Toners, petrol and other liquids
When it comes to toner-and micellar water and essences, for that matter-many people rely on reusable cotton pads or cloths for application, "but you lose a lot of product in the applicator," warns Hartman. As such, he recommends pressing toners and essences directly into the palm of your hand.
"You only need about a quarter," he says. "Then use your other hand to gently pat the product all around the face." In doing so, he says to avoid the eyes - and when using toner, in particular, avoid the nostrils and directly around the mouth to avoid irritation.
If you feel that a quarter-sized amount is overkill, Green says that "the right amount of toner should be used effectively for 'problem areas' such as the T-zone". If you have dry or combination skin, however, she says you may not need to use as much toner, as it could dry out your skin further.
As for micellar water - which is designed to remove dirt and debris from the skin - the best method is, in fact, a soaked trick. If micellar water is a staple of your routine, it's worth switching to reusable cartridges (like Last Object's Last Round reusable cotton washers14 $), as the use of cotton pads several times a day can be quite unnecessary