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.

Toners and astringents are formulated differently and for that reason, serve different skin types. While both of our Toners and Astringents contain our proprietary Witch Hazel Aloe Vera formula, 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 101.

Ingredients are also how we at Thayers determine what scents will be toners or astringents. Our favorite Rose Petal Facial 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 aloe and 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. In addition, our toners contain an abundance of tannins, which play an important part in helping constrict pores and control oil production. Toners are a great solution to those who might want to treat acne-prone or sensitive skin without the help of alcohol. 



All for astringents.

While providing similar benefits as toners, Thayers astringents are designed to aid in the removal of oil from the skin. Most astringents can dry out skin in the process. Thayers astringents, however, include aloe and glycerin, which help prevent loss of moisture. The alcohol content in astringents also 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. Thayers astringents also help to remove traces of dirt and grime from your skin.

So which one is right for you?

Your skin type is the deciding factor between using a toner or an astringent. Toners cover most skin types and can work for anybody. If you find your skin is of the oilier and acne-prone type, an astringent may provide you further benefit. It’s specially formulated to remove excess oil and work against acne-causing bacteria due to the presence of alcohol. Still unsure of which product to reach for? You can take our product suggestion quiz and we’ll help point you in the right direction based on your specific skincare concerns. 

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. And remember to always follow up with your moisturizing regimen to get that healthy, glowing complexion!