We understand it can be overwhelming process when deciding which toner is best for your specific skin type, especially when there is so much variety among Korean skincare brands. To make things straightforward, in this blog post we have compiled a list of diverse toners and have categorised each by skin type for your convenience. Also as a point of reference, we have jotted down some key ingredients to look out for next time you decide to replace your toner, so you’ll be sure to make a suitable choice based on the needs of your skin.
TONER INGREDIENTS FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
For all skin types look out for:
- Butylene Glycol
- Ceramide NP
- Rice extracts
- Honey extracts
- Mandelic acid
- Green tea extracts
- Propolis extract
Oily/Acne-prone skin types
- Green tea water and other green tea extracts
- Centella Asiatica
- Tea Tree
- Chamomile/Matricaria Chamomilla
TONER INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
Many dermatologists and other skin experts advise that all skin types avoid astringents and drying alcohols, as these sensitise the skin barrier and dehydrate skin. As for sensitive, combination, oily and acne-prone skin types it is suggested that we additionally avoid toners - and of course other skincare products - which are made with essential oils, artificial fragrances and silicone to lessen the likelihood of causing further upset for skin; including stress on pores.
COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner (for all skin types, including sensitive skin and fungal acne) – the first step after cleansing which brings a great sense of relief to unbalanced and irritable types. It is a gentle toner comprised of 10% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water and 82% mineral water from Jeju Island, both of which are concentrated with vital vitamins and minerals for optimal skin health. It contains only 9 ingredients, most of which bring potent skin calming qualities. It is non-comedogenic, fungal acne safe, eczema safe, pregnancy-friendly, allergen free, cruelty free, oil free and fragrance free.
COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner
Laneige Cream Skin Refiner (for normal to dry skin) – an innovative toner which combines the best elements of a creamy emulsion and toner, to deliver amino acids derived from White Leaf Tea Water to reinforce the skin barrier. Purified water, Butylene Glycol and Meadowfoam Seed Oil come together to form a lightweight milky texture with rich nourishing characteristics. It can easily be applied to skin in multiple ways: with clean bare hands, with a cotton pad or an eco-friendly reusable alternative, or used to soak thin cotton pads to create a moisturising toner pack. With frequent use as recommended, this toner can restore a dry or rough skin barrier back to a more healthy state which is well moisturised and in turn smooth to the touch.
Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner (for dry, sensitive skin) – this semi-viscous toner takes on many of the same attributes as the original Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, although is has been altered to be more skin-friendly and inclusive of dry sensitive skin types but omitting essential oils/fragrance. Essentially, this toner functions as a pH balancing product which prepares you skin for the delivery of moisture, plus active and targeted ingredients supplied by the skincare products you apply thereafter. It enhances the effectiveness of your entire skincare routine and contributes to forming a softer and smoother canvas for your foundation, concealer and products a like.
Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner
Some By Mi AHA. BHA. PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner (for combination/oily/acne-prone skin) – a slightly acidic toner (pH 5.5) which calms skin after the use of alkaline cleansing products, and provides an element of chemical exfoliation with various Hydroxy Acids (HA). This toner is highly suitable for those who want to avoid using physical exfoliators, for whichever reason, but still need to remove dead skin cells as the surface layer of skin and sebum or impurities which have accumulated within pores. The benefits of using three forms of HA, are that dull skin tones can appear more radiant and moisture loss is minimised. 10,000ppm of natural Tea Tree Extract greatly improves blemishes and breakouts associated with oily, acneic and imbalanced skin types in need of pore care.
d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Balancing Toner (for combination to oily skin) – brings you the rebalancing ingredients you need as someone with oily skin - or combination skin which is more on the oiler side - in addition to luxurious pampering amino acids. Rather than acting as a astringent which discourages sebum production, this toner works to maintain a healthy ratio of water to oil within skin. The peptides focus on firming skin, whereas ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid provide non-greasy long-lasting moisture.
d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Balancing Toner
Banobagi Milk Thistle Repair Toner (for inner dehydrated/sensitive skin) – a refreshing, ‘watery’ toner which can only be described as perfect for re-energizing and soothing sensitive skin. Its mild formula is abundant in anti-inflammatories obtained from Burdock Root Extract and antioxidants from Milk Thistle Extract. The antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and hydrating ingredients work in unison to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles; skin will also appear less red in colour.
Banobagi Milk Thistle Repair Toner
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