Do You Really Need A Toner In Your Skincare Routine?

You want the glowing, beautiful skin that BTS is known for? Then listen up…

Toners have become a staple step in skincare routines. Are they necessary? What does a toner actually do? Many people see toners as irritating and drying –  but that just means you’ve been using the wrong formula on your skin.

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First off, let’s clarify. American toners and Korean toners are very different. Typical American toners have high amounts of salicylic acid, which dry out any breakouts on the skin. More than not, these toners dry out the skin severely, causes changes in pH, uneven tones, and dry patches. Korean toners are much different, aiming to help hydrate and balance. Right below, we’re going to break down why you really need to consider adding a toner to your routine.

What is a toner?

A toner is a liquid – either water, alcohol, or gel-based. It’s aimed to balance your skin’s pH levels after cleansing with your regular face wash. Let us explain, after your face is washed, your skin becomes more alkaline – making it more prone to damage and inflammation. Using a toner balances your skin back to normal.


Toners prep your face to better absorb ingredients, such as the ones in your serums, sheet masks, etc…

Toners are a great way to ensure you’re skin is clear of dirt and oil. It does a great job of catching debris you missed while double cleansing. Think of it as….triple cleansing!

Your toner is customizable! You can use is to help your skin with specific needs. For example, you can chose a rosewater toner to reduce redness, or a green tea toner to combat acne.

Who needs a toner?

Everyone! Everyone should use a toner that is right for their skin. One of the biggest misconceptions is that toners are only for oily skin or people with acne. This came about because more American toners, as stated above, are alcohol based – like astringents. However, a toner’s main purpose is to re-balance your skin after cleansing.  

When you wash your face, your cleanser strips your skin of its natural oils and makes your face alkaline. Once you use a toner and your pH level is balanced, your skin accepts serums, essences, and creams much more effectively.

How do you use a toner?

After washing your face, apply a few drops of toner to a cotton or gauze pad. Gently apply it all over the face. Once soaking in, follow with your essence, serums, and creams.

Pro tip: I just started using gauze pads to apply product instead of cotton pads and let me tell you – I’ll never go back. Cotton pads soak up so much product, leaving all those good ingredients meant for your skin trapped in the cotton! A gauze pad doesn’t absorb the product and lets you evenly spread the product, as well as let those good ingredients soak into your skin.


Balances your pH levels

Provides extra hydration that prevents wrinkles and dullness

Exfoliates your skin

Shrinks pores and tightens skin

Calms and soothes skin



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