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During colder months our skin can become stressed, flaky and irritable. With humidity levels going down, external factors cause skin to lose moisture more quickly in winter. You might be tempted to save your skin by using as many skin care products and active ingredients as possible, but sometimes simplicity is the solution.
Korean skin care brand ONE THING creates facial toners with a single active ingredient. Each product features carefully selected plant-based active ingredients to deliver the one thing your skin needs most, without the unnecessary ingredients. ONE THING might be the answer to simplifying our skin care routines. ONE THING is one of the few beauty brands that focuses on what’s inside the bottle rather than what’s on it. Its minimalistic packaging design conveys function, simplicity and efficacy. Toners are housed in transparent bottles with clean white labels reminiscent of apothecary medicine bottles, alluding to the products’ potency.
The Korean brand promotes rational consumption and a thoughtful skin care process, using 100% natural ingredients that are graded green by EWG. Let’s take a look at five of ONE THING’s toners, each addressing different skin concerns. All toners are available in a standard 150ml bottles as well as a bigger 300ml jumbo versions.
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract Toner
Key ingredients: Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract Toner uses calendula officinalis (pot marigold) extract as its main ingredient. Despite the flower’s humble appearance, it’s gifted with antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral and soothing properties. Lupeol, an active ingredient found in calendula, is responsible for its outstanding anti-inflammatory benefit. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, this multifunctional toner can significantly improve skin texture by reducing existing inflamed blemishes and preventing the formation of new ones.
Centella Asiatica Extract Toner
Key ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol
Centella Asiatica Extract Toner contains extract of centella asiatica, a.k.a. cica, gotu kola and tiger grass, which has been known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties since ancient times. One of the most popular Korean skin care ingredients, centella asiatica calms skin irritation, helps prevent hyperpigmentation and promotes healing of wounds. If irritated skin and dryness are your concerns, this centella extract toner is the choice for calming redness and repairing skin.
Houttuynia Cordata Extract Toner
Key ingredients: Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol
Houttuynia Cordata Extract Toner contains extract of houttuynia cordata or heartleaf, a plant known for its brightening, anti-inflammatory, soothing, calming and antioxidant properties. It fights free radicals – the main culprit of hyperpigmentation and sun spots. Houttuynia cordata extract helps brighten skin tone, and can be used as after sun care for prevention of uneven skin tone and correcting existing sun spots. Those with dry skin type will benefit from this toner the most as heartleaf is a natural humectant that helps draw moisture to skin.
Brassica Oleracea Italica Extract Toner
Key ingredients: Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin
Brassica Oleracea Italica Extract Toner contains a derivative of broccoli. Even if it’s not your favorite vegetable, you might fall in love with this toner. Rich in Vitamins A and C, the solution provides extraordinary antioxidant and brightening effects. It helps block UV rays and external pollutants and prevents blemishes. Just like the ingredients in other ONE THING toners, brassica oleracea italica extract boasts a significant soothing effect as well. Get glowing and luminous skin by harvesting the power of broccoli without having to eat it!
Propolis + Honey Extract Toner
Key ingredients: Propolis Extract, Honey Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin
Propolis + Honey Extract Toner contains a powerful ingredient duo famous for their antibacterial, antifungal, brightening, wound healing and moisturizing properties. Honey benefits oily skin as it helps control sebum production. It exfoliates skin, thus helping brighten post-acne dark spots to promote glowy skin. Honey is a great humectant as well. Propolis, another by-product made by bees, has extraordinary antibacterial properties that not only help you cope with existing acne, but also prevent future blemishes, reduce hyperpigmentation and smooth uneven skin texture caused by acne scarring.
How to use
Toner pads: The classic way is to pour some toner onto a cotton pad and wipe across your face for better absorption and exfoliation. Another method is to create a mask pack by soaking a cotton pad with toner and leaving it on areas of concern for several minutes. You can also pour the toner straight into a tub of cotton pads, and take the tub with you to conveniently use them whenever needed.
Sheet masks: A mask a day goes a long way! Make a DIY mask by soaking a dry cotton sheet mask with the toner. Apply onto your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes for intensive care.
Facial mists: Pour your favorite toner into a hand-sized mist bottle and spray it all over your face when you don’t have time for a mask sesh. Perfect for travel and use on the go.
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