Dermatologists and estheticians have given different opinions about whether toners are harmful to the skin. Here we explain what happens to your skin if you wear a K-beauty toner.
The controversy over toners revolves around one of its ingredients: alcohol. It is usually believed that alcohol-infused toners are paramount to control bacteria that causes acne. I regret to tell you that this is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, alcohol does actually kill bacteria, but on the other, it dries your skin. Dry skin can worsen acne and this is why dermatologists do not recommend using toners.
There are, however, toners that do not contain alcohol –Korean toners do not. If you are not familiar with Korean beauty skincare, I can tell you that it is usually composed of 10 steps: cleansing, cleansing one more time, exfoliating, toning, tapping in essence, applying treatments, masking, using eye cream, moisturizing, and finally applying sunscreen. Whether you are keen to take up the k-beauty routine, or you just want to incorporate a toner to your routine, there are some aspects you need to consider:
K-beauty toners as moisturizers
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.
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