Toner Vs. Serum: What’s The Difference?

People who want to step up their skincare regimen to achieve the appearance of a more youthful, radiant complexion can benefit from a multitude of concern-specific toners and serums. But how do you know which of these similar-sounding products is right for your specific skin type and tone? Let’s find out by comparing toners and serums and how to best use them in your routine.

What is a Toner?

A toner is a spray formula designed to accomplish a variety of tasks depending on the specific formula. Most toners help further cleanse pores, ensuring the work started by your cleanser is fully performed, while providing a light amount of hydration before applying your final moisturizing product. They also may help prepare the skin for other products to be applied.

Toners can be used both during your morning and nightly routine as well as throughout the day whenever you want a quick refreshment of your complexion.

Benefits of Toners

Toners are great at conditioning the skin and establishing a neutral environment for the skin to thrive, and they help create the appearance of a natural and youthful look when used throughout the day. Epicuren Discovery’s toners offer added benefits, such as promoting the appearance of hydration while leaving the skin feeling refreshed and free of excess oil.

What is a Serum?

Serums are typically water-based formulas packed with a high concentration of active ingredients to provide various benefits for multiple types of skin concerns. They can be effective ways to boost an anti-aging skincare routine by reducing the appearance of large pores while keeping  the skin looking radiant and bright. A serum’s ingredients are designed to penetrate onto the skin in a way that toners or heavier products don't. Many serums have the natural benefit of adding hydration in a subtle way without giving the appearance of oily skin.

Difference Between Toners and Serums

Toners are thinner substances than serums, which means they can be applied as a mist, rather than a product that’s rubbed onto the face with your fingers or a cotton pad. They serve similar but distinct functions, with toners refreshing the skin and serums delivering potent ingredients deeper into it. There are many varieties of both toners and serums that are designed to be used for specific skin types and skincare concerns.

Professional Serums from Epicuren Discovery

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your first lines or wrinkles, a serum can be a great addition to your daily skin care routine. Our toners and serums can take a routine that focuses only on cleansing and promoting hydration to the next level. For example, try our Pro Collagen + Serum Amplifier to reap the benefits of active ingredients like aloe vera and key antioxidants to help your skin and improve the overall appearance.

Browse our site to find serums and toners for your specific skin concern or take our Skin Quiz to get personalized recommendations based on your unique skin type.

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