best toner pads for skin types

Korean toner pads: Best products for skin types

Regardless if you’re new into the skincare world, you’ve most likely come across the word ‘Toner’. For a long time, toners were mainly packaged and sold as an astringent. They contained a large percentage of alcohol that stripped the skin of EVERYTHING, leaving it tight and dry. 

Luckily for us, toners have come a long way and have been formulated to fit multiple needs, for ALL Skin types. Toners are now seen as a preparation stage for our pores. Their light-weight consistency make them the perfect product to absorb deep within the skin, creating the best base for our other thicker products. 

Depending on your lifestyle, skin type, and concerns, everyone’s skincare routine can vary. Some routines consist of a cleanser and moisturizer, and others prefer to indulge in a hefty ’10 step skincare routine’. Toner pads are a product that saves time, whilst delivering a range of benefits for both the simple and indulgent skincare lovers.

Toner Pads for Skin Types

What are toner pads?

Toner pads are essentially pads (usually made from cotton) that are pre-soaked in a toner. They are a hygienic way to distribute products onto our skin and can be used as both a gentle physical exfoliant or sheet mask. In addition, Toner pads save us that extra step of purchasing and applying toner onto a separate cotton pad. I like to think of toner pads as your exfoliator, sheet mask, and toner all in one. Making them great for every day or traveling. 

Types of pads + How to use

Toner pads come in a variety of different ways. Depending on their ingredients and texture, they can be used to meet specific needs, for ALL different skin types.

The main types of toner pads include:

Cleansing pads

Cleansing pads are pads that are pre-soaked with cleansing water/oil. They help break down dirt, cleansing the face similar to a cleansing wipe.

How to use:
For makeup removal, place two pads on each eye and hold for a few seconds. Then, gently rub removing any eye makeup and proceed to swipe all over the face and neck. Make sure to wash the skin after and go in with another cleanser.

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Peeling (Exfoliating) pads

My favourite choice, Peeling pads. These are used for exfoliating the skin both chemically and physically. They contain AHA, BHA or PHA and are often paired with a gauze texture for extra exfoliation. However, peeling pads can be harsh compared to other pads and are recommended to use only a few times a week. 

How to use:
After cleansing, use the textured side to lightly exfoliate the face. For a mask, place a few pads (cotton side) on areas with clogged pores and leave on for a few minutes. Finally, Pat in any remaining essence and continue with your routine. 

!TIP I like to cut my pads in half to fit my nose and chin area better.

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Soothing/Hydrating pads

These pads are more suitable for daily use and contain ingredients that help hydrate/soothe the skin. Soothing pads are thinner in texture and adhere to the skin, making them good to use as a sheet mask. 

How to use:
After cleansing, Swipe the pad over the face gently and pat in excess product. For a mask, Place a few pads all over the face or in inflamed areas and leave on for 5-7 minutes. Lastly, Pat in any remaining essence and continue with your routine.

! Toner pads dry quicker than sheet masks so don’t leave them on for too long.

Brightening pads

These pads can include brightening ingredients such as Niacinamide, Light exfoliants, or Vitamin C. They are gentler than peeling pads and can, therefore, be used more frequently. 

How to use:
After cleansing, Swipe the pad over the face gently and pat in excess product. For a mask, Place a few pads all over the face or in specific areas and leave on for 5-7 minutes. Lastly, Pat in any remaining essence and continue with your routine.

Product Recommendations

Before purchasing, don’t forget to check skincare ingredients on labels and where to look for information, EWG Skin Deep ratings could help you as a reference point. For details, head EWG (Environment Working Group) official website.

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DRY SKIN

Dermatory Cica Rescue gauze pad
Dermatory Cica Rescue gauze pad

Ideal for dry, sensitive skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
3 ingredients on moderate hazard

This pad is a great option for dry and sensitive skin. It does a good job at cooling for days when the skin feels inflamed and needs extra hydration. Dermatory Cica Rescue Cauze Pad has two textures: one is a rougher gauze great for exfoliation and the other, is softer cotton which can be used to soothe the skin. This pad comes with a lot of essences and can be messy, but the excess of essence makes it great to use as a sheet mask. 

