K-beauty toners are considered one of the best in the skincare industry because of how the toners are formulated – gentle ingredients that are effective at the same time.
Toners are introduced in the second or third step in your skincare routine right after a water-based cleanser or double cleansing.
They are the way-makers in skincare. By way-makers, we mean – they make your other skincare steps more effective by helping to get rid of dirt and oil residue left out when cleansing. They also make for a good pore minimizing solution especially in the summers when your skin is all greased up from the excess sebum, sweat and dirt.
Here we’re going to have a look at some of the top K-Beauty Toners in 2023 that’ll help you treat a number of skin concerns. Let’s get into it:
Topping the list at number 1, we have the Green Tea Fresh Toner by Isntree which has a pretty lightweight texture making it a great pick for humid summer-monsoon seasons. Now a little bit about Isntree is that – they have a fantastic lineup from their other toners, sunscreens, moisturizers, etc.. especially for hot and humid climate regions.
Coming back to the green tea toner, the formulation is made for oily-acne prone skin. It balances the excess oil on your skin without causing any dryness like most alcohol toners would (strong alcohol-based toners can dry out your skin and cause more sebum to be produced).
Additionally, the Green Tea Fresh toner also soothes a stressed skin, strengthen the lipid barrier, provide anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and keep the skin hydrated.
Related to this – Benefits of Green Tea for Acne Prone skin
A hydrating K-beauty toner that sold 2 million bottles and counting! If this isn’t a testament of how good the toner is then we don’t know what is. What makes this an excellent choice of a toner is the calming and pH balanced formulation it has that suits combination and sensitive skin types. Now based on our tests and customer reviews, the skin instantly absorbs the toner which makes for a superb hydrator for the skin.
Additionally, it locks in moisture, calms and soothes redness and irritation while helping to repair damaged skin.
One of the must-have K-beauty toner out there is the COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-free toner. Made from cica as the core ingredient, this alcohol-free toner is quite suitable for people that have redness, irritation and sensitivity issues. Its lightweight texture makes it easier for the toner to get absorbed into the skin while being super hydrating. Cica is well known for its healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and also antioxidant properties.
So, if you’re having rough days and nights with redness, inflammation and irritation, the Centella Alcohol-free toner is your go-to therapy.
Rolling in at number 4, we have a slightly different kind of toner – the COSRX AHA BHA Clarifying Treatment toner. This K-beauty toner is more of an exfoliating toner that sloughs off the dead skin on your face making you look dull. It has a small concentration of both AHA and BHA making it beginner friendly. The exfoliating properties help to keep your pores clean and help minimize the appearance of large pores.
However, if you’re completely new to exfoliating toners or exfoliators, you have to keep in mind that your skin will take time to adjust. We do not recommend using exfoliators if your skin barrier has been compromised. You may also experience acne purging for some time since exfoliators will push out the gunk from your pores. Additionally, the the AHA BHA toner by COSRX may also help to smoothen your skin texture and reveal a brighter and less wrinkly complexion.
Don’t be alarmed, this is still a toner but with the effectiveness of an ampoule. This K-beauty toner/ampoule mist is made from 82% of green tea water. The ampoule mist comes in a spray bottle which makes it easy to carry around and apply anywhere and anytime. The ampoule mist is formulated to suit all skin types with lots of hydrating benefits to keep your skin looking plump and dewy throughout the day.
Your skin is a fragile organ that can become damaged if not taken care of. Some signs of common skin damage include – early aging signs such as wrinkles and fine lines and also hyperpigmentation. Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants which helps to protect from skin damage whereby helping to prevent early aging and dark spots.
So, there you go, our top five toners in 2023 based on our tests and also customer reviews. We hope this helps you to find your very own holy grail toner if you haven’t yet.