How to Apply Toner for Achieving Radiant Skin: A Comprehensive Guide



Having a well-rounded skincare routine is essential for maintaining healthy and radiant skin. One crucial step in this process is using a toner - if you don’t know why, you definitely will after you read this blog!

Below, we’ll delve into the world of toners and provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to apply toner effectively to get the most out of this crucial step of skin care. Whether you're a skincare expert or a complete beginner, this guide will equip you with the knowledge you need to incorporate toner into your daily skincare regimen.


What is a Toner?





Toner is a liquid skincare product designed to be applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. It helps to prepare the skin for other products by removing any remaining impurities, balancing the skin's pH level, and providing additional benefits specific to each type of toner, many of which are made to target specific skincare needs.


How to Apply Toner for Best Results?




There are several methods you can use to apply toner, depending on your preference and the product's formulation. Here are a few preferred techniques:


  1. Cotton Pad Method: Moisten a cotton pad with toner and gently swipe it across your face and neck. This method is effective for thorough cleansing and toning.
  2. Palm Patting Method: Pour a small amount of toner into your palm, then pat it onto your face and neck using your fingertips. This method promotes absorption and is great for toners with hydrating properties.
  3. Spray Method: Some toners come in spray bottles, allowing you to mist the product directly onto your face. This method provides a refreshing experience and is convenient for quick touch-ups throughout the day.


Choose the method that suits your preferences and the consistency of the toner you are using!


Benefits of Applying Toner

Toner offers various benefits for your skin. Let's explore some of the common advantages of incorporating toner into your skincare routine:


Toners that Calm and Fight Aging

Certain toners, such as BelleCôte’s Marine Anti-Aging Toner, contain collagen and elastin, marine peptides and enzymes  that soothe the skin. To learn more about this specific toner, we spoke to Irina, skincare expert at BelleCôte Paris. According to Irina, "The Anti-Aging Toner is formulated with potent ingredients that promote skin cell turnover, resulting in a youthful and vibrant appearance. It’s also fermented, meaning it doesn’t go through a hitting process and keeps all ingredients in their natural state. It’s all natural, being derived from nature.”


Temporarily Tightens Pores

This toner can help temporarily tighten the appearance of pores, creating a smoother and more refined look. By reducing the size of your pores, toner enhances the overall appearance of your skin and creates a flawless base for makeup application.


Restores Balance to Your Skin

After cleansing, the skin's pH level can become imbalanced. BelleCôte’s Anti-aging Toner helps restore the skin's natural pH, creating an optimal environment for healthy skin. Balanced skin is better able to absorb subsequent skincare products, maximizing their effectiveness.


Hydrates Your Skin

Many toners are infused with hydrating ingredients that provide an extra layer of moisture to your skin. This one in particular has  added hydration that helps to plump and soften the skin, leaving it feeling supple and nourished.


Should I Use Toner - At Night or During the Day?

Toner can be used both in the morning and evening as part of your skincare routine. In the morning, toner helps to remove any impurities that may have accumulated overnight, prepares the skin for moisturizer and makeup application, and provides a refreshing start to the day.


BelleCôte Skincare Regimen




When it comes to achieving healthy, youthful-looking skin, having a consistent skincare regimen is key. BelleCote, a renowned skincare brand, offers a range of products designed to target various skin concerns and promote overall skin health. In this blog post, we will delve into two of their toners: the Anti-aging Marine Collagen Toner and the Azelaic Toner. We will explore how to incorporate these toners into your daily skincare routine for optimal results.


Anti-aging Marine Collagen Toner




The BelleCôte Anti-aging Marine Collagen Toner is a powerhouse product formulated to combat signs of aging and promote skin elasticity. Packed with marine collagen, this toner helps restore moisture, improve skin texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Here's how to incorporate it into your skincare routine:


Morning Routine:




  1. Start by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
  2. Take a cotton pad and pour an adequate amount of the Anti-aging Marine Collagen Toner onto it.
  3. Gently swipe the toner-soaked cotton pad across your face and neck, focusing on areas of concern.
  4. Allow the toner to fully absorb into your skin before proceeding with the next step in your routine.
  5. Follow up with a moisturizer and a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.


