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Toner vs Essence: Which is Better?

Toner vs Essence: Which is Better?
Schané Flowers
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In all the advice that you have heard of what to add to your skin routine, you've probably also heard the words "toner" and "essence" being thrown around. If you look at the two products, you'll be tempted to assume there's virtually no difference, however, you would be wrong. Fear not, we've broken down the differences between the two.

What is essence?

The primary purpose of an essence, one of the most unique products in Korean skincare, is to soothe the skin at a cellular level and help boost cell turnover. Considered the most important step in a K-beauty skincare routine, this also encourages a smoother and more even complexion and texture. Basically, an essence in your skincare routine will make everything you layer on after it (i.e. serum, moisturizer, etc...) work more effectively!



What is a toner?

Most American women are familiar with toners. A toner is a step in skincare that precedes an essence. It clears the skin of residue from your cleansers, and environmental pollutants from the day. American toners are generally considered harsher than Korean toners that "refresh" the skin and prep it for the rest of the routine.


Which is better—toner or essence?

Honestly, it depends on what benefits you're going for. Need to improve your skin texture? Essence for skincare sounds like the choice for you! If you're just looking for the best way to prep your skin for the rest of your routine, a toner is your go-to!

Both serve a valiant purpose in the world of skincare, but it's up to you to decide how you'll treat your skin. When it comes to the health of your skin, making the best decision post is the biggest priority. You want products with quality ingredients that speak to the specific needs of your skin type. If a toner would be too harsh for your skin, then maybe an essence is just what you've been searching for! Add one to your routine today!


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Schané Flowers
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A beauty enthusiast by heart and a plant lover, I'm always looking for the latest and greatest in skincare and beauty, especially clean and organic! I think everyone's entitled to high quality skincare at any budget, and I'm always on the lookout for what's new in the industry be it tips, tricks, or products!