Good Ingredients:
Glycerin and honey (humectants that hydrate deep within the skin). Guaiazulene (PHA), Centella Asiatica leaf water and Chamomilla Recutita (soothe and provide anti-bacterial properties to the skin)

ingredients

Water solv, Butylene Glycol h|solv|vc 0 1, Methylpropanediol solv, Glycerin sii|h 0 0, Dipropylene Glycol solv|perf|vc, Guaiazulene amic|perf, Honey Extract h, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil aox|emo|perf 0 02, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hydroxyacetophenone aox, Hydroxyethyl Urea h, Allantoin so 0 0, Hydroxyethylcellulose vc, 1,2-Hexanediol solv, Caprylyl Glycol h|emo, Ethylhexylglycerin pres, Tromethamine buff, Sodium Hyaluronate sii|h 0 0, Hydrolyzed Collagen emo|h, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan surf|vc, Polysorbate 80 emu|surf 0 0, Caffeine aox|perf, Carbomer vc 0 1, Disodium Edta chel|vc
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The lab Oligo Hyaluronic 7 Multi-Formula Pad
The lab by Blanc doux Oligo Hyaluronic Acid 7 Multi-Formula Pad

Ideal for dry, sensitive, normal, oily skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
Most ingredients on low hazard except 1 ingredient on moderate hazard (limited data)

This is a great moisturizing and soothing pad for Dry, Sensitive, and De-hydrated oily skin. It comes with large, soft pads that are great to use as a mask and delivers the essence nicely. This is especially nice to use during the hot summer months when everyone’s skin could use some extra hydration and cooling.

Good ingredients:
Sodium hyaluronate (Hydrator) and panthenol (Strengthens skin barrier). Various extracts such as Ruscus Aculeatus root extract, Centella Asiatica, and Chamomilla Recutita (Calming and fighting against free-radicals). 

! TIP Keep these pads in the fridge before use, for an extra cooling and de-puffing effect

ingredients

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate (2500ppm), Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Panthenol, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Betaine, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin

OILY + Acne Prone

Bring Green Carrot vita toner pad
Bring Green Carrot vita toner pad

Ideal for oily skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
Most ingredients on low hazard except 2 ingredients on moderate hazard

This product contains both BHA + PHA both mild exfoliators great for Oily, De-hydrated oily, and Acne-prone skin. The pads are medium-sized, made from cotton with one textured side. This product works well as a mask and is good for brightening the skin whilst helping prevent acne.

Good Ingredients:
Willow Bark Extract (BHA) and Gluconolactone (PHA) (Gentle chemical exfoliants). Carrot water and Carrot vita complex (Fruit extract, Carrot seed oil, etc) (Hydration, Soothing, and Brightening)

ingredients

Water solv, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Water, Butylene Glycol h|solv|vc 0 1, Glycerin sii|h 0 0, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract so, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract aox|emo, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil perf, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract perf, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract aox|so|sb|perf, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil perf, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil perf, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil perf, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil so|aacne|aox|amic|perf, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil emo, Rose Flower Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol solv, Sodium Lactate buff|h, Gluconolactone exf|chel, Panthenol so|h 0 0, Allantoin so 0 0, Caprylyl Glycol h|emo, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate surf|emu, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Ethylhexylglycerin pres, Cyanocobalamin, Citric Acid buff, Glycine Max (Soybean) Oil emo, Beta-Carotene, Tocopherol aox 03 03, Caffeine aox|perf, Disodium EDTA chel|vc, Limonene perf|solv
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SENSITIVE

Round lab Dokdo pad
Round lab 1025 Dokdo pad

Ideal for dry, sensitive, normal, oily skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
All low hazard

This is a great pad for Oily and De-hydrated oily skin. It contains PHA and one side has gauze for gentle exfoliation. The other side is soft cotton making it good to use over breakouts. This is a nice option for people who suffer from occasional breakouts and want a gentle daily exfoliator. 

