When the Korean skin-care scene recommends something, you know we’re listening. And the latest viral sensation to catch on is a lot easier to get on board with than snail mucin. This one has also been around for a long time, now to be seen in a new light. Reintroducing the toner pad: a perfectly proportioned amount of the skin-care essential in a mess-free, hassle-free container for easy application.
The toner pad isn’t really new—plenty of us have been dousing cotton-pads with skin care for a long time. But these days the toner pad is really about taking all the guesswork out of skin care. The ideal amount of product without the waste or mess, now toner pads are formulated to address specific skin issues, delivering powerful active ingredients for real skin improvement.
There are a few brands driving the bulk of the interest in toner pads, and we’ve collected the best of the best, including a brand new launch from Mediheal, Korea’s number one selling toner pad.
Top Toner Pad Options
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The brand that started the TikTok craze with toner pads, Mediheal is a Korean-based brand specializing in masks and pads. The Watermide toner pad is powered by Icelandic glacial water and woodland forget-me-not flowers, and formulated with a jelly-like texture that fits instantly against your skin with a cooling sensation.
These pads can also be used as a mask, as leaving the pad on a targeted area for 15 minutes allows the ingredients to fully treat a specific area. Alternatively, as a toner, this product works to moisturize, prep and treat skin and is safe to use twice a day.
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This brand-new launch from Mediheal is perfect if you’re looking for a toner pad that can tackle firmness and fine lines. Powered by retinol and collagen, these pads are created with a hypoallergenic vegan plant fiber that adhere perfectly to skin. They even come with a pair of tweezers for mess-free application.
Perfect as a mask or a daily toner, the latest launch from Mediheal features encapsulated retinol to reduce irritation and low-molecular collagen to ensure complete absorption into the skin.
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Perfect for when you just don’t have the energy to devote to a multi-step skin-care routine, the Lazy Day pads combine the best of moisture and toning to deliver nutrient-rich hydration.
Formulated to address dryness and dullness, this vegan, cruelty-free toner pad is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid for a soothing, deeply hydrating feel.
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NEEDLY Daily Toner Pad ($30)
Made to soothe rough and dry skin with gentle, daily exfoliation, NEEDLY’s toner pad is powered by salicylic acid, tea tree and antioxidants for clean, nourished skin. Perfect for acne-prone skin, this formula carefully removes dead skin cells and excess sebum without stripping your skin of essential nutrients.
These toner pads reduce the look of pores and improve skin texture while still being safe for sensitive skin. The cotton pad even has a softer, cushiony side if the embossed side is too rough.
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This multi-use toner pad is also a gentle makeup remover, an exfoliator and a skin-tone brightener, powered-by fine-line reducing bakuchiol, vitamin C and AHAs. With a cooling sensation that delivers instant soothing hydration, the Nassif MD toner pad is perfect for a deep cleanse and full routine, or a lazy-day cleansing wipe.
Free of mineral oil, the formula prioritizes AHA/BHAs that brighten skin and even texture over time. It’s also a great way to prep your skin for any serum or essence you might be using afterwards.
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