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Facial Toners & Astringents

Facial Toners & Astringents

Toner is a liquid skincare product used to remove makeup products and cleanser residues after washing the face. Astringents are similar to toners in that they are liquid and are used for the same purpose, but they remove excess oil from the skin as an additional function. They come in various types from different brands and with different ingredients formulated to properly clean and remove residues from the skin.

How to Choose Facial Toners and Astringents

Not all toners and astringent are meant for every kind of skin due to carrying ingredients used in their production. Consequently, you should look out for and avoid the following ingredients when choosing them.

  • For Dry Skin: Sodium lactate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, and Aloe Vera.
  • For Sensitive Skin: Avoid toners with fragrance, Menthol, Colorants, and Alcohol.
  • For Oily Skin: Astringent is best for removing makeup products from oily skins after cleansing and before moisturizing.
  • For Acne-Prone Skin: Astringents are better at helping acne and blemishes disappear with time. However, they can't do the job alone. You have to tag them along with other products.

Benefits of Toners and Astringents

  • Clears Skin of Irritants: After cleansing, some makeup products might still linger, and irritate the skin, but toners get rid of them and astringents carry out a better job when excessive oils are involved. 
  • Anti-bacterial Benefits: Toners and Astringents contain menthol, alcohol, and other ingredients that can kill off bacteria from the facial skin. The bacteria can stem from cleanser residues. 
  • Reduce Inflammation and Acne: Astringents can help to reduce acne and skin inflammation on the face. They are leave-ons and tag along effectively with other products after they are used on the skin.

Balances Skin pH

The skin naturally tends to move in the acidic direction of the pH scale, but facial cleansers like soaps are more alkaline and increase the alkalinity of the skin. Toners create a balance in the pH levels by reducing the alkalinity as the soaps increase them.