The second step after cleansing should be the use of a toner. Korean toners are packed with different substances that are beneficial for your skin. Therefor when you chose toner you should look for a toner that is suited for your skin type. This is really not a step that should be skipped, especially if you have any problems with your skin. After cleansing, the skin is quite sensitive and the toners bring nutrients back to the skin to protect it. Toners preps your skin for the next steps of your skincare routine. Many toners have the main purpose to hydrate the skin and this is of course important even if you have oily skin.
Is this for me?
If you have oily skin it doesn’t mean that your skin is hydrated. You can still have dehydrated skin even if you have an oily skin type. Dehydration means that your skin lacks moisture which is water, not oil.
For many Korean products from skincare to makeup, the main goal is to hydrate the skin. There are a lot of great toners on the market and you can find a lot of great toners on my blog or simply go to a store a look for a toner that suits your skin type.
From the beginning the toners job was to neutralize the skins pH and bring it back to normal after cleansing your face. Now days the cleansers are so gentle that the skin doesn’t need to be neutralized. Instead today’s toners are filled with other benefits for the skin. There are of course still cleansers out there that are really harsh on your skin and you should look up the ingredients before buying. Just so you know that it is ok.
The skin should be clean after cleansed and the toners are not to be used as a second cleanser. Instead cleanse with your normal cleanser or once with an oil cleanser and once with a foam cleanser. Then use a toner as a prep for the next steps. But make sure that your skin is clean.
Before I started reading about Korean skincare steps I didn’t use toner at all. Instead I used different cleanser like Dermalogica or Nutribiotic and after that, just a moisturizer and an eye cream, that’s about it. I felt that the European/American toners were more dehydrating than moisturizing and I really did not see any benefits from me using them.
This all changed as soon as I found Korean skincare and now I use toner twice a day and I really cant see myself not using them.
Where to buy great toners
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