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 skin tone? Let’s find out by comparing toners and serums and how to best use them in your skincare routine.

What is a Toner?

A toner can be in 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. Toners also provide a light amount of hydration before applying your final moisturizing product and help prepare the skin for other products to be applied. You can apply toner 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. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid have both a hydrating and skin-brightening effect on dry skin.

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 skincare 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 on the surface of 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. This is especially beneficial for combination skin or acne-prone 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 onto it. There are many varieties of both toners and serums that are designed to be used for specific skin concerns and skin types, even sensitive skin types.

Professional Serums from Epicuren Discovery

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your first lines or wrinkles, toner and serum can be great additions to your daily skincare 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 its 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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