The Importance of Toners

Toner tends to be a confusing concept for many. There is a misconception that alcohol is used in most toners to cleanse the skin of impurities. In reality, alcohol is not beneficial in cleansing skin and these days, most toners do not contain this ingredient. People are also often mistaken in thinking that toner is only favorable for oily and acne-prone skin types. All skincare types can use toner, which acts as an important part of the 10-step skin care routine. Toner tightens pores, clears away excess dirt and debris, and provides moisturizing nutrients to the skin, while prepping it to absorb other products like serums and moisturizers. 

What is toner?

Toner acts as the base to the rest of your skin care routine. Removing the excess oils and makeup residue, it works to reset your skin’s pH balance and creates a clean canvas for the other products you will be using. This watery looking liquid hydrates the skin and makes your skin feel smooth. This is the toner working to transport nutrients to your skin, re-balancing and preparing for the next step of your skincare regiment. 

Pictured: SkinFood Peach Sake Toner 

When do you use toner?

Apply toner after using your face wash or face foam. Face washes tend often have alkaline, which sets your skin’s pH balance higher than normal. The toner will work to reset your skin’s pH balance back to a normal level. Son & Park’s Beauty Water is one of the most talked about toners on the Korean market, and for good reason. With willow bark and papaya extract, Beauty Water gently exfoliates and cleans away dead skin while brightening skin tone and leaving your skin soft and smooth. Ingredients such as lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract helps moisturize the skin and prepare it for the next products used in your 10-step routine. Beauty Water has a pH level of 5, helping to reset your skin’s pH level to its natural state. 

Pick up Son & Park's Beauty Water here

How do you use toner?

When it comes to toner, a little bit goes a long way. Pour a few drops on a cotton pad and gently wipe your face. You will probably see leftover debris and makeup residue on the cotton pad – this is okay! Your skin will now be a clean canvas, ready to absorb serums and moisturizers. 

With the summer approaching, toner can also be a great way to refresh the skin. During those days when your skin feels dry and dull, adding toner to a mini spritz bottle to use as a facial mist will allow your skin to feel replenished and healthy again. If you need a quick pick-me-up in the morning, storing toner in the refrigerator and using half of a cotton pad to apply it underneath the eye area is a great way to feel refreshed and cool when you might be feeling half asleep. This method can also be used to reduce puffiness and redness for tired eyes, brightening the under eye area and making you look more awake. 

Brooke Finnicum is a university student with a passion for traveling and Korean culture, especially when it comes to Korean beauty and skincare. Majoring in communication and public relations, she has studied abroad in South Korea twice and envisions herself working in Seoul in the future. A firm believer in the wonders of mud masks and liquid eyeliner, Brooke loves reading up on the latest K-beauty trends. When she isn't gushing over the IOPE BB cushion or testing all of Skin Food's products, Brooke loves watching Korean dramas and exploring unique cafes with her friends.

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