Choosing the Best Toner for Your Skincare Routine

Toners, toners, toners... We all have heard about them and how they are an important step to your everyday skincare routine. Unsurprisingly, the toning step is often skipped or missed because they are deemed 'unessential', partly due to common misconceptions like excessively stripping away any moisture off the skin, causing flakiness and so on. Today, we will be debunking these myths and common misconceptions about facial toners, as well as provide you with details about which one would work best for your skin's needs.

Toners help replenish the skin's hydration and moisture after cleansing by keeping your skin's pH balance in check. They remove any impurities and dead skin deep within the pores that your cleansers did not catch, allowing the rest of your skincare products to penetrate better, otherwise they will just be sitting on top of a layer of impurities and dead skin (yikes!). Other benefits you can expect from toners include reducing the appearance of large pores, even out skin tone and making the skin look refreshed. Who knew that a bottle of toner could provide so many benefits for your skin?

So, in order for your skin to reap the maximum benefits of your skincare products (and also ensure that you receive good value for what you paid for), it is important to invest in a good toner that is suitable for your skin type and concerns. You can rest easy on that part because we have done all the heavy lifting for you!


Cleansing Toners

Cleansing toners help exfoliate the skin gently with chemical exfoliants such as AHA, BHA, PHA or other fruit acids to slough away dead skin cells and impurities trapped in the pores. They are generally suitable and preferred by those with oily or combination skin as they contain ingredients that help control excess sebum production and prevent breakouts.

SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner | Korean Skincare | BONIIK

You won't believe that a bottle of this toner is sold every 3 seconds until you try it for yourself! Believe us, this product really works wonders! SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner contains 3 types of exfoliators- AHA, BHA, PHA as well as tea tree and papaya extracts to gently remove impurities, dead skin cells, excess sebum and combat acne and blemishes. Don't worry, despite sounding harsh, this toner is gently on the skin due to its PHA content that helps prevent moisture loss, making it ideal even for sensitive, acne-prone skin.

COSRX AHA BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner | Korean Skincare | BONIIK

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner is a mist toner enriched with Jeju Mineral Water, AHA and BHA to help control excess sebum production while softening the skin with a refreshing finish. The AHA and BHA helps clear impurities and fend off any unwanted breakouts for clarified, smooth complexion. Also, it comes in a spray bottle that you can easily spray on your face for a refreshing start of your skincare routine.


Hydrating Toners

Hydrating toners have lightweight, fast absorbing formula that penetrates deep into the layers of your skin without greasiness lingering around. They restore your skin's hydration and pH balance, leave a refreshing and soothing finish that your skin will love. Generally, this type of toners will suit all skin types and are among those that we commonly find.

KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner | Korean Skincare | BONIIK

This award-winning, all time favourite Kbeauty toner is about to become your new obsession. Say hello to KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner, it contains hyaluronic acid, wheat amino acids and Centella Asiatica extracts to soothe your skin, replenishes and prolongs hydration by about 20% more than most other toners. Its fast absorbing texture penetrates into the skin layers well without leaving greasy or sticky residue. This toner works perfectly for all skin types, including dry and sensitive skin.

KLAIRS Supple Preparation Unscented Toner | Korean Toner | BONIIK

If you're not a fan of scented toners, essential oils or have extremely sensitive skin, you can go opt for its unscented sibling  KLAIRS Supple Preparation Unscented Toner. This has all the same benefits as the Supple Preparation Toner, but without any added fragrance.

MAKE P:REM Safe Me. Relief Moisture Toner | Korean Skincare | BONIIK

Keep your skin soothed and hydrated with MAKE P:REM Safe Me. Relief Moisture Toner. With 94% plant-derived ingredients, this gentle toner is safe to use on all skin types, including dry, sensitive skin. It contains Madecassoside to help strengthen skin barrier and improve skin texture, leaving your skin refreshed, supple and balanced. The watery texture of this toner absorbs instantly to refresh and hydrate the skin, making it a perfect option for the Kbeauty 7 Skin Method where several layers of toners are applied on the skin for plump, bouncy skin.


Moisturising Toners

Slightly richer and more nutrient-dense than hydrating toners, moisturising toners offer deeper moisture for your skin to strengthen skin barrier and form a barrier to prevent excessive moisture loss. These toners are suitable for dry, damaged skin or those with uneven, flaky skin texture. They also come with the added benefit of anti-aging care to help diminish the appearance of fine lines.

KLAVUU Blue Pearlsation Oneday 8cups Marine Collagen Aqua Toner | Korean Skincare | BONIIK

Ideally, you should be drinking at least 8 cups of water a day to keep yourself hydrated. Why not let your skin have the same? Boost your skin's moisture levels with KLAVUU Blue Pearlsation One Day 8 Cups Marine Collagen Aqua Toner! Enriched with marine collagen and Korean pearl extract to increase the skin's firmness, elasticity and moisture levels. It also provides brightening effects and wrinkle care to rejuvenate your skin.

MIZON Snail Repair Intensive Toner | Korean Skincare | BONIIK

While the idea of using snail secretion extract on your skin is squeal-worthy, we can assure you that snail mucin offers amazing benefits in boosting skin cell regeneration, visibly improving the appearance of aging signs and deeply moisturising the skin for firmer, youthful-looking complexion. MIZON Snail Repair Intensive Toner is packed with nutrients derived from snail mucin to provide your skin with intense moisture without stickiness. Snail mucin can also help shrink large pores, even out skin tone and texture to leave the skin smoother. Find out more about the benefits of snail mucin for your skin here.


Nourishing Toners

Commonly found in anti-aging skincare, nourishing toners contain high levels of skin-boosting nutrients to rejuvenate, deeply hydrate and moisturise, brighten and firm the skin. Nourishing toners usually have more viscous texture that is similar to an essence.

THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Heaven Grade Ginseng Rejuvenating Toner | Korean Toner | BONIIK

THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Heaven Grade Ginseng Rejuvenating Toner is infused with Korean traditional herbs and premium, high class red ginseng that has been aged for 6 years. It delivers deep moisture to fight aging signs, improve skin firmness and moisture from within by stimulating skin cell regeneration and collagen production for youthful, supple skin.

SULWHASOO Essential Balancing Water | Korean Skincare | BONIIK

Although its name says 'water', SULWHASOO Essential Balancing Water EX has a gel-like consistency that glides and absorbs easily into your skin. Formulated with Martimony Vine to soothe and deeply moisturise the skin, improve elasticity to help even out skin texture for supple, smooth skin and fight aging signs. The long lasting hydration and moisture provided by this toner makes it suitable for mature skin.

We hope you have gained more information about how including this simple and quick step can make a difference to your skin's overall health, texture and complexion. The next time you apply your skincare routine, be sure to tone your skin right to reap the benefits of the rest of your skincare products. Let us know which toner you currently use in the comments down below and stay tuned for more beauty tips!