The Difference between Tonic and Toner
Tonic VS Toner
Tonics tend to be heavier with humectants and moisturizing ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and rose water. In Asia, Tonics are sometimes referred to as “essences” but the key idea remains the same – while Toners are for clearing and toning, Tonics are for moisture boosting and conditioning.
Which one should I use?
While both can be included in a single skin care routine, most people would pick one or the other depending on their skin type. Normally, those with oily or blemish prone skin would stick to skin refining Toners, while dry or mature skin types find themselves more suited for hydrating Tonics as these provide the extra nutrients and moisture that they need. People living in dry climates may also benefit from a Tonic rather than Toners and vice versa for those living in high humidity locations.
Why does Snow Fox have two Tonics and no Toner?
The Cucumber Recovery Tonic and the Herbal Youth Lotus Tonic have very different functions. Like all Snow Fox formulas, they are designed with specific skin care goals in mind and are therefore structured very differently depending on skin types and needs.
The Cucumber Recovery Tonic is a light, cooling Rose Water based Tonic that targets the rebalancing of the skin’s natural PH levels for Combination and Normal skin types. It is careful to hydrate without clogging pores and each bottle maintains an exact PH balance of 5.5 (the skin’s natural acidity) to help normalize PH, which helps to regulate oil production evenly across the face. Passionflower and Cucumber Fruit extracts offer nutrients without being too heavy for those who struggle with oily patches, yet need some hydration for their dry areas. It’s also light enough to transfer to a misting bottle for travel if needed.
The Herbal Youth Tonic is a silky, emollient texture that almost feels like it could be a serum itself. It’s richer than the Cucumber Recovery Tonic and incredibly dense in hydrating and nourishing herbal ingredients, such as Olive Fruit Glycolipids, Chlorella Algae and contains several weights of Hyaluronic acid to intensively boost hydration while plumping the texture of skin. Due to its thicker, denser texture, we do not recommend transferring to a misting bottle as it won’t mist well.