Best Korean exfoliating toners
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I have written about the best Korean toners for oily skin and surprisingly, a lot of you enjoyed that post so I’m here to share some of the best Korean exfoliating toners with you. But What’s the difference between regular toners and exfoliating toners? Normal toners are typically used to balance the skin’s pH, hydrate, and prepare it for other skincare products. Exfoliating toners, on the other hand, contain ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) that help remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote skin cell turnover. They are more targeted at addressing issues like uneven texture, acne, and dullness.
Now that you know the difference, consider adding an exfoliating toner to your skincare routine if you’re not using one yet.
Here are some of the best Korean exfoliating toners out there that will give you that smooth, soft, brighter and healthy-looking skin that you crave so bad. Let’s get into it.
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COSRX BHA blackhead power liquid
This was my first true love. I’m in love and obsessed with this exfoliating toner. In my opinion, this is one of the best Korean exfoliating toners out there. I used it for just 3 days and my face was soft and smooth, and my whiteheads and blackheads had reduced drastically. I was shocked! It’s quite strong so it can’t be used daily and I use it more on more problematic areas like my chin and nose. Created with a 4% concentration of Betaine Salicylate, an alternative form of BHA, this liquid exfoliant delicately eliminates deceased skin cells and blackheads from within pores while supporting the recovery of blemishes.
Some by Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner
I started using this recently too and it’s so good. One thing I love about it is a weak exfoliation toner so it can be used daily. It helps a lot with acne and my face feels so soft and smooth the following day after using it. It’s Designed for sensitive and acne-prone skin. It incorporates AHA to gently remove dead skin cells, BHA to reduce excess sebum, PHA to safeguard against moisture loss, and tea tree to address acne concerns.
COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
If you’re just getting started on acid toners, you have to try this toner. Infused with a 10% concentration of pyrus malus, or apple water, this formula offers mild exfoliation by eliminating dead surface skin cells and excess oil. Simultaneously, it readies your skin to effectively absorb nourishment and treatments from your subsequent skincare routine. And you guys, it comes in a spray bottle! It makes application so much easier (spray it into a cotton pad or your hands and not directly to your face though) and it’s just genius in my opinion.
Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner
This moisturizing toner is uniquely formulated with a combination of 0.5% BHA and Aloe Vera, providing both hydration and targeted skin care. Through its gentle exfoliation, it efficiently eliminates dead skin cells and blackheads. The inclusion of Aloe Leaf Water, along with Hyaluronic Acid, BHA, and Snail Filtrate, works harmoniously to soothe acne and enhance skin elasticity. Its watery consistency ensures swift and complete absorption of moisture, without leaving any greasy residue or stickiness. Furthermore, its mildly acidic formula renders it compatible with all skin types, including sensitive ones.
Beauty of Joseon Green Plum Refreshing Toner: AHA + BHA
I love the beauty of Joseon, especially their serums, the beauty of Joseon glow deep serum, the beauty of Joseon Revive serum, and the beauty of joseon calming serum. This is also another great product from the brand. Infused with a potent blend, this toner combines 25% green plum water, 2% glycolic acid (an AHA), and 0.5% salicylic acid (a BHA) for a multi-faceted approach. Microbubbles gently eliminate dead skin cells and impurities, while rice bran water and honey extract ensure a soft, plump, and radiant complexion. With an additional 2% mung bean extract and portulaca oleracea extract, it works to soothe the skin, regulate sebum secretion, and minimize pores, resulting in a more refined appearance.
Tips to keep in mind when using an Exfoliating toner
When using an exfoliating toner, here are a few things you need to keep in mind to get the best results
- Always use an exfoliating toner at night
- Use it for only 3-4 times per week
- Always use sunscreen during the day
- Know the kind of serums you’re using together with the toner. Never use retinol or vitamin C together with an exfoliating toner.
- Listen to your skin.
Final thoughts on the best Korean exfoliating toners
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did while writing it. Do you use an exfoliating toner in your skincare routine? Let me know in the comments.