How to Use Toner and Get the Best Results

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Why you need a toner in your skincare routine and how to tone effectively

The toning step of your skincare routine follows the double cleansing. You can read about double cleansing here. It’s the first product you’re not going to wash off and lays the foundation for the following products. It can be a real gamechanger if you do it right. So in this blog post, you are going to learn everything you need to know about toners.

Why do you need a toner?

When I say toner, I don’t mean the drying toners you usually find in Western cosmetics aisles. I mean a well-formulated, soothing and hydrating toner, that calms the skin after cleansing and prepares it for the following steps. This way you can replenish your skin after cleansing, reduce possible redness and dry patches. Toning helps you to get the maximum result out of your skincare routine.

How to use a toner

If you use an exfoliating toner, you can soak a cotton pad with it and gently swipe it across your face, sparing the eyes and lips. I recommend to invest in reusable cotton pads, as they are more sustainable. There are plenty of options at the drugstore, but you can also find them on Amazon. I’m using the Beau Pro reusable cotton pads, you can find them here *affilitated*.
If you use a hydrating toner, you can apply it in a thin layer with your fingers. Gently tap the product into your skin. Usually one layer should be enough, but you can always add more layers to increase hydration.

How should your skin feel after toning?

After toning your skin should feel soft and hydrated as well as look smooth and calmer.

Pat pat pat - always be gentle on your skin.

How often should you use toner?

The toner should be part of every routine, so do it in the morning as well as in the evening on a daily basis.

How to find a good toner

I personally haven’t found any intriguing toners at the drugstore in Germany yet, so I swear by K-Beauty toners! When I first discovered and started using them I got significant results. My skin was so much more hydrated, smooth and less irritated. My HG toner is the Klairs supple preparation toner. It’s low pH, hydrating and calming. I love how it reduces redness and softens my skin. Key factors for a good toner for me are: gentle formulation, preferably low pH, hydrating and because of my blemishes it should also be soothing.

Where to buy toner

Here are some of my favorites:

Klairs supple preparation toner – on Yesstyle here, (use code ‘SKINSOUL’ for 2-5% off *affiliated*). If you’re located in Germany you can find it on Lovemycosmetic here.
I’m from Rice toner – on Wishtrend here.

Exfoliating toners

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – on Deciem here.


What comes next in your skincare routine?

The next step is exfoliating. You can read more about it here.

What’s your favorite toner?


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