K-Beauty 101: Toner.



The Toner, this essential ally of beauty, very often stripped of its importance to contribute to a healthy, radiant and perfect skin. In today’s K-Beauty 101 we review the Toner, one of the three fundamental steps for Korean Cosmetics, precisely because of its main function, which is to give a new Tonicity. Choosing the right Toner is an extra step for the glow. Keep reading and be prepared to shine.

What is a Toner?

A Toner is a cosmetic with a water-like texture that contains natural extracts and has a slightly acidic pH like that of the skin (pH5.5). Together with cleansing and sun protection, the Toner is one of the three fundamental steps of the Korean Beauty Routine, the Korean beauty ritual dedicated to a skin that is always healthy and perfect. The Toner allows you to amplify the results of each skincare routine because it increases the degree of cleanliness of the skin, collecting what the Double Cleansing has not been able to remove. Specific for each skin type, the Toner allows greater absorption of the next steps. If you want to know more about Double Cleansing, you can read everything you need here.

Who should use the Toner?

In general… Everyone. Each of us wants a skin with a balanced and healthy complexion.
However, Toner is to all intents and purposes indispensable for those with oily or acne-prone skin, as well as for those who need extra cleansing after using makeup or creams.

When to use the Toner?

In the Korean Routine the Toner is the fourth step. It follows the Double Cleansing e (the combined action of make-up remover and cleanser) and precedes those nourishing treatments such as serums or moisturizing creams.

What does the Toner do?

  • Firms the skin.

The Toner has an “invigorating” action. Already in the way it is applied, tapping it with the fingertips all over the face to activate the circulation produces an important all-natural skin firming.

  • Removes dead cells from exfoliation.
    The Toner has an important action of cleaning the pores of the skin which, freed from the sebum that blocked them, are smaller and the skin is brighter and less greasy.
  • Improves the absorption of the next steps.

By effectively removing impurities from the pores and dead skin cells, the Toner improves the absorption of ingredients from the next steps of the routine, while soothing and purifying the skin, to make it smoother and softer.

  • Transforms the skin: restores the pH balance.
    Our skin is naturally acidic, with a pH of between five and six (on a scale of 0 to 14). The alkaline nature of the soap can make this value go up in flames, causing the skin to have to force itself to settle back to normal levels, thereby increasing sebum production. The use of a Toner can help to quickly restore this balance.
  • Refreshes the skin.
    By minimizing pore pores and narrowing the gaps between cells after cleaning, Toner reduces penetration by impurities and prevents environmental pollutants from contaminating the skin. In addition, the Toner has an important purifying action because it removes chlorine and other pollutants contained in the water.
  • It prepares the skin for the hydration that will follow with the steps of essences, ampoules and creams.
    The Toner has humectant functions, that is, it contains a moisturizing agent that can retain these principles, preserving the main properties of the products, while helping to bind moisture to the skin.

Refreshes the skin.

  • The Toner can also be used as an extra cleaning step, when it is oily or dirty. Just rub your face with a disc soaked in Toner, a method used byevery Korean girl.

How to use the Toner.

In the Korean cosmetic tradition, there are two different ways of using it. This depends on whether we want to perfect facial cleansing or toning up the skin. But remember: the skin must always be thoroughly cleaned.


  • Start with Double Cleansing.
  • Pour a few drops on a cotton disc. Pass it over your whole face if you want to do an extra step of cleansing.
  • Apply by staking your face with your fingertips to activate the firming function.


  • Avoid the eye contour;

Eyes are a very sensitive area. The Toner may irritate them.

  • Perfectly made up:

The Toner must always grip the skin. Make sure that you always do Double Cleansing, and that you pass a little Toner on a cotton pad to thoroughly remove impurities and debris.

Choose Perfect Toner for Your Skin Type.

There are different types of Toner, some generic, others specific to the skin type. Many of those who approach Korean cosmetics tend to skip this important step, considering it superfluous. Toner, on the other hand, is very important. A tip for beginners, discouraged by the fact that they have not obtained visible results from their Toner, is to try a specific Toner for your skin type.

Featured Product.


Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner.

Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is a very popular product, winner of the title “Best of Beauty Awards 2016” by Soko Glam and number 1 in the GLOWPICK! Formulated on the basis of plant extracts, this light moisturizing Toner regulates the correct pH of the face and does not irritate the skin. Thanks to selected components such as hyaluronic acid, beta glucan and Lipidure (Polyquaternium-51), it soothes and moisturizes the skin of the face. For sensitive skin, the unscented version is also available, which

Klairs supple preparation facial toner


d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Balancing Toner.

d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Balancing Toner is a luxurious balancing and cleansing Toner perfect for oily and combination skin. It is a multitasking product that moisturizes oily and mixed skin and transforms it, bringing it back to a pH of 5.6.

Thanks to the pearl extract, it restores radiance and illuminates the skin, providing antioxidant benefits.
Eliminate the “greasy” effect is no longer a problem with this multitasking and perfume-free Toner. You’ll shine without greasiness.
Moreover, this Toner has prodigious anxiety effects thanks to the Italian white truffle extract, which moisturizes and stimulates cell renewal while the peptides work to create a compact and firm skin.
Finally, it fights imperfections thanks to the action of BHA acids which gently exfoliate, remove excess sebum, cleanse the pores in depth and keep the skin clean.

D'alba peptide no-sebum balancing toner

Frudia Green Grape Pore Control Toner.

Green Grape Pore Control Toner is a refreshing Toner for oily skin, containing 89% grape extract that removes impurities, dead skin and restores hydrolipidic balance.

It contains Tannin and Vitamin E, which moisturize and purify the skin, while Panthenol calms irritation. In addition, grape extract contains tannin, which smoothes and tightens dilated pores. In addition, thanks to the technique R Vita W: contains nutrients at low temperature in order to provide valuable antioxidants to the skin. Seed and fruit extracts are processed with extreme care to preserve their colour and smell. In a word, super natural.

frudia greengrape porecontrol toner


Missha Time Revolution Clear Toner.

 If you’re looking for a Toner that makes your skin healthy and radiant, “Time Revolution Clear Toner” is for you!

In fact, this Toner effectively removes impurities from the pores and dead skin cells, while improving the absorption of ingredients from the next steps of the routine and soothes and purifies the skin to make it smoother and softer.
Its delicate formula also carries out a light and refreshing exfoliating care, thanks to the presence of AHA and BHA acids and is enriched with fermented yeast extract, which provides nutrients and improves the structure of the epidermis, for a clear, bright and even skin tone.

missha time revolution clear toner


Korean Beauty is clear. Toning is a fundamental step and there is no reason why it should not be incorporated into your beauty regime. Don’t they all dream of a more toned skin? Make sure you use it to the fullest and choose the product that best suits your skin, always and only on miloon.eu.