8 best Korean toner pads loved by Korean celebrities and idols like Han So Hee, THE BOYZ’s Sunwoo and more to help achieve flawless glass skin

by Jermina

If there is one thing that I can’t live without (besides food and water of course), it’s toner

Toners are a vital part of every skincare routine as it cleanses pores, balances the skin pH levels, all whilst keeping your skin rejuvenated and fresh. 

Some of you might’ve heard of the Korean toner pads which are trending all over social media. 

Unlike toners where you’d use a regular cotton pad — which can be harsh for sensitive skin and you risk wasting leftover essence — these toner pads are pre-soaked in essence and designed specifically for gentle exfoliation. 

To level up your skincare routine, here are 8 best Korean toner pads loved by Korean celebrities and idols to achieve a healthy glow that you can find entirely online.

1. SkinFood Carrot Carotene

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You’d probably have heard of the ever-so-popular SkinFood Carrot Carotene Toner Pads famously used by the Korean actress, Han So Hee.

It’s no surprise that this has quickly become a cult favourite as it is infused in beta carotene extract from carrot seed oil, retaining moisture and anti-inflammation. What’s more, the unique waffle-design cotton pads gently remove impurities without irritation — ideal for those with acne-prone skin

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🧴 60 pcs 
💆‍♀️ Suitable for: Dry, rough and sensitive skin 

2. Mediheal Madecassoside Blemish Pad

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Ever since COVID-19, some of us have been suffering from maskne (mask acne). I’m talking dark spots and blemishes which can take an emotional toll on your self-esteem. 

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Luckily, Mediheal Madecassoside Blemish Pad improves pigmentation and skin texture with high amounts of madecassoside AKA tiger herb. Endorsed by THE BOYZ’S Sunwoo, this product fights skin inflammation and speeds up the wound healing process. Now you’re a step closer to looking like your favourite idol. 

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🧴 100 pcs 
💆‍♀️ Suitable for: Post-acne skin, blemishes and uneven skin

3. Medicube Zero Pore Pad

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I can’t tell you the amount of money I’ve spent on pore strips to get rid of those pesky blackheads only to be left with an irritated (and rather painful) nose — it can be frustrating. 

Who’d have known that Medicube Zero Pore Pad was what I needed all along? 

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Recommended by Korea’s famous comedian and host Yoo Jae Suk, it carries keratin care to remove dead skin cells and impurities (yes, blackheads and whiteheads included!). Most importantly, you don’t have to worry about ending up with dry and patchy skin as the pine lead and ginseng extract provides moisture and deep hydration. 

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🧴 70 pcs 
💆‍♀️ Suitable for: Enlarged pores, blackhead or whiteheads

4. Anua Heartleaf 77 Clear Pads

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Endorsed by EXO’s Suho, you may have heard of the Anua Heartleaf 77% Soothing Toner. However, if you want something that is more cost-friendly without changing brands, the dual-action Anua Heartleaf 77 Clear Pads effectively removes blackheads and excessive sebum too. 

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Comprising Korean heartleaf extract and evening primrose flower extract, not only does it tighten your pores but it also serves as a gentle soothing exfoliant. 

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🧴 70 pcs 
💆‍♀️ Suitable for: Sensitive skin, enlarged pores, removing dead skin 

5. Needly Daily Toner Pad

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It’s always best to start on skincare early to prevent early ageing and to protect it from harmful exposures (I mean, have you seen the sun outside?)

Needly’s Daily Toner Pad maintains the skin’s pH level to 5 using natural tea tree extract fit for calming oily skin. And the poly hydroxy acid which includes gluconolactone instantly hydrates and purifies the skin for a natural glow. 

Even better, this embossed toner pad is 80mm in diameter (comparatively bigger than the previous Korean toner pads) which means that it holds more essence and can care more intensively for concerned areas.

You might be able to get away with using just one pad for your face.

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🧴 60 pcs 
💆‍♀️ Suitable for: Oily skin, ageing skin with wrinkles 

6. Numbuzin Centella Re-leaf Green Toner Pad

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Numbuzin Centella Re-leaf Green is the only double-sided pad in this entire list that is specifically designed to be split into two separate pads and enjoyed like a sheet mask. 

Containing 89% soothing herbal ingredients, the distinct ground cica green pad contains centella asiatica (ground cica leaves) to reduce redness and deliver a clear and clean skin. Alternatively, the white bamboo side instantly hydrates and reduces excess oil. It’s literally a two-in-one!

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🧴 70 pcs 
💆‍♀️ Suitable for: Inflammation, dry skin, tired skin  

7. Abib Heartleaf Spot Pad Calming Touch

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Abib Heartleaf Spot Pad Calming Touch contains heartleaf, wintergreen leaf extract and salicylic acid to rejuvenate tired skin and maintain a low pH skin level to keep it balanced. 

This product has also won the Olive Young Awards pad category for two consecutive years in 2021 and 2022 so, it comes at no surprise that NCT and WayV’s Ten was seen using this exact brand as part of his skincare routine. Look forward to having dewy skin as these soothing pads glide across your face.

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🧴 80 pcs 
💆‍♀️ Suitable for: Tired, dry skin

8. COSRX Poreless Pad

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Endorsed by K-pop artist Jeon Somi, COSRX is well-known for an impressive lineup of skincare products ranging from COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50, COSRX Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner, and even COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask

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Safe to say, they’ve stepped up their Korean toner pads game and come up with the COSRX Poreless Pad. It consists of 81.7% green tea seed extract and tannic acid to help reduce pores, prevent skin discoloration and collagen degradation.  

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🧴 70 pcs 
💆‍♀️ Suitable for: Dry, rough and sensitive skin 

With these popular tried-and-tested Korean toner pads, it definitely has great pore-tential to be added into my skincare collection. 

Which toner pads will you try for yourself?  

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