If you’ve been anywhere near #beautytok, you’d have probably noticed the increasing number of toner pads going viral.
Toner pads are a godsend for lazy and busy girls, and it’s almost surprising that this simple innovation of pairing a toner with its customised cotton pads didn’t catch on sooner!
With that said, let’s look at why you should probably include toner pads in your skincare routine, as well as the best toner pads for different skin types on the market right now!
Why you should use toner pads
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The main reason why toner pads are flying off the shelves is because they are just so easy to use. Since toner pads are pre-soaked with the toner solution, you’ll be saving time from pouring the toner onto your cotton pad every day.
The amount of product on each pad will also stay consistent, which means that you’ll be applying the right amount of toner to your skin each time. By eliminating the risk of accidentally pouring too much toner onto a cotton pad, you’ll get to save more products and money!
Some toner pads also come with biodegradable pads, making them more environmentally friendly compared to using regular toners with disposable cotton pads.
Different ways to use toner pads
Now that we’ve convinced you of the benefits of incorporating toner pads into your skincare routine, let us show you four different ways you can use them!
Regular toning and exfoliation
Just like regular toners, toner pads can help to restore your skin’s natural pH balance after cleansing, as well as to prepare your skin to better absorb other products you apply afterwards.
Most toner pads also have an embossed side that will aid in removing your dead skin cells, unclogging your pores, and improving your skin texture. It can also remove any remaining traces of makeup, dirt, and impurities that your cleanser may have missed.
DIY sheet mask for targeted treatment
Because these pads are typically small and circular in shape, you can easily target your skin concerns on specific areas of your face with different toner pads. You can, for example, apply a pore-treatment toner pad on your cheeks while simultaneously using an acne-care toner pad on your forehead.
Refresh and hydrate
To enjoy chilled refreshing pads at any time of day to soothe your skin after a hot day out or a workout, simply pop your toner pad in the refrigerator! Since many toner pads contain hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, you can also use them as a pick-me-up for a quick moisture boost.
With that out of the way, let’s look at the best toner pads for various skin types that you won’t want to miss!
Best toner pads for oily and acne-prone skin
COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad
If you’re a K-beauty junkie, you’ll know that the COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad is the OG of all toner pads, appearing in nearly every recommended skincare video for K-beauty on YouTube.
Now, the COSRX One Step Clear Pad has been upgraded with a new packaging that includes a tweezer to make your skincare much more hygienic, as well as an addition of 5ml of essence.
This toner pad is ideal for acne-prone skin because it contains 1% BHA (beta hydroxy acid) to treat acne, pimples, and blackheads. It’s also infused with 85.9% willow bark water to exfoliate dead skin cells and boost cell turnover, as well as tea tree oil, the holy grail ingredient for acne-prone skin, to soothe breakouts!
Dr.Jart+ Pore Remedy PHA Renewing Dual Toner Pads
The Dr.Jart+ Pore Remedy PHA Renewing Dual Toner Pads is an excellent exfoliating toner pad for sensitive, oily skin with excess sebum and enlarged pores.
It contains 7% PHA (polyhydroxy acids), a third generation hypoallergenic peeling ingredient, to gently exfoliate your skin and 1% panthenol to strengthen your skin barrier.
What we like best about Dr.Jart+ Pore Remedy PHA Renewing Dual Toner Pads is that the large pads are made of 100% pure cotton, which reduces skin irritation.
As seen in @lifeisahighway95’s TikTok video, the toner pad can be easily divided into two and used as a pore-care sheet mask!
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Dr.Jart+ Pore Remedy PHA Renewing Dual Toner Pads (60 pads) retails for RM100.09 and is available at Shopee.
ANUA Heartleaf 77 Clear Pad
If you have sensitive skin, the ANUA Heartleaf 77 Clear Pad is a must-have in your toner pad collection. This hypoallergenic toner pad contains ANUA’s patented ingredient, Anti-Sebum P, which reduces sebum secretion and minimises pores.
With PHA and its perforated side, this toner pad not only removes skin waste and dead skin cells without irritating your skin, but will also maintain your skin’s oil-moisture balance.
With all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why the ANUA Heartleaf 77 Clear Pad is trending on TikTok!
Best toner pads for dry and dull skin
Torriden DIVE IN Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Multi Pad
At first glance, you can already feel how cooling and refreshing Torriden DIVE IN Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Multi Pad will be thanks to malachite extract, an ingredient which gives the toner pad its natural pastel blue colour.
This toner pad, infused with 5D-Complex hyaluronic acid, provides an instant hydration boost to your skin, leaving it more dewy and smoother. It also has allantoin and white willow bark extract for gentle exfoliation and skin soothing.
Designed to be multi-purpose, you can use Torriden DIVE IN Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Multi Pad as a regular toner and exfoliant, or leave the moon-shaped soft cotton pads on your skin for up to three minutes for a quick skin treatment!
