AsianBeauty

questions

So I’m a male looking to get more into skincare, and was looking for a product for my dehydrated oily skin, but I’m confused on the difference between toners and essences.

So I’m a male looking to get more into skincare, and was looking for a product for my dehydrated oily skin, but I’m confused on the difference between toners and essences. My understanding is that they’re both meant to hydrate skin, but an essence is usually more lightweight? If I’m looking to start the 7 skin method, would an essence be better? Sorry for the long post, just looking for some help! Thanks!

avatar
issathrowaway__
14 Answers
Contributor
1 people found this helpful

Essences can be confusing because there are first treatment essences (FTEs, like super thin toners usually with ferments) and regular essences (thicker like serums). Usually you can do a little sleuthing of the product ingredient list and online reviews to figure out what is what. You can definitely use an FTE as part of the 7 skin method (1-3 layers), but I would recommend picking up some other toner(s) to use in conjunction with that as well. An essence essence would go after your toner layers.

Was this answer helpful? Helpful
Contributor
1 people found this helpful

So AB toners are usually balancing or moisturising, and used right after cleansing. It's a very nice step but not everyone needs it. Essences and serums are usually thicker and achieve a specific purpose - such as niacinamide for brightening. You could also do without if you choose to.

Don't start new products all at once, in case you have a reaction and can't determine which product you're sensitive to

Was this answer helpful? Helpful

Thanks for the reply! I think I’m going to start off with just a toner. Are there any that you would recommend or any place that you would recommend looking? Theres so many I’m not exactly sure where to start.

You could also strat with a toner that is also kinda like an essence for example pyunkang yul essence toner is really good and you can get a 100ml for about 15$ :)

Thanks for the reply! I was actually just looking at this one, but now I’m stuck between this one and the Hada Labo Gokujun Lotion since it seems they both have good reviews haha.

Hahaha the worst feeling ever! Having to choose between 2 ab products! For me i find the hada labo one perfect for winter because it's a bit more rich and pyunkang yul more for everyday use. But everyone has a different skin ;)

Where are you or what's the climate like? That really affects where and what products you have access to. Also what kind of skin issues do you want to target?

I’m from New York so the air is starting to get cold/dry. I have acne, which is what I’m looking to fix in the long run I guess, but my problem I have now is dehydrated skin/damaged moisture barrier from over exfoliating.

Oh yeah a toner or moisturiser is definitely the place to start! I like the Mamonde rose water toner for hydration, and I use sleeping packs as moisturiser to seal it in

awesome i’ll look into it, thank you!

Contributor
1 people found this helpful

You have that backward--toners are usually more lightweight & watery. They're going to be the best thing to use for a multiple skin method.

You just want to make sure you have a hydrating toner & not a pH adjusting toner or an astrigent toner.

Was this answer helpful? Helpful

Ah, good thing I asked. Thank you!

It probably wouldn't hurt to use multiple layers of essence, but it won't be cost effective. You can get hydrating toners pretty cheap.

The first essences are lighter than toners. Otherwise essences are thicker. These terms are used loosely buy some brands.

Welcome to Narfar!
Narfar is a search engine built for communities to ask questions and find the most best answers.

Sign Up Ask a Question
Community Rules
It is fine to disagree or share opinions, but please remain constructive and refrain from being rude to others. We have a zero tolerance policy against offensive behavior.