Toner vs. Astringent: Whats The Difference?
We are asked this question all the time, is a toner or astringent really an important step in a skincare routine? And if so, what exactly do they do?
My answer is yes, both of these products can bring some great benefits to your skincare routine, and they won’t break the bank, either. Let’s talk about the differences between the two, and where they fit in with your skincare regimen.
Let’s start with toner. Toner is typically for sensitive, dry skin. It is usually water-based and includes ingredients such as aloe and witch hazel. After cleansing, our skin’s natural PH is out of balance, which can result in a tight or dry sensation of the skin. Using a toner re-balances the skin’s PH, helping to alleviate that tight, dry feeling. This is often a good option for someone using an exfoliating cleanser with active ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide because of these cleansers, although super-effective in treating acne and helpful in promoting anti-aging, can throw the PH out of whack. Also, toners give an extra cleanse down into the pores, cleaning up any leftover makeup or dirt lingering in the pores.
Now on to the astringent. This product is best used on oily/acne-prone skin types. It is also water-based, with active ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and alcohol. These ingredients are beneficial in removing excess dirt and oil from the pores. I love astringent for patients with acne, specifically those who play sports or exercise frequently because it gives an extra burst of acne-fighting power to the pores after washing.
Toner and astringent are both used in exactly the same way. After cleansing, morning and night, simply apply to a cotton ball and swipe across the skin. Follow that with your acne medication, and/or moisturizer.
1.) Clinical Formula Astringent – Targeted for acne and oily prone skin. It’s the perfect addition to your collection if you are oily and struggle with acne. This will give you the super clean feeling that you are looking for.
2.) Clinical Formula Oily Skin Tonic – For normal to oily skin. This product is unique because it’s almost a toner/astringent hybrid. It’s great for acne-prone and oily skin, but also adds hydration with aloe vera gel.
3.) Clinical Formula Normalizing Tonic – If hydrated and balanced skin is what you seek, look no further. This toner harnesses the power of aloe vera gel, green tea, and vitamin b5 to soothe and calm the skin.
That is my break down of toners and astringents!