Round Lab Birch Moisturizing Pad
What sets Round Lab Birch Moisturising Pad apart from other toner pads is that it is three-layered, which means it can hold more amount of essence.
This toner pad is not only ideal for immediate cooling and maintaining moisture balance when your skin becomes overheated, which is a common problem in sunny Singapore, but it is also infused with aquaxil, xylitol, and glucose from birch and beech to moisturise your skin.
It also contains panthenol, allantoin, and dipotassium glyceride, which help to soothe tired and irritated skin, making it the perfect spot treatment for any time of day!
Round Lab Birch Moisturizing Pad (80 pads) retails for US$28 (~RM130.83) at Round Lab official website, and RM104.09 at Shopee. A discount is offered at the time of writing. Tap in to see updated price!
Numbuzin No.3 Radiance Glowing Jumbo Essence Pad
Nothing beats the Numbuzin No.3 Radiance Glowing Jumbo Essence Pad for blending all of the best ingredients in a single product – its pre-soaked toner pads are soaked in a rich essence of 50 different fermented ingredients, including skin-soybean ferment and grape ferment extracts.
These fermented ingredients not only nourish your skin, but they also provide deep hydration while gently exfoliating dead skin cells. It also contains adenosine and niacinamide, which help to eliminate skin dullness, and sodium hyaluronate, which aids in the effective retention of moisture.
While the ingredient list appears to be lengthy, this toner pad has been dermatologically tested and is therefore suitable for sensitive skin. The Numbuzin No.3 Radiance Glowing Jumbo Essence Pad is also EVE Vegan-certified, so vegans can use it with confidence!
GOODAL Green Tangerine Vita C Toner Pad Plus
The GOODAL Green Tangerine Vita C Toner Pad Plus now comes in new packaging that is even more stylish than before!
This toner pad targets your dull skin with fruit acids that remove old dead skin cells, as well as green tangerine extract and vitamin C derivatives to even out your skin texture and revitalise your skin!
Afraid that all of these acids and vitamin C will be too much for your delicate skin? Don’t worry, because this toner pad has passed the skin irritation test and is hypoallergenic!
It also contains low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which relieves dryness and keeps your skin moisturised.
To get extra exfoliation on areas like the tip of your nose, forehead, and chin, simply use the dotted pattern side of the vegan certified toner pad to remove your skin waste and dead skin cells!
GOODAL Green Tangerine Vita C Toner Pad Plus (70 pads) retails for US$19.99 (~RM92.98) at Club Clio official website, and RM99 and is available at Shopee. A discount is offered at the time of writing. Tap in to see updated price!
Best toner pads for sensitive and ageing skin
Abib Heartleaf Spot pad Calming touch
The Abib Heartleaf Spot Pad Calming Touch is a face cleansing pad that is gentle enough for even the most delicate skin.
This toner pad effectively reduces inflammation, redness, and irritation by utilising heartleaf extract at 40,000ppm and other skin calming ingredients such as houttuynia cordata extract, althaea rosea flower extract, and allantoin.
Your skin will also be deeply hydrated and glowing as a result of key ingredients like butylene glycol and sodium hyaluronate.
Furthermore, the pads have dual textures that gently cleanse away excess dead skin cells and oil while balancing your skin’s pH.
With all of these skincare benefits, it’s no surprise that the Abib Heartleaf Spot pad Calming Touch is currently the most popular toner pad in Korea!
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Abib Heartleaf Spot pad Calming touch (75 pads) retails for RM105 and is available at Shopee.
Needly Daily Toner Pads
Needly Daily Toner Pads is one of the most popular toner pads in Korea, renowned for its ability to effectively exfoliate, improve skin texture, and enhance natural glow to create younger-looking skin!
This daily peel pads is formulated with natural tea tree extract, BHA, and PHA to gently exfoliate your skin while slowing skin ageing and reducing wrinkles and fine lines to reveal smoother, brighter skin tone.
It is also suitable for the ladies with more sensitive skin because it contains salicylic acid to help reduce redness and irritation.
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Needly Daily Toner Pads (60 pads) retails for RM217 and is available at Shopee. A discount is offered at the time of writing. Tap in to see updated price!
Mediheal Collagen Ampoule Pad
What distinguishes the Mediheal Collagen Ampoule Pad from other toner pads is its iconic square cotton pads, which are made of 100% plant-derived vegan fibres with no artificial colours or fragrances, and its rounded edges, which fit perfectly on your face.
The Mediheal Collagen Ampoule Pad contains collagen, ceramide, and milk Protein to nourish and firm your ageing skin, effectively targeting fine lines and wrinkles.
What’s more, these active ingredients can help to improve skin depression in areas like your eyes, cheeks, smile lines, and forehead!
Mediheal Collagen Ampoule Pad (100 pads) retails for RM90.89 and is available at iHerb.
Featured image credits: @what_is_lada/TikTok, @darekelly/TikTok, @songofskin/TikTok