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What’s the Difference Between Toners and Astringents?

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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.

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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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  • RICHARD J. MAGGI
    February 1, 2018 11:20 pm

    Which do I use as an aftershave, astringent or toner? My skin is probably normal-to-oily. I purposely do not use typical aftershave lotions due to the large amount of alcohol contained in them. If I understand correctly, the alcohol in witch hazel is natural and so not as strong – does this mean it’s ok to use as an aftershave? Does your alcohol-free witch hazel still contain natural 14% alcohol? Thank you.

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    • If you’d like a zing after shaving, you can use any of our astringents, which contain alcohol. For a more gentle effect, you can use any of our alcohol-free toners for the same pore-closing effect, just without the stinging due to alcohol. Our alcohol-free toners do not contain any alcohol.

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  • hey there.. if I have rosacea, is it safe for me to use a toner that contains witch hazel?
    thanks,

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  • I bought the toner even though I have oily skin because I do not want to use astringents. The toner is also okay with oily skin right?

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  • Hello i noticed my rose toner bottle lists witch hazel as one of the last ingredients as opposed to being one of the first ingredients as on the label picture i saw in this website, does that mean that the witch hazel concentration in my bottle is lower than that in others?
    Cheers

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    • Hi! We went through a bit of a re-formulation to up the % of witch hazel in our formula – you may have an older bottle, but any newer bottle you purchase will have the updated formula.

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  • Denz Evangelista
    February 27, 2018 11:13 pm

    which should i use after putting a mask on?

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  • Denz Evangelista
    February 27, 2018 11:14 pm

    which should l use after putting a mask?

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  • May I use lemon astringent AM???

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  • Hi, I was wondering what would be best for combination skin, an astringent or a toner?

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  • My skin is very oily and acne prone. Can i use rose petal or lavender toner? It’s very hard to find lemon toner in Indonesia.

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  • My husband pretty consistently has a heat rash type rash on his chest, back and arms where the skin is red and slightly raised in blotches. Do you think any of your Witch Hazel products would help to alleviate this? Thanks!

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  • Is it safe to use serum after using the astringent?

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  • Can you use an astringent to cleanse for acne prone skin and then follow up with a toner to moisturize?

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  • I havr very oily & acne-prone skin. Can I use astringent everyday (am & pm)?

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  • Nicholas Wong
    July 6, 2018 3:58 am

    Hi i have a normal combination skin where my t zone is oilier. should/can i just use astringent on my t zone and then toner on the rest of the face?

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  • I have used another brand of 100% natural witch hazel and added aloe vera to make a toilet paper spray, rather than using wipes. I want to switch to Thayers so I’m wondering which you would recommend for that sensitive area.

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  • Larisha Hicks
    July 26, 2018 3:33 pm

    Would it be appropriate to use both the toner and astringent? If so, in which order should it occur?

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  • Hi,
    I just bought the unscented bottle, does this one work as a toner or astringent

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  • I have oily and acne prone skin which type of witch hazel should I use ?

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  • I have oily acne prone skin. I bought your astrigent (the original variant) earlier because I thought it was the toner. I was wondering, how many times should I use it? Do I still have to top it with a toner before applying moisturizer? Is it okay if I use the astringent in the morning and then at night, I’ll just cleanse, tone, and moisturize?

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    • It ideally should be used morning and night. If you’re finding the astringent is too drying, use it just once daily. If this is still too drying for you, we definitely recommend our alcohol-free toners for your skin type, as opposed to the astringents. You don’t have to use toner on top of the astringent if the astringent is working well for you!

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  • Ebone Collins
    August 14, 2018 7:35 pm

    Hello , I’ve been using the rose petal toner for quite some time now and my skin is doing great. I think I have normal to combination skin because i tend to get oilier only in my t-zone. I just purchased the lemon astringent to try it all over for a while just because I want to make sure I keep my clear skin because from time to time I do get small break outs. Every time I use the witch hazel I follow up with grapeseed oil. Do you think trying the lemon astringent is a good idea or should I just stick to the toner?

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  • How to tone down an astringent and make it more comparable for dry skin

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  • Hello so i have oily skin with acne scars and large pores. What variant should i use?

