Do's, don'ts and tricks: A complete guide to understanding toners

Do's, don'ts and tricks: A complete guide to understanding toners

What are the benefits of using toners? And the biggest toner mistakes you're making? What about K-Toners? Keep reading to find all the answers!

Toner is a fast-penetrating liquid that hydrates the skin and helps remove some dead cells off the surface of the skin. This product looks like water but is designed to penetrate the upper layer of the skin in order to hydrate it. It may also contain multiple anti-aging ingredients. 

It is important to consult the list of ingredients before putting anything on your face since you run the risk of using something that may disturb your skin instead of nourishing it. Think of the toner as a  treatment to be used after double cleansing and exfoliation of the skin. It should balance out the Ph levels of your skin, without causing any irritation. 

Benefits of using a toner?

Toner is a fast-penetrating liquid that hydrates the skin and helps remove some dead cells off the surface of the skin.

Most common toner mistakes:

1. You're using a face toner with alcohol

Make sure you double-check the ingredients and try to go for alcohol-free toners. Luckily, there are many available on the market. Alcohol does not suit everyone and may dry your skin instead of hydrating it.

2. You're using a toner with fragrance

Fragrances are a nightmare, as companies are not required to actually disclose exactly what's in a fragrance. Meaning some may contain hundreds of chemicals you have no clue about. Opt for fragrance-free or at least make sure that the used fragrance is natural (unless your skin reacts to essential oils).

3. You're rubbing it in.

Toner should be applied as a spray or gently patted into the skin, never rubbed in with a cotton round. Your skin should feel slightly damp after toner so you can apply moisturizer on top.

4. You're using the wrong toner

Toners can be hydrating, cleansing, and exfoliating. Make sure you get the right one for your needs. They are not interchangeable. Hydrating toners are a great choice as you can use them on a daily basis. BTW, thermal water sprays are great for beach days but do not replace a good toner. 

5. You are not following the right order.

Toner should be applied AFTER cleansing and BEFORE moisturizing. Make sure you do not skip this step. Some toners also work to set makeup and can be used as a last step, but the after-cleansing toner is a must.

Think of the toner as a  treatment to be used after double cleansing and exfoliation of the skin.

K-beauty toners: A complete guide to understand them

K-beauty toners are usually infused with mineral water, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, grapeseed oil, carrot root oil and kelp extract. These ingredients will hydrate your skin, but will they help fight acne?

Can a K-beauty toner help control acne?

Yes. There other toners that contain propolis and chamomile that will definitely help change the skin’s pH and control acne-causing bacteria.

If you are not going to follow the 10-step k-beauty routine, you can try using your toner after cleansing your face with a regular makeup remover and an oil-based cleanser. Then saturate a cotton pad with toner and wipe your skin –if after the double cleanse, there is still some bacteria or dirt, the toner will remove it.

K-beauty toners to balance the pH

The natural pH of your skin should be around 5.5, but external factors –such as pollution, oily skin, makeup or alcohol– can change it. An imbalanced pH level will result in excessive dryness and excessive oil production. K-beauty toners are great to restore the skin’s natural pH.

Another good reason to include K-beauty toners is that when your skin is dry, moisturizers and serums are more easily absorbed if the pH or your skin is balanced and a little bit hydrated.

How to choose a K-beauty toner?

For dry skin try those that contain hyaluronic acid.

For oily skin choose a formula that is lightweight and less emollient.

Having all this been said, there are, however, toners that aren’t necessarily Korean, that help rebalance the skin’s pH, like rose water sprays.

Tina Reese

Tina is an award-winning columnist and beauty editor. Passionate about all aspects of makeup and skincare, she spends her days trying out new launches and researching the ever-changing world of beauty trends. Follow Tina’s articles and you’ll always stay updated on who’s who and what’s what of the beauty industry.+ info

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