I Swear By This K-Beauty "Toner Mask" Hack for Clearer, More Hydrated Skin

Curated via Twitter from Allure’s twitter account….

I was already intrigued by the "Wonderland" singer's naturally gorgeous style, but it only took her two seconds to fully catch my attention — more precisely, when she applied her toner (I believe it's Blanc & Eclare's Effervescent Toner) onto cotton pads and left them on her cheeks and T-zone as mini face masks.

Mona Gohara, board-certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, uses toner masks for similar reasons. "Toner masks are a perfect solution to those combination skin woes — put a patch where you need a little bit more of this or that, and leave your other skin alone," she says.

I've personally been using Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner because it contains a gentle six percent of polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to exfoliate dead skin cells.

You can count TWICE's Mina among the fans of a mini essence face mask, who recently posted this masking snap on Instagram, using a Best of Beauty Award-winning Estée Lauder Micro Essence Treatment Lotion (TWICE members are brand ambassadors for Estée Lauder Korea).

PHAs, for the uninitiated, offer the most gentle (and less irritating) chemical exfoliation of all the acids. "The molecules of PHAs are much larger and therefore cannot penetrate as deeply as AHAs and BHAs; they work exclusively on the surface, without disturbing the deeper delicate layers," New York City board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler previously told Allure.

Whether you've been patting in your toner or gently sweeping a cotton pad of toner all over your face, consider toner-masking yet another option to do good for your skin.

Depending on what your skin concerns are, you can also substitute the toner for a hydrating essence, like Missha's Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (which is shown in the GIF) or Peach & Lily's Wild Dew Essence.

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