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  • Hi..between the cucumber toner and the rose petal toner which one are more suitable with acne prone skin?

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  • Hi..between the cucumber toner and the rose petal toner which one are more suitable with acne prone skin?

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  • Just want to say thanks! It’s my first time to use you cucumber alcohol-free toner and amazed how my skin suddenly calmed down. All small bumps slowly disappearing. I have super sensitive skin, btw. Loving it!

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  • Hi just found my bottle of medicated witch hazel in one of my boxes love the stuff but saw that it expired this year, I always use it after shaving among other things but wanted to know if its ok to still to use or should I just buy a new one?

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  • Hi i have oily, acne prone skin but I am also super sensitive. what do you recommend?

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  • Hi! Can I use the lemon astringent then proceed to rose petal toner every night? Wouldn’t that be too harsh for my skin to use both of the products at the same time?

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  • Hello Thayers! Since i have extra sensitive skin, can i use rose petal af toner? Will the scent irritate my skin? Or am I supposed to use unscented ver ? What’s the difference between these 2? Hoping for your reply Thankyou ~

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    • Those with sensitive skin can find success with our Rose Petal toner. If you find you’re highly reactive to natural fragrance, we would recommend using our Unscented version. This has no added fragrance at all.

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  • Hi thayers! I’ve been using the rose petal last 3 days only in the morning after cleansing but unfortunately i got breakout! I am acne prone skin so whats going on?!

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    • Hi! You may find more success using our Alcohol-Free Unscented Witch Hazel Toner instead of Rose Petal. If you find that you’re more on the oily side, you might have a better experience with our Original or Lemon Astringent.

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  • Hi! I am searching for a toner right now, and I want to try Thayers since it has natural ingredients and alcohol-free. Would you recommend me which variant is suitable for my dull and combination-to-dry skin? And can your products help improve my skin tone? Thanks!

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  • Hi! Just purchased both astringent and toner (all original). I have oily acne prone skin. Which one will i use first?

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  • Is it okay to use a face mask after using the astringent?

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  • I am reading that Phenoxyethanol is not healthy at all, even toxic. Why would you want to ruin your formula with this preservative and still say that it is natural?

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      June 19, 2019 12:18 pm

      Hi Kaci,

      We understand your concerns about Phenoxyethanol but want to assure you the inclusion of this preservative is necessary in keeping our product safe and effective. Phenoxyethanol has been tested to make sure it is non-irritating and non-sensitizing at levels of 2.2% or lower on both skin and eyes. Phenoxyethanol is completely safe and necessary within our formula to halt the growth of bacteria and microorganisms. Phenoxyethanol is our preservative of choice as it is free of parabens and it does not release formaldehyde. We hope you understand why we choose Phenoxyethanol and if you have further questions or concerns, please contact us at info@thayers.com or 1-888-THAYER-1 (1-888-842-9371).

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  • Ariane Gail Arnoco
    February 21, 2019 2:09 am

    Hi. I am planning to buy the Rose Petal Toner to hydrate my face coz I think it became dry using my toner before that has alcohol. Hoping it help to hydrate my face. But I am planning to use as well the Lemon Astringent coz I my skin type is oily to acne prone. How often I can use the astringent? I saw in the comments that it can dry the skin so just use it once a day. I can do that, use it once a day. But is the astringent can be use like everyday or no ?

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      June 19, 2019 1:16 pm

      Hi Ariana,

      Everyone’s skin will react differently with our products so it is a matter of personal preference on how often you would like to use the product. I suggest doing a skin test patch to see how the Lemon Astringent will react with your skin!

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  • What percentage of witch hazel is in the alcohol free rose petal toner? I just started using the product. I’m wondering if this has a high witch hazel percentage or not? I can’t find the exact percentage anywhere. Thanks!

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      June 19, 2019 1:10 pm

      Hi Meghan,

      This is proprietary information we can’t disclose, we apologize for the inconvenience!

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  • how often and how much should i be using? i have the witch hazel aloe vera formula astringent. thank you!

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      June 19, 2019 12:47 pm

      Hi Kat,

      Everyone’s skin is different and unique. We recommend saturating a cotton pad and testing what works well for your skin but it is completely up to your personal preference on how often and how much you should use the Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Astringent!

