Top 5 Best Korean Toners in 2018
Unlike most Western toners that only remove the residue left behind by other beauty products, Korean toners restore your skin's pH balance, reduce redness, and soothe irritation. Gently swiping the toner over your face with a cotton pad prepares the skin to better absorb other products. Korean toners also boost the efficiency of your whole routine. If you're in the market for an effective toner, read on to learn about our top 5 Korean toner choices and choose the best for your skin type.
Before summarizing the best Korean toners for you, we have already rounded up the best Korean toners - for dry skin, for combination skin, and for oily skin. Just find out which product is the best match for you and dispense it onto a cotton pad and swipe over your face before applying other products.
Top 5 Korean Toners for All Skin Types - Product Summary
#1 KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner. This toner contains natural and non-irritating ingredients to moisturize and hydrate tired skin that needs a healthy boost.
#2 AHC Hyaluronic Toner. This toner reduces redness and calms irritated skin, leaving it soft and smooth. It is very moisturizing and thick, which is perfect for sensitive and dry skin.
#3 Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner. This toner suits all skin types; it contains Aloe Leaf water and a snail secretion to reduce the appearance of fine lines, prevent skin damage, and soothe tired skin.
#4 The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang In Yang Balancer. This is a luxurious herbal toner for all skin types. It is very hydrating and moisturizing with a nice floral scent. It hydrates dry skin and keeps sebum production under control in oily skin.
#5 Amore Pacific Sulwhasoo Balancing Water. This toner quickly absorbs into the skin and leaves it moisturized, hydrated, and soft. The toner is perfect for dry and combination skin.
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Reviews of the Best Korean Toners
For all of the times when you have pimples or your skin is irritated, stressed out, or red, this alcohol and paraben-free toner can aid in the recovery with its natural ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, lavender oil, and beta-glucan. And it keeps your skin hydrated and soft longer than most toners on the market.
This toner has a very gentle formula and botanical extracts such as althaea rosea flower to do more than just remove residue after cleansing. It reduces inflammation and protects the skin from harmful effects of the environment in a way you can really see.
We also like its consistency: it is less light or watery than other toners, but it is not as thick as an essence. This makes it very easy to apply with your fingers and without a cotton pad.
- Moisturizing and hydrating
- Calms irritated skin
- Very gentle
- Paraben and alcohol-free
- Natural ingredients
This is one of the most hydrating toners we've ever tested. You only need a small amount that you dispense on your palm and gently apply to your face. The toner absorbs really quickly and makes the skin feel hydrated and soft immediately. It feels like a hydrating serum and if your skin isn't dry, you don't need to apply any other product afterward.
If you have oily skin, this toner won't leave an oily touch or a sticky residue. It has a very light scent but it's not annoying. This toner increases moisture levels in dry skin as well as enhancing the skin's ability to rejuvenate and restore itself. It leaves the skin soft for a long period of time.
This toner leaves a very fresh feeling while the natural ingredients supply hydration for all skin types, even to very sensitive and very oily skin. It prevents different skin issues, especially those associated with dryness.
One of the key ingredients is hyaluronic acid that helps to build a moisture barrier and keeps skin hydrated longer. However, we should warn those who are sensitive to artificial fragrances that this toner contains it.
- Very hydrating
- Suitable for all skin types
- Very gentle on skin
- Contains artificial fragrance
Benton is known for its impressive formulas. They work with the latest ingredients and don't try to sell you fillers (their products are waterless). This 200 ml watery toner is made of all-natural active ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf water, snail secretion filtrate, aloe leaf juice, and salicylic acid. Thanks to these ingredients, this toner is suitable for sensitive and irritated skin.
If reduced acne and inflammation isn't enough, this toner is great for soothing the skin and creating a protective barrier. Thanks to the snail secretion filtrate and the hyaluronic acid, the skin is assured of being moisturized and hydrated during the day. The snail secretion filtrate increases the healing process and prevents different skin problems, such as dark spots.
