toner

Pore Shrinkage/Cleanses

Acne Prone/Unbalanced

Medium

None

​This toner is not only an exfoliator but it also dissolves dead surface scales due to papaya enzyms, saylicylic acid (which also gets rid of impurities and residue).  This toner is great for those who are prone to acne and those with unbalanced skin for it will start to balance your pH as well. 

After a short period of use. you will start to notice a huge difference in your skin texture and luminosity.  Just like any cleanser just grab a cotten pad and smoothe over your skin twice a day.  It will cleanse your pores, tighten, smooth and leaving you feeling fresh throughout the whole day.

SON & Park - Beauty Water

Shrinkage/Cleanser

All Types of Skin

Medium

None

This is not only a cleansing toner but is multi-tasking as well.  It refines your skin's texture and helps your pores to prepare for moisturizers.  

Although this is a cleanser it does have other duties as well, it will exfoiliate your skin due to papaya and willow bark extracts.  Ingredients such as rose water, lavender water and orange extract which gives you the extra hydration for moisture and pres for your moisturizer. 

​This toner can be used int the morning as well as the evening , it will refresh your skin and relieve toxins.  This is perfect for  normal, dry and oily skin  it also has a pH of 5 which will help you get back to normal! 

BENTON - Snail Bee High Content Skin

Cleanse/Shrinkage

All Skin Types

Medium

None

This snail bee high is a Korean toner.  It is intended to moisturize, hydrate and prep for moisturizers.  It's also made for all skin types which includes sensitive skin. In addition it will brighten and decrease wrinkles. 

This toner is full of ingredients such as plant extracts (for anti-inflammatory and antioxidants).  It also includes ingredients such as  snail secretion filatrate (promotes wound healing), camellea subesis leaf water (anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties) nicacinimide and bee vernom (promotes healing).  

Cosrx - Aha/bha Clarifying Toner

Cleanse/Shrinkage

All Skin Types

Medium

None

This is a great toner for clarifying your skin! It is mixed with AHA from apple fruit water and BHA in mineral water, this toner gently exfoliates, removing dead skin cells and even helping to prevent whiteheads and blackheads. Other  ingredients include Allantoin which  restores skin's moisture. If you  are using this toner everyday your skin will become clearer and smoother over time!


Why We Need Toners...

How To Use A Toner (Skin Care Routine)