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Toner – Essence – Lotion!

What are their differences between toner, essence and lotion?

All of us who love to learn about new and strange skincare tips, have read about very effective lotions with hyaluronic and active ingredients. Or for the toner for seven skin method and of course many new essences that enter our life dynamically to “disrupt” our routine!

Let’s start from the beginning though, because in the end things are not so confusing as I thought 😎!

However, they are completely addictive, so be careful not to just buy everything; only what is suitable for your face!! 😉


The main function of toner is to restore the lost moisture of our skin after cleansing, balancing its pH, which has been disturbed by water and even more by a double cleansing that is necessary. Of course, here comes the famous 7 skin method with which I have seen a huge difference in my face from the start and I believe that the results will be even greater in the summer! 

Toner also aims at preparing our skin for the absorption of the products that follow the skincare and especially of the active ingredients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and many more. We will analyze those in an article about the active ingredients of our products.

Since I’m talking to you about toner, I can’t fail to mention that it is the predominant category in active ingredients as most toners have acids like AHA, BHA & PHA. 


The crown jewel of the Korean beauty routine. The reason is that the skin of women in Korea has a much thinner moisturizing barrier, so the skin becomes dehydrated and dries out very quickly.

Essences have concentrated ingredients with low molecular weight to be able to penetrate easily and quickly into the skin and prepare it for the next steps. Think of the skin as a sponge that the essence softens so that it can better absorb the next products.

In winter they are more necessary, but generally for Mediterranean skins they do not have special beneficial properties, apart from the comfort in their use as they have a much thinner form.


Is one of the most important steps in Japanese beauty care and rightly so.

It is basically a toner with strong moisturizing action. It is much thicker than the other two and is all about hydration and preparation for the hydration that your next products will have. It is also used for 7 skin method but on very dehydrated skin, because otherwise it will be very heavy for your skin.

CAUTION: It should not contain any alcohol.

I remember when I was little and I had many, many pimples (I know it is not easy to believe it, but you can ask my sister! All she could see back then were my eyes!). Thus, the dermatologist suggested me an astringent toner that made my skin rough.

I will keep telling you this and insist on it strictly: choose products based on the needs of your skin at every season, your daily life but also your own beauty routine.

Also, products containing acids are never used for 7 skin method!

General instructions for choosing the right products (do not really apply to essence)

For dry skin: Rely on formulas that soften the skin with emollients and without alcohol. Check if they contain glycerin or mineral oils.

Although my skin is not dry, this product is just magical! Whoever I gave it to try, he bought it and not unjustly because it is the best essence I have ever tried! You will have a very nice and soft skin.

Missha A Time Revolution. The First Intensive Moist Treatment Essence  

👉 https://amzn.to/3dAB4Kz

Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner (Moisture) 6.76 Oz/200Ml

A toner that once you use it, your skin will be thanking you!

Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner (dry Skin) 👉 https://amzn.to/2JjUlBR 

 For oily skin: Should contain salicylic acid, mainly to gently exfoliate and activate cell regeneration, thus increase the collagen production.

A perfect astringent cleansing lotion with micro-exfoliating action that helps to decongest clogged pores.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Lotion

 For normal skin: In this case, you can have it all! However, prefer glycolic acid as it is stronger than lactic acid, it moisturizes and gives a nice glow.

The lotion that I have been using for the last 2 years and I highly recommend, both for its exceptional effectiveness and for its price!

The Ordinary Glycolic acid 7% 👉 https://amzn.to/2ULImlR 

The amazing Korean lotion that I was often bumping into in foreign articles and I always wanted to try! It is perfect for the 7 skin method!!! You can order it from the link below if you want.

Hada Labo Hyalu ronic lotion 👉 https://amzn.to/2TYwQEj 

For acne prone skin: Prefer astringent and antioxidant products that help repair the skin, but also AHA, BHA for skin renewal.

Well-known to all of us! Glycolic acid lotion that gives us glow and fast skin renewal

Pixi Glow Tonic 👉 https://amzn.to/39lhNte 

A completely natural toner that should not be missing from any bag or bathroom! It reduces acne and is produced by one of my favorites – as you already know – companies, Apeiranthos cosmetics.

Orange blossom & green tea toner 👉 https://apeiranthos-natural-skincare.myshopify.com/collections/products/products/orange-blossom-green-tea-toner 

For sensitive skin: Avoid ingredients such as alcohol, perfumes, and prefer aloe, rose water and of course cotton pads.

I know that its price for some of us is unaffordable, but when you try it you will fall in love and understand the why… It is a treatment for your face. There is also the P50 which is for normal skin and the P50M which is for mature skin.

Biological Search P50W 👉 https://amzn.to/3dzWwzr

Refreshing and soothing cleansing lotion with rose petals. An extremely fresh and non-sticky texture that leaves the skin perfectly clean and smooth.

Nuxe lotion tonique douce

Remember that we always apply in the right way and avoid mistakes! So, use cotton pads!

Apeiranthos Cotton Pads 👉 https://apeiranthos-natural-skincare.myshopify.com/collections/products/products/makeup-remover-pads 

That was it for now! I hope I helped you clarify and better understand some things about toner, essence and lotion, because I have read so much that it was very difficult for me to put them in simple words. Let me know through your comments 😘.

All the products I mention are only suggested driven by my personal use and purchase, and of course are not related to advertising. If I ever suggest an advertising product, I will mention it.

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