Facial Astringent Vs Toner

Thinking of adding an astringent or toner to your skincare routine? At first glance they both may seem similar, however, they do different things to your face. Also, depending on your skin type, you’ll be more suited for one or the other. In this article, we’ll discuss what astringents and toner are, so you can choose the right product for your skincare routine. We strongly recommend you get an online skin consultation booked, which is a free 15-minute one-to-one to better understand your skin and if astringents are right for your skin.

What is An Astringent?

Astringents are liquid-based skincare products that are used to remove excess oil from the skin. If your skin type is oily which is prone to breakouts then we recommend adding astringent to your skincare routine. Astringents work best on oily and acne-prone skin due to removing excess oil and unclogging pores. The main benefits of astringent for your skin are the following:

  • Reduce acne breakouts
  • Unclog pores
  • Tightens the skin
  • Removes excess oil
  • Reduces inflammation

One thing to keep in mind is astringents can be very drying for the skin. So if you naturally have dry skin, it is best to avoid alcohol-based astringents. We also recommend avoiding alcohol-based astringents if you have eczema or rosacea. Instead, use our toners instead. 

What is A Toner?

Toners or facial toners are similar to an astringent, as it is also liquid-based which is ideal to remove irritants and impurities from your skin’s surface and smooth the appearance of your skin, to give it a finer and softer texture. Toners are ideal for sensitive, dry and combination skin. Whereas, astringents are good for oily and acne-prone skin. The main benefits of toners for your skin are the following:
  • Restores your skin’s pH balance
  • Refreshes the skin
  • Can help prevent ingrown hairs
  • Helps to tone and firm the skin
  • Provides nutrients to your skin
  • Help remove leftover makeup or oil
  • Can help even out skin tone

If you’re still unsure whether an astringent or toner is best for you, then take advantage of our free 15-minute online skincare consultation