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Best Korean Toner Pads for All 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 makes 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 simple and indulgent skincare lovers.

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. 

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Toner Pads for Skin Types

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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Korean Toner Pads For DRY SKIN

Dermatory Cica Rescue Gauze Pad

Dermatory Cica Rescue gauze pad

Dermatory Cica Rescue Gauze Pad

Ideal for dry, sensitive skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
3 ingredients on moderate hazard

$18 ~ $22

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, Butylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Guaiazulene, Honey Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Polysorbate 80, Caffeine, Carbomer, Disodium Edta

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The Lab by Blanc Doux Oligo Hyaluronic Acid 7 Multi-Formula Pad

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)

$24 ~ $34

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

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Toner Pads For OILY + Acne Prone Skin

Bring Green Carrot Vita Toner Pad

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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

$17 ~ $38

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, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Rose Flower Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Lactate, Gluconolactone, Panthenol, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cyanocobalamin, Citric Acid, Glycine Max (Soybean) Oil, Beta-Carotene, Tocopherol, Caffeine, Disodium EDTA, Limonene

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Toner Pads For SENSITIVE Skin

Round Lab 1025 Dokdo Pad

Round lab Dokdo pad

Round Lab 1025 Dokdo Pad

Ideal for dry, sensitive, normal, oily skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
All low hazard

$20 ~ $27

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

Purified Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sea Water, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Gluconolactone, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Citrate, Glyceryl Glucoside, Protease, Betaine, Tromethamine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA

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COSRX One Step Green Hero Calming Pad

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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

$14 ~ $22

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 Leaf Water(Green tea water), Butylene Glycol, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Lactobionic Acid, Maltodextrin, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Glycerine, Arginine, Allantoin, Asiaticoside, Asiatic acid, Madecassic acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Menthyl Lactate, Mentha Haplocalix Extract

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Bestselling Toner Pad For BRIGHTENING

Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Toner Pad

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

$20 ~ $25

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,Glycerin,Dipropylene Glycol,Methylpropanediol,Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract(1,000ppm),Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract,Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract,Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract,Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract,Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil,Corallina Officinalis Extract,Althaea Rosea Flower Extract,Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil,Cananga Odorata Flower Oil,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil,Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract,Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract,Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract,Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract,Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract,Hydroxyacetophenone,Choleth-24,Hydroxyethyl Urea,Allantoin,Caprylyl Glycol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Butylene Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol,Niacinamide,3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid,Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid,Caffeine,Xanthan Gum,Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool

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CLEANSING Pad

Solved Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads

Solved Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads

Ideal for dry, normal skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
All ingredients on low hazard

$25

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, Caprylic/Capric Tryglycerides, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate

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BODY Pad

Ariul Stress Relieving Daily Pick Toning Pad

Ariul Stress Relieving Daily Pick Toning Pad

Ideal for oily skin

Ingredient Safety by EWG:
5 ingredients on moderate hazard

$5 ~ $8

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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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.

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