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What you need to know about lotions and toners!


At one point, toners were looked down upon by dermatologists for being too astringent and incredibly drying. They used to contain high concentration of alcohol to remove oil from the skin which was more detrimental to skin than beneficial. Long gone are the days when toners would dry and irritate our faces.

These days, most toners are more hydrating, alcohol-free and focus on more skin concerns than just treating acne and oily skin. Our lotions/toners main benefit is that it gives the skin a shot of hydration and dramatically enhances the moisturizing benefits of the products applied afterwards.

To help you understand how it works, imagine a sponge: if it's already moist, it will soak up more water than a dry sponge. A lotion/toner moistens the skin, so that – just like a sponge moistened with water – it will better absorb the products that follow. A lotion is different from a serum. It consists mainly of active water and works to moisturize the skin deep down while preparing it for further products. A serum has a much richer texture. Formulated with a high concentration of actives, it usually addresses a specific skin concern (such as redness, wrinkles, etc.) and provides targeted, powerful action.


A lotion should be applied before all your other skincare products.

Tip: pour a few drops into the palm of your hand, then pat over the face with the fingertips. Apply your moisturizer within the next 30 seconds in order to enhance its benefits. 

In the morning, a lotion will wake up your skin and remove excess sebum that has built up overnight. It allows your skin to wake up much more gently than it would with just soap-based cleansing.  

In the evening, you can apply a lotion before your night cream to really boost its moisturizing benefits overnight. 

You can also use a lotion to make your own sheet mask. Take a non-saturated capsule mask and soak it with the lotion of your choice for a few minutes, then apply to the face. Choose your lotion according to your skin concerns, so you can give your skin exactly the ingredients it needs! 



Originally, the main reason for using a lotion was to hydrate the skin – so lotions tended to be aimed at dry or tight-feeling skin. Now there are lotions that target specific needs (signs of aging, lack of radiance, excess shine, etc.). It's up to you to choose your lotion according to the seasons and your skin's needs at a given time. 

At Erborian, there are plenty of choices!  

- To smooth the skin and improve firmness: Eau Ginseng

- To help control excess sebum and mattify the skin: Bamboo Matte Lotion

- For its brightening and energizing properties: Yuza Double Lotion


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