With the abundance of skincare products on the market, it can be difficult to pick out what you really need. If you’ve ever looked for a toner, you might have recognized that astringents are sorted under the same category, but there are some important differences between the two.
The main job of a toner is to balance your skin’s PH after cleansing it, and they are usually water based. A toner will remove any dirt on the face, improve your skin texture, and even out your skin.
Astringents are also used after cleaning and are water-based, but the key difference is that they use alcohol to remove excess oil and shrink pores, which is great for those with oily or acne-prone skin. However, astringents are more likely to dry out your skin than toners are, so it’s best to use a moisturizer after.