It is an understatement to say that toners are often misunderstood which is why most people don’t know how to pick the right toner for their skin.
Traditionally, toners contained skin-drying, astringent ingredients, mainly alcohol. This stripped the skin of its moisture leaving a stinging sensation causing toners to gain a bad rap for generations to come!
So, how have skincare toners from Korea completely changed the toner game? K-Beauty toners are rich in ingredients that provide hydration to the skin rather than strip it of moisture. It is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid, Centella Asiatica, Propolis Extracts, Panthenol, Amino Acids, Plant-Based Oils and many more beneficial ingredients for healthy, balanced skin. Our skin also has a natural pH ranging from 5.0 to 5.5 but pollution, makeup and external stress can shift our natural pH level. K-beauty toners help to balance and restore the skin’s pH level.
Here’s a closer look at two K-Beauty approved toners with incredible hydrating qualities:
ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner
This is the OG Hyaluronic Acid Toner and is still running as a cult favourite. This toner was adjudged the No. 1 Toner at the Hwahae Beauty Awards followed by winning the Olive Young Best Toner in 2019!
The original ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner toner had only a single type Hyaluronic Acid while the 2019 version is now formulated with 3 types mainly with Hyaluronic Acid 50%, Birch Sap, and Phyto Oligo that creates a moisture barrier and deeply moisturizes your dehydrated skin.
In terms of hydration, the ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner contains refreshing, moisturizing, and humectant ingredientslike hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, hollyhock extracts to enhance skin’s ability to attract and hold moisture.The toner uses its water-lock effect to maintain moisture in the skin for a long time.
The distinguishing factor about this toner is that it is a clear watery type liquid but still thicker than regular toners. When you apply the toner to your face, you’ll agree that this product formula really stands out. It spreads evenly and almost feels silky to touch followed by very quick absorption power. To top this feeling, there is no trace of stickiness or greasiness afterwards!
Ideal for all skin types, but recommended especially for those combating dry skin and dehydrated skin. This toner is scentless, alcohol-free, and contains no synthetic preservatives, which makes it suitable for sensitive skin types.
This toner will help achieve not only that refreshed and glowy appearance but also lasting hydration to your skin. If you’re a fan of layering hydrating toners, this one is for you!
ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner Plus
If you’re looking for a moisture-bomb toner that provides deep hydration, then give the ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner Plus a try!
The key difference with the Plus version is that the Hyaluronic Aqueous Solution (50%) contains 5 types of Hyaluronic Acid with the addition of Hydrolysed Sodium Hyaluronate and Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer.
Compared to the Hyaluronic Acid Toner, the Plus version had a much thicker ampoule-serum like consistency. And because of this, it would be the perfect toner for the drier climate or winter seasons.
In addition to the extreme hydration effect, it is also formulated with Multi BSASM Plus, a natural active ingredient comprising seven natural plant extracts in a patented formula.This prevents moisture loss and raises self-generating power to keep the skin healthy.
This toner is sure to quench parched and flaky skin immediately on application. This gets a high recommendation not just for dry skin but anyone looking to immediately replenish their moisture level.
This is the go-to toner for intense next level hydration for the skin!
Both the toners are extremely efficient and do its job- provide intense hydration to your skin. In comparison, the OG ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toneris a water-based formula with a gel-like lighter consistency. While the ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner PLUS’s has a thicker formula, an ampoule level of viscosity. And maybe because of this, some would prefer to use the former for morning skincare routine and the latter for evening skincare routine. Both are super hydrating and suitable for all skin types.
For people battling extreme dryness and flaky skin or for oily-skin types that prefer not to use too many skincare products, you can apply the three-skin method or seven-skin method. This would allow your skin to drink up the hydrating and nourishing ingredients in the toner much more than it normally would. This will surely give your skin all the hydration it needs.
Hydration is not something that only people suffering from dry or dehydrated skin concerns need to worry about. No matter your skin type, maximum hydration is key to maintaining good texture and optimum health.
What are your thoughts on hydration? Which one of these toners do you think would suit your skin?
Active Ingredients of both the toners:
ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner Ingredients:
Water, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trehalose, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Althaea, Rosea Root Extract, Betula Alba Juice, PortulacaOleracea Extract, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol.
ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Toner PLUS Ingredients:
Water, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, GlycyrrhizaGlabra (Licorice) Root Extract, ChamomillaRecutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, PolygonumCuspidatum Root Extract, CentellaAsiatica Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Althaea Rosea Root Extract, Betula Alba Juice, PortulacaOleracea Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium HyaluronateCrosspolymer, Beta-Glucan, Betaine,Panthenol, Cellulose Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, ScutellariaBaicalensis Root Extract.