Designing a skincare routine can be difficult. With so many different steps and skincare products to choose from, you might feel a little lost.Certain areas of skincare are simple — for example, you may already know you need a cleanser, a moisturizer, and sunscreen. For example, should you use a toner, an astringent, or both?
Today, we will discuss astringent and toner, how they function, how they vary, and how to implement them into your skincare routine
How Do Astringent and Toner Differ?
Toner is a substance that tones and firms the skin and also removes excess oil. The product is mostly water-based, making it very hydrating. Hydration is important for your skin’s health because the epidermis relies on moisture to flush away toxins and carry nutrients to the skin’s cells. Using hydrating products can rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking soft and smooth.
Toners may contain various herbal extracts like chamomile, rose water, and green tea.
Astringents are products that clean and purify your pores. Astringents may be alcohol or chemical based. It is much stronger than toner. Natural astringents include apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or alcohol.
People who suffer from oily or acne-prone skin can benefit from astringent. Conversely, people prone to dry and flaky skin or sensitive skin that gets irritated easily will probably not respond well to it waw products.
Toners are generally more herbal-based.
This results in a difference in strength. Toners are typically milder than astringents because astringent contains stronger ingredients that can be harsh on dry and sensitive skin.
When it comes to skin type, the effect that a specific toner will have on your skin depends on its ingredients.
There are toners for normal to oily skin to acne-prone skin, with anti-aging benefits, and more. This depends upon its various ingredients but especially the herbal compounds it contains.
However, if used incorrectly or excessively, there is a chance that this acidity could disrupt the natural pH of your skin.
As far as the astringents go, they are stronger and may be accompanied by a tingling sensation. They remove oil almost immediately from your face and make your skin feel tight and firm.
Toners come in different varieties. They can be sprayed on your face or applied with a cotton ball. Refrain from spraying astringents to avoid accidentally getting ingredients like witch hazel in your eyes.
To use your astringents safely, you can target specific areas. Not every skincare product needs to be applied to the entirety of your face. You should instead figure out what the specific parts of your face need and go from there.
In this instance, try using the astringent in the morning and the toner at night.
Should I Use an Astringent or a Toner?
As a holistic beauty brand committed to creating 100% vegan products backed by science, you can imagine where our alliance lies: with whatever is the most natural.
Both astringents and toners can be natural, but as previously explained, astringents will often have an alcohol or chemical base. For this reason, when it comes to astringents and skin care that functions as an astringent,This can minimize your concern about your skin care products destabilizing your natural pH levels.
As for toners, we have a couple of different toners that you can choose from. The first is our Vitamin C Skin Mist Toner.
Jojoba oil is a powerful moisturizer that contains B, C, and E vitamins that can support the recovery of damaged skin. Finally, the active vitamin C used in the toner acts as a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage your skin cells if left unattended.
Together, these ingredients produce a hydrating and energizing toner packed with rejuvenating botanicals. You can use our product to refresh your skin on the go or to prep your skin for other skincare and makeup. Our second toner is the Coconut Super Rich Facial Toner. These ingredients include cucumber water, green tea, aloe vera, and coconut water.
Cucumber water contains vitamin C, silica, and caffeic acid. This allows our toner to help neutralize free radicals, in turn protecting your skin from damage and combating premature aging. Similarly, green tea is rich in antioxidants that help to neutralize free radicals and keep your skin youthful.
Aloe vera helps to moisturize the skin and treat various skin conditions, including acne, sunburn, and eczema. Coconut water is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. As the star ingredient of our toner, coconut water is used to keep your skin balanced. In addition to moisturizing your skin, it restores its natural pH balance.
This carefully crafted formula revives dull skin, minimizes pores, and restores supple radiance. Since it is a toner, it is alcohol-free and does not strip your skin dry. Instead, it is loaded with natural hydrating ingredients that help tone and soothe your skin.
How Are Toners and Tonics Different?
In addition to toner, we also offer an all-natural tonic. But what is the difference between a toner and a tonic? Though the foundational design of every toner is to clear and tone skin, it will often feature other ingredients that can target several skin concerns.
Tonics, on the other hand, are more focused. It is common for tonics to be designed solely to deliver moisture to the skin. Tonics will often contain hyaluronic acid and herbal ingredients such as rose water, which helps skin to stretch and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.
These ingredients serve two primary purposes. The first is to hydrate your skin, supporting the appearance of a natural, healthy glow. The second is to open up your pores and prepare your skin for the rest of your skincare routine.
Our moisturizing face mist spray is ideal for hydrating and softening your skin.
Apple cider vinegar has powerful antimicrobial properties that can restore the natural pH levels of your skin. Green tea is rich in antioxidants that help to neutralize free radicals and protect your skin from damage. The tea tree essential oil contains antioxidants that allow it to protect and clean the skin, as well as improve circulation for a collagen boost. The lavender essential oil soothes the skin, treats irritation, and refines your pores.
The primary focus of our plant-based product is to balance and hydrate your skin. After cleansing your skin, lightly spray the mist over your face. Allow it to dry naturally before continuing with your skincare routine.
Regarding skincare, the correct answer depends on you and your personal needs. Your skin is unique. What works for you might not work for everyone. What matters is that you are doing your research before applying new products to your skin.
With so many different skin care products on the market, it can be difficult to differentiate between them, especially when they share as many commonalities as astringents, toners, and tonics do. Still, that minor difference might just be what your skin is missing.