We’ve already covered why you need toner (in a nutshell: it’s the one step standing between you and cleaner, clearer skin). Now, it’s time to explore your options. Just like cleansers and moisturizers, toners are formulated to treat specific skin woes—like bad breakouts, for instance, or perpetually dehydrated skin. Below, we’ve listed five common skin complaints and our corresponding recommendations. Smooth, plump, and problem-free skin is right at your fingertips!

PROBLEM: ACNE


IF YOU’RE TREATING YOURSELF: CosRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Toner, P730 (currently on sale at P657)
This toner draws its clarifying strength from two actives. The AHA clears away dead skin cells, while the BHA dislodges pore buildup.

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IF YOU’RE ON A BUDGET: Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Toner, P250
A cocktail of anti-acne ingredients awaits you in this toner. It’s made with apple cider vinegar (which contains AHAs), anti-inflammatory witch hazel, and pore-minimizing vodka.

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PROBLEM: LARGE PORES


IF YOU’RE TREATING YOURSELF: Too Cool For School Rules of Skin Care Pore Tightening Toner, P995 (currently on sale at P746)
The persimmon extract in this toner has a refining effect on crater-like pores. It also uses witch hazel to control sebum production and seaweed to make your skin look supple.

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IF YOU’RE ON A BUDGET: VMV Fine Finish Pore Minimizing Skin Mattifier for Oily Skin, P750
This toner has a two-fold function. First, it constricts the size of your pores so your skin texture looks smoother and more uniform. Second, it controls excess oil, thus mattifying your face and preventing sebum buildup. FYI, buildup in your pores is what makes them look bigger than they really are!

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PROBLEM: DRY PATCHES


IF YOU’RE TREATING YOURSELF: Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner, P1,050 (currently on sale at P880)
This low pH toner has a unique gel-like formula that is ultra hydrating on the face. It doesn’t feel like a toner at all—but rather, a lightweight lotion.

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IF YOU’RE ON A BUDGET: Dearberry Danbi Deep Moist Toner, P596
The ingredients list of this toner reads like a dream for dry skin. It’s got glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and aloe, among other things—all of which are celebrated for their moisturizing power.

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PROBLEM: DARK SPOTS


IF YOU’RE TREATING YOURSELF: Banila Co. White Wedding True Bright Toner, P1,090
Designed for dull and spotty skin, this toner illuminates the face so it appears fresh and glowing. To use it as a spot-correcting treatment, dispense a few drops onto the tip of a cotton bud and concentrate over your problem areas.

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IF YOU’RE ON A BUDGET: Neutrogena Fine Fairness Toner Upgrade, P496
Nothing brightens like Vitamin C, and that just so happens to be the active ingredient in this toner. The formula also boasts of essential soy, which is effective in reducing hyperpigmentation.

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PROBLEM: FINE LINES


IF YOU’RE TREATING YOURSELF: DewyTree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Essence Water, P1,299 (currently on sale at P935)
Enriched with miracle-working snail mucine, this toner has a plumping effect on fine lines, deep furrows, and even old scars. It also makes your face feel incredibly soft and nourished.

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IF YOU’RE (SORT OF) ON A BUDGET: Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin, P900 (sorry, agelessness comes at a price!)
This toner takes it a step further with both snail mucine and bee venom. Yes, venom, the poison from a bee. It might sound strange, but bee venom products are used widely in South Korea to fill in fine lines and firm up the skin. Science, y’all.

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Music:
“Payday” by Silent Partner (YouTube Audio Library)


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