Good Ingredients:
Gluconolactone (PHA) and Sugar cane (gentle chemical exfoliator), Glycerin and Gyceral glucoside (Moisturiser), Panthenol, Betaine and Allantoin (Protection, Strengthening skins barrier, Soothing)

ingredients

Water solv, Glycerin sii|h 0 0, Butylene Glycol h|solv|vc 0 1, Propanediol solv|h, Sea Water h|solv, Chondrus Crispus Extract h|vc, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract h, 1,2-Hexanediol solv, Panthenol so|h 0 0, Gluconolactone exf|chel, Hydroxyacetophenone aox, Sodium Citrate chel|buff, Glyceryl Glucoside h, Protease, Betaine h, Tromethamine buff, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate so|h, Ethylhexylglycerin pres, Allantoin so 0 0, Tocopherol aox 03 03, Xanthan Gum vc|emu|surf, Disodium EDTA chel|vc
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COSRX One Step Green hero calming pad

Ideal for sensitive, normal, oily skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
Most ingredients on low hazard except 2 ingredients on moderate hazard

This pad is good for Sensitive and Acne-prone skin. The pad is made from cotton and contains one textured side which works as a gentle exfoliator. It’s a good choice for cooling and calming irritated skin when applied as a mask for a few minutes.

Good Ingredients:
75% Green tea water and Centella Asiatica (Soothing, Hydrating), 0.25% PHA (Gentle exfoliation)

ingredients

Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol h|solv|vc 0 1, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract so|aox|h|surf, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract so|amic, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract amic|perf, Artemisia Princeps (Mugwort) Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol solv, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Lactobionic Acid exf|buff, Maltodextrin, Panthenol so|h 0 0, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate surf|emu, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Glycerine sii|h 0 0, Arginine sii, Allantoin so 0 0, Asiaticoside aox|perf, Asiatic Acid , Madecassic Acid , Sodium Hyaluronate sii|h 0 0, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil perf, Menthyl Lactate, Mentha Arvensis (Corn Mint) Extract
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BRIGHTENING

Goodhal Green Tangerine Vita C Toner pad
Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Toner pad

Ideal for normal, oily skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
Most ingredients on low hazard except 3 ingredients on moderate hazard

This is a cult favorite in Korea and works wonders for brightening the skin’s complexion. The pad is made from cotton and has a slight yellow tint to it, It also has one soft and one textured side. This pad is hydrating and great for use as a pack on specific areas. However, this product does contain potentially irritating ingredients like lemon peel oil and various aroma oils so it is not recommended for sensitive skin. 

Good Ingredients:
Niacinamide and Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether (Brightening and controlling sebum), Sugar cane (Gentle exfoliant) 

ingredients

Water solv, Glycerin sii|h 0 0, Dipropylene Glycol solv|perf|vc, Methylpropanediol solv, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract(1,000Ppm), Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract aox|so|sb|perf, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil perf, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil perf, Lavender Oil amic|perf, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil perf, Orange Peel Oil perf, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract perf, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract h, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Hydroxyacetophenone aox, Choleth-24 emu|surf 0 0, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hydroxyethyl Urea h, Allantoin so 0 0, Caprylyl Glycol h|emo, Ethylhexylglycerin pres, Butylene Glycol h|solv|vc 0 1, 1,2-Hexanediol solv, Niacinamide cci|sb|aacne|h, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether(100Ppm) aox|sb, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid h, Caffeine aox|perf, Xanthan Gum vc|emu|surf, Disodium Edta chel|vc
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CLEANSING

Solved Coconut oil Cleansing pads

Ideal for dry, normal skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
All ingredients on low hazard

Although I’m not the biggest fan of coconut oil as they can be clogging for the pores. This cleansing pad has been formulated for the skin and does a great job at removing stubborn makeup for that first cleanse. I would, however, recommend using another cleanser afterward to remove any residue. 

Good Ingredients:
This is free from parabens, pigment, artificial fragrance, surfactants, mineral oil, alcohol, and silicone, Making it suitable for sensitive skin. Contains 52% Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Moisturiser, Emollient) 

ingredients

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil emo|perf 0 4, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides emo, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate emo|emu
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BODY

Ariul Stress relieving Daily pick toning pad

Ideal for oily skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
5 ingredients on moderate hazard

Like with all of these pads, If it’s safe to use on the face then It’s safe for the body. This product contains the strongest concentration of chemical exfoliants. It can be slightly sensitizing all over the face and therefore Is best as a pore mask to dissolve whiteheads or for body acne. The product comes in a tissue type packaging and Is also the most cost-effective.

Good Ingredients:
Salicylic acid and willow bark extract (BHA), Glycolic acid (AHA), Tea tree oil (Balancing oil).

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