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What Are Toning Pads And Can They Really Give You Better Skin?


Here's a new-ish concept you might want to include in your skincare routine: Toning pads! So what are they exactly? They're basically cotton pads pre-soaked in toners (Surprise!). They can be hydrating, exfoliating, pore-clearing, or anti-aging—just choose whichever caters to your specific skin concern. 

What makes them different from the old-fashioned method of just using a cotton ball and a toner is that their formulas are more potent and their pads provide physical exfoliation, too. You'll see results faster! Sold? Check out our top picks below.

CosRX One-Step Moisture Up Pad

Each toning pad delivers a boost of hydration care of hyaluronic acid. It also has propolis extract that fights pimple-causing bacteria. Use this to combat dehydrated, flaky skin.

CosRX One-Step Moisture Up Pad, P900, BeautyMNL

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

A gentle, alcohol-free resurfacing beauty pad that diffuses fine lines and brings out your complexion's glow. It's safe for those with sensitive skin, too!


First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, P1,541, Sephora

Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

This resurfacing pad is popular in the K-beauty world for a reason: It has lactic acid that dissolves dead skin cells and removes deep-seated dirt in the pores without you feeling anything—it's that gentle! The only thing you'll notice is your smoother, more radiant complexion. The red wine in the formula keeps your skin young-looking and plump.

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Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, P1,295, Beauty Bar

Pixi Glow Peel Pads

A great tool for exfoliating and dislodging whiteheads and blackheads. Although it has 20 percent glycolic acid content, you just need to rinse it with cold water. It does sting a bit, but the glowing results are sooo worth it.

Pixi Glow Peel Pads, P1,490, Glamourbox

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads

An alcohol-free chemical exfoliator that reduces the appearance of fine lines, refines pores, and clears the skin of blemishes. Chamomile and green tea extracts soothe pimples and tired skin.


Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, P2,450, Rustan's the Beauty Source

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