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Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner

Let’s be honest, toners are often not part of our skin care routine here in Scandinavia. Traditionally, toners were recommended to us by dermatologists as a part of our face wash routine to remove excess dirt. This has evolved, and nowadays the idea of a toner also includes the notion to re-establish the pH balance of our skin. After using an alkaline cleanser (pH of 8-9) it helps to revert our skin to a normal/healthy and slightly acidic pH of 4-5. But is that really it?

In Korean skin care, toners play a lot more important role. Not only are they known to support the cleansing process and rebalance the pH level of your skin, but they are used to provide nutrients to your skin and prepare it for your remaining skin care routine

After cleansing, your skin is naturally in a more fragile condition. The cleanser has removed elements of your skin that need to be replenished. This is where a toner swoops in to deliver antioxidants, amino acids, and other nutrients to protect your skin. It’s like food for your skin.

On top, toners prep your skin for the rest of your skin care routine. Let us visualize this with an example. Picture a sponge. How difficult is it to quickly and effectively soak up a completely dried up sponge? It does take a while! However, if the sponge is already damp, everything that comes after will absorb much faster. Essentially the “dampening”/preparation of your skin is another fundamental role of a toner. It effectively helps your skin to better soak up the nutrients and benefits of the products that come at a later stage of your skin care routine.

In Korea, they refrain from using the word toner. They’re often called “refreshers,” “skin softener,” and simply “skin.” We applaud this choice — the word toner sounds utterly tedious and mundane.

When it comes to the question of how to apply toners, the misconception often holds that spraying or misting is the way to go. While this is the easy and convenient way, wiping or tapping it onto your skin is actually much better. Depending on your skin type, we would recommend different approaches. If you have oily or combination skin, use a cotton pad and wipe the toner from the inner to the outer part of the face. If you have normal to dry and sensitive skin, some experts have recommended to use your hands instead and apply the toner through a tapping motion, that due to the heat of the hands, helps to absorb the toner better and faster into your skin.

So whether you want to dispense it on a cotton pad or sprinkle it onto your hand, find out what works best for you. In any case, you will soon notice that using a well-formulated toner will get you undeniable results. And from being just another optional skin care step, toners will become a must-have for you.

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