As the temperature turns from cool to frigid, an everyday moisturizer might not be all you need to properly hydrate your skin. Dull, dehydrated skin requires a little extra TLC this time of year. Instead of adding another product to your routine though, consider adopting the latest trend in Korean skincare: the toner washing method. As you can see in the video below, Peach & Lily founder Alicia Yoon has already updated her regimen with this new technique.
Koh Kim, founder of Korean skincare brand EVENPRIME, tells us that it’s all about mixing toner and water together for extra cleansing and moisturizing. “Toner wash is the third step of cleansing after your oil-based cleanser and foaming cleanser,” she explains. “It’s a way to add some hydration to your usual rinse-off.” After making your mixture — which should contain a ratio of one part toner to nine parts water — splash your face with the souped-up liquid to help quench a thirsty complexion and fully reap all the goodness the toner has to offer.
Toners that work best for this technique include active ingredients and antioxidants, like Natural Pacific Fresh Herb Calendula Tincture Toner ($19). It’s packed with papaya extract, calendula flower, and fermented malt beer (cheers!), which work together to nourish irritated skin and keep it resilient. “Initially, toner cleansing was a solution for those trying to heal acne-prone or sensitive skin,” Kim says. “For some people, it clears up blemishes, and for others, it adds more moisture, but all skin types can benefit from the toner washing method.” Regardless of the toner you use or the results you’re after, Kim reminds us that good skin is all about the power of routine. Words to live by, people!