The formula is colorless and contains no artificial fragrance. In the bottle, the toner looks a bit opaque. Speaking of texture, it is watery enough to apply on your face with your hands or a cotton pad.
Since the formula is acidic, the toner gently exfoliates the skin. The only thing we'd like to note is that if you have very sensitive skin, you might want to use it only once a day and preferably during the evening. Furthermore, ensure that other products don't contain exfoliating acids or it can be too much.
- No artificial fragrance
- Prevents and treats acne and clogged pores
- Gently exfoliates
- Moisturizes and hydrates long-term
- It doesn't whiten your skin as other Korean toners do
This company has been making its products promoting the theme of royalty, to allow everyone who uses them to feel like royalty. Needless to say, this toner is really good at creating flawless skin and reducing signs of aging, darkening, and breakouts. This product is up there in terms of price and quality, and it suits most people to tackle most skin issues.
It has a thick but watery formula; it is runny and thin. It quickly absorbs into the skin and restores the hydration it loses from cleansing. The scent is very gentle and floral. Most people like it but keep it in mind, if you don't like products with fragrances.
You can see the effects of this toner immediately. It brightens the skin and balances its tone unlike any other toner out there, and your face will feel very smooth and soft after the application.
This is a perfect toner for everyone who needs to boost the texture of the skin and get rid of dullness.
- Feels luxurious
- Very moisturizing and hydrating
- Has long-term anti-aging effects
- Balances the skin tone
- Improves the skin texture
- Leaves the skin soft and healthy
- On the pricier side
Sulwhasoo is named for the exquisite allure of winter blossom springing forth in the snow. It was created as holistic beauty brand based on Asian medicinal herbs such as ginseng.
This toner has a smooth, fresh formula and is the color of maple syrup. It contains many effective, precious ingredients known in Asia for centuries, aims at addressing skin problems at their roots. Two pumps are more than enough for the whole face. Even though it is thick, it doesn't leave any uncomfortable trace. The key feature of this toner is that you can use it alone and skip on other products (unless you have very dry skin). It provides instant hydration with a nice fragrance that quickly disappears.
People with oily skin can use it without worrying about excessive sebum production or clogging pores. It is very lightweight and absorbs quickly. If you have dry skin, this toner is hydrating and moisturizing enough to make it soft and glowing.
- Moisturizing and hydrating
- Pleasant to use
- Nice texture
- Some people don't like the ginger-like smell.
Simple Beauty Tips For All Skin Types
Remove Your Makeup
Make sure you remove your make up and use moisturizing toner before going to bed. The skin needs to breathe and be hydrated during the nighttime. Makeup prevents that and can leave you with clogged pores and acne.
Exfoliation Is A Must
Exfoliate your skin several times a week to remove dead skin and leave it brighter. If you have very dry or sensitive skin, avoid harsh exfoliants and opt for an exfoliating toner.
Always apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or more to block harmful UV rays. Since sun exposure can cause skin darkening, wrinkles, and skin problems, you should protect it with the right product. Make sure the label has 'non-acnegenic' so that it won't block pores.
Don't skip the sunscreen even if it's cold or cloudy outside.
Mind What You Eat
Eat more fresh fruits, enough protein and fiber, and greens. A diet low in fats and sugars promotes healthy skin.
Water to The Rescue
Hydration is key. The toners mentioned above hydrate your skin from the outside but you should hydrate it from the inside as well. If you don't like plain water, eat water-rich veggies and fruits such as cucumber, watermelon, strawberry, etc.
Spa Day Every Day
Have a regular skin care routine and be consistent. For dry skin, use moisturizing products that are gentle to your skin. For oily skin, choose mattifying products that help with clogged pores. If you don't mind artificial fragrances, choose products that smell relaxing and you will have a spa day every day.
A gentle facial massage can do wonders. And after 20 minutes, you have a nourished skin relaxing you.
These toners are a must part of your skin care routine as they significantly change the skin for the better. Our personal favorite is KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner. It makes the pores tighter, reduces acne scars, and red spots, and the skin just looks brighter and healthier. We didn't expect a toner that provides so many benefits.