Toner/Essence/Face Mist | TDXO Spring Skincare Guide

The first thing we're going to do here is break down the difference between toner and essence! Because even the skincare enthusiasts can confuse the two - and for what might be the most expensive part of your skincare routine, let's make sure we get it right!


  • Toner - removes the residue on your skin from cleansing and refreshes your skin. And it's main job is to balance the skin's pH.

  • Essence - smooths skin, accelerates regrowth, and gives all the other products you're about to put on your face a big ole boost. It also really drives the moisture into your skin.

And while they're one of the most important step of your skincare routine, they can also be the hardest to find the best fit for what you're troubleshooting or your skin type!


So here's a few of my favorites for you:


The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

This is a Sephora must-have that exfoliates and gives your skin some major radiance. This solution has seven percent glycolic acid, amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng, and tasmanian pepperberry.


Why I love it: it's a great price point for the quality and does a KILLER job of evening out texture, preventing breakouts, and plumping up the skin


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Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner with Moringa + Papaya

This is an alcohol-free, 2% BHA toner that gently exfoliates, cleans pores and controls oil without over-stripping skin - and great for oily or combination skin! If you're working on large pores, oiliness, or uneven texture, this is a great fit for you!


Why I love it: once again, the price point for quality is excellent. It brightens your skin each use and visibly shrinks those empty pores down, YES.


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Lancôme Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner with Acacia Honey

This is a soothing and moisturizing toner that gently cleanses and hydrates dry skin for a smooth, glowing appearance. It's also great for ALL skin types, which is a big plus! You're going to want this if you're struggling with dry or uneven skin.


Why I love it: It’s a little thicker than most toners so it’s great for when you’re having skin sensitivities or feeling like a sharp toner is too much after using some heavy hitting peels or exfoliants.


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The Optimist - Hydrating, Brightening Essence

Amplifies the look of skin’s hydration and brightness with a proprietary blend of antioxidants, amino acids, polysaccharides, phytonutrients, and fatty acids, such as Sake, White Tea, Chia Seed, Astaxanthin, and Licorice Extracts for radiant, nourished, glowing skin. If you read my feature on NakedPoppy products, you'll know already that I am head over heels in love with this essence.


Why I love it: okay, buckle in. Alright, y'all. This is THE GREATEST essence I've ever used. Hands down. Obsessed. I'm already on my second bottle. It visible brightens, tones, lifts, plumps and refreshes skin. If you've never used an essence before, please google korean skincare right now. This is one of the keys to vibrant skin all thanks to nutrient-rich products. Your skincare should be mineral and nutrient dense, just like your food.


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Tatcha The Essence Plumping Skin Softener

This is a Japanese, antiaging toner with 98.7 percent hadasei-3, a concentrate of nourishing green tea, rice, and algae. Japan’s three essential nutrients for skin health and youthful radiance. It's great for all skin types and can be used daily!


Why I love it: instantly doubles skin’s natural moisture content, above and beyond the results from a moisturizer, softening and plumping the look of fine lines and wrinkles


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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

A floral face mist that revives dehydrated skin with rose and gardenia extracts, skin-softening bladderwrack (a type of mineral-rich seaweed) extract, and clarifying thyme extract to boost the complexion. Mist whenever, wherever for radiant and re-energized skin and a dewy glow anytime, anywhere.


Why I love it: a great price point and I can also use this for refreshing my make up during the day!


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LANEIGE Cream Skin Mist

This is a refreshing mist spray that delivers INTENSE, long-lasting hydration for up to 12 hours. It's enriched with amino acids from white leaf tea water to help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier.


Why I love it: this is perfect for keeping skin hydrated on the go (especially during the day and while traveling). It also applies SUPER lightweight which is always a win.


Buy it here


 

*Some of the links included in this blog post are affiliate links - so if you choose to purchase these products, just know that you're pouring resources right back into the TDXO Community and experiences for everyone in it!*


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