What’s the Difference Between Toners and Astringents?

Let’s face it, we all use them, but do we really know the difference between a toner and an astringent?

Whether you consider yourself a skincare guru or novice, let’s get back to the basics. The steps of any beauty routine often mimic each other; cleanse, tone, and moisturize. It’s the second step in routines however, that seem to cause the most confusion. Why use a toner? Why not an astringent? What’s the difference anyway? Well, skincare enthusiasts no need to worry, we’re breaking it down for you.


Beauty starts from within… the bottle. The ingredients are what mainly differentiate toners and astringents. Toners are water-based products, and typically include antioxidants and cell-repairing ingredients. Astringents, on the other hand, are alcohol-based products. Our astringents contain natural alcohol from botanical sources.


Ingredients are also how we at Thayers determine what scents will be toners or astringents. Our favorite Rose Petal Toner is made with rose water, while our Lemon Astringent is made with alcohol and a lemongrass alcohol-based extract.


Tone it down. Thayers toners contain glycerin, which can draw water into the skin and may help soothe and buffer pH levels. Toners are also used to prime the skin for moisturizers and serums. Thayers toners may help hydrate the skin and also remove any excess dirt or grime that wasn’t cleaned off by your facial cleanser.


All for astringents. Thayers astringents are designed to aid in the removal of oil from the skin, and may dry out skin in the process. The alcohol content in astringents give it anti-bacterial properties, which may help individuals with acne breakouts. Be sure to use astringents in small amounts, however, as the overuse of an astringent could have the reverse effect on skin, leaving it more oily.


What does your beauty cabinet say about your skin type? Your skin type is the deciding factor between using a toner or an astringent.

Beauty is all about moderation
. As your body changes, the needs of your skin will change with it. Proper skincare is a personal lifestyle choice. Make sure to get back to the basics and understand what products will work best for you.


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