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  • Hi I have acne prone skin but I normally get oily or dry skin
    would a toner or astringent be better for me and which one ?

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      July 17, 2019 9:49 am

      Hi Jasmine,

      Our Astringents contain alcohol to help control oil production and acne causing bacteria. Our Facial Toners are alcohol free and are used to cleanse, moisturize and balance pH of the skin. As always, I would suggest doing a skin test patch before applying on the face as everyone’s skin is unique!

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  • Can you use the facial toner (unscented) more than twice a day? Does it cleanse the skin?

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    • Andrea Gity
      May 6, 2019 9:23 am

      Hi Yatta, Yes, you can use as many times as you see fit, it does cleanse the skin but is not specifically formulated to be a cleanser.

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  • I am making a postpartum soothing perineum spray to spray on hygiene pad that calls for witch hazel. I have only found the witch hazel facial toner aloe Vera formula and wondered if it would work for this area better than regular witch hazel? Is it basically the same thing?

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      June 19, 2019 11:02 am

      Hi Bonnie,

      While we have not tested this, Aloe Vera is great for soothing and healing skin so you may find further benefit from using our alcohol free Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Toner compared to regular Witch Hazel. Let us know if you have any additional questions at info@thayers.com or give us a call at 1-888-THAYER-1 (1-888-842-9371).

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  • Can i use this if i wash my face with a salicyc acid wash face? Or will the combination be to much.

    Or can this only be used wit a gentle cleanser?

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  • Will astringent irritates my skin? I have an oily skin

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      June 19, 2019 12:52 pm

      Hi Aida,

      Our Astringents contain alcohol to help control oil production and acne causing bacteria. We suggest doing a skin test patch to see how your skin will work with our product as everyone’s skin is different!

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  • Do i have to have a moisturizer to put on after i put on the toner ?

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  • Hello, I’d like to know the difference between Toner and Mist. Which one should I use for my dehydrated, acne prone skin?

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    • Andrea @ Thayers
      May 24, 2019 10:06 am

      Hi there! These products have the same formula, just different delivery system based on your preference of use.

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  • Hi there!
    Several questions here.
    Does Thayers have a cleanser?
    What is usually used first the toner, or the astringent And also is there a moisturizer?
    You can reply here but can you also reply to my email.
    Thank you !

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      July 16, 2019 9:26 am

      Hi Irene,

      We do not have a cleanser or moisturizer, but our Facial Toners can be used to cleanse the skin. Using the Facial Toner or Astringent first is a personal preference and based on whatever works for you!

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  • Hi, I’m currently using the lemon astringent and I was wondering if there are any specific ingredients that I should avoid while using it?

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      August 1, 2019 10:21 am

      Hi Patty,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Our Lemon Astringent is gentle and works well in combination with other skincare products!

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  • How about Toner during the day, since my skin is fresh from sleeping anyway, then Astringent during the night time, to clean the accumulated gunk from the day. Would that work?

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      August 9, 2019 9:53 am

      Hi HB,

      Thanks for reaching out to us! This would be a matter of personal preference. I recommend using an Astringent if you are looking for a more deep clean for the end of the day as they contain alcohol, which our Facial Toners do not.

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  • I cleanse my face first then put the astringent on a cotton pad to wipe on my face. Is that correct?

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      August 15, 2019 10:23 am

      Hi Connie,

      Thanks for asking! Cleansing is the first step, and then you can either use a Facial Toner or Astringent after with a cotton pad to remove further debris and cleanse the face.

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  • Hi i would like to ask what is the added benefits if I use the lemon astringent than the original astringent? I have an oily acne prone skin, i have been using the rose petal toner but i noticed im a bit oilier so im thinking of trying the astringent type. Thanks

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    • Carolina @ Thayers
      August 15, 2019 10:18 am

      Hi KV,

      The Astringents contain alcohol to help control oil production and acne-causing bacteria, making them more suited to those with oily & acne-prone skin. Let us know if you have any additional questions at info@thayers.com or give us a call at 1-888-THAYER-1 (1-888-842-9371).

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