One of my clients recently submitted a few questions about toners and astringents.
This post is inspired by her questions!
What is a toner? What is an astringent? And What's the difference?
You may know them by a few different names:
- Clarifying lotions
A toner or freshener contains humectants (ingredient that attracts water) that helps restore moisture to a dehydrated skin after cleansing. An astringent or clarifying lotion has a tightening effect on the pore appearance and helps remove excess oil from the skin.
What will using a toner or astringent add to my skincare regimen?
Using a toner or astringent has many benefits, such as:
- Compliments the cleansing process
- Improves clarity in skin tone
- Hydrates the skin
- Removes excess oil and impurities from the skin
- Refreshes a tired complexion
- Skin will feel fresh and clean
- Restores your skin's natural pH balance
How do you use a toner or astringent?
Apply toner to a cotton pad and sweep gently across the face and neck. There are some toners that are in a spray bottle that can be spritzed on the skin.
Be careful with spray toners to be sure to relax the face as you are spraying and not scrunching the face which will lead to more wrinkles. In fact, I prefer to put a toner on a cotton pad rather than spraying to avoid the risk of scrunching all together.
One final note about toners...
You may be still be wondering - is using a toner or an astringent really necessary? And if it is necessary, then which do I need- a toner or an astringent? Stay tuned! I'll be answering these questions and more in my next post!