Evening Routine:




  1. Begin by cleansing your face to remove makeup, dirt, and impurities accumulated throughout the day.
  2. Once your skin is cleansed and dry, soak a cotton pad with the Anti-aging Marine Collagen Toner.
  3. Apply the toner all over your face and neck, gently pressing it into your skin.
  4. Give the toner a few minutes to penetrate into your skin before continuing with your nighttime skincare routine.
  5. Follow with your preferred serums, moisturizers, or treatments to nourish and repair your skin overnight.

By incorporating the Anti-aging Marine Collagen Toner into your skincare routine, you can enhance your skin's elasticity, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, and achieve a more youthful complexion.


Azelaic Toner




The BelleCôte Azelaic Toner is specially formulated to address various skin concerns, including hyperpigmentation, acne, and uneven skin tone. Azelaic acid, the star ingredient in this toner, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it an excellent choice for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin. Bellecôte’s Azelaic Toner contains exfoliating properties that gently remove dead skin cells, revealing a smoother and brighter complexion. Here's how to use the Azelaic Toner effectively:


Directions to Use:

  1. Cleanse your face using a mild cleanser that suits your skin type. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel.
  2. Dispense an appropriate amount of the Azelaic Toner onto a cotton pad.
  3. Swipe the cotton pad across your face, focusing on areas with specific concerns such as dark spots, breaking out area, acne marks, or uneven skin tone.
  4. Allow the toner to absorb into your skin for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.

Continue with your regular skincare routine, including serums, moisturizers, and sun protection.



The Azelaic Toner can be incorporated into both your morning and evening skincare routines. By using it consistently, you can effectively address hyperpigmentation, reduce the appearance of acne scars, and promote a more even skin tone.


Esthetician’s Tip: It's worth noting that some individuals may experience mild tingling or redness when initially using products containing azelaic acid. However, if you encounter any severe irritation or discomfort, discontinue use and consult with a dermatologist. Azelaic toner is great for men who experience ingrown hairs after shaving; it exfoliates the skin around ingrown hairs and allows the hair to emerge from the skin by itself.

BelleCôte offers a range of toners designed to target specific skin concerns and promote overall skin health. By incorporating the Anti-aging Marine Collagen Toner and the Azelaic Toner into your skincare routine, you can enjoy the benefits of these powerful products and achieve the radiant, youthful skin you desire. Remember, consistency is key, so make sure to follow the recommended morning and evening routines for the best results.



Q: What is the correct way to use toner?

A: The correct way to use toner involves a few simple steps:

Start by cleansing your face thoroughly using a gentle cleanser suited for your skin type.

After cleansing, take a cotton pad or your clean hands and apply a small amount of toner onto it.

Gently swipe the toner-soaked cotton pad across your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Alternatively, you can pat the toner onto your skin using your hands.

Allow the toner to absorb into your skin for a few moments before moving on to the next step in your skincare routine.

Q: Do I wash my face first or use toner?

A: It is important to cleanse your face first before using toner. 

Cleansing helps remove dirt, impurities, and excess oil from the surface of your skin, preparing it for the subsequent steps of your skincare routine. Toner is meant to be used after cleansing as it helps balance the skin's pH levels, provide hydration, and prepare the skin to better absorb other skincare products.

Q: Do I need to wash off toner?

A: In general, toner does not require rinsing off after application

It is formulated to be lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin. After applying toner, allow it to dry naturally on your skin. You can then follow up with your moisturizer, serum, or other skincare products. However, it's always a good idea to check the instructions or recommendations specific to the toner you are using, as some toners may have specific instructions or additional steps for usage.

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