The Difference between Toners and Essences

I am sure that as people who are passionate about cosmetics and skincare, you have heard about Toners and Essences. I am also sure though, that some of you have been confused by the differences between the two (I was too…). So that is why I decided to write this short blog and help you solve this conundrum once and for all!

Toners and essences both represent a key part of the Korean skincare routine. In fact, they normally come in sequential steps following a cleanser. However, while they sometime may look similar in their packaging, they play a very different role in the skincare routine.

Toner, is to be applied after using a cleanser and it helps with removing any remaining oils, dust and impurities left on the skin as well as balancing the pH level of the skin. Furthermore, a toner should be normally applied on the skin using a cotton pad.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner Line


An essence on the other hand, soothes the skin, provides it with a boost of hydration and better prepares it to absorb the serum and moisturizer that come in the steps afterwards. Furthermore, as opposed to a toner, an essence is better off applied using the palm of your hands by gently pat them on the face, forehead and neck.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Essence

Well there you have it! I hope this blog helped you better understand the differences between toners and essences and the different roles they play in the Korean skincare routine :)


* This Blog was written to provide general information only and should not be seen as a replacement for a professional medical consultation. It is highly recommended to always consult your healthcare provider prior to trying a new treatment or a product.

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