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The Important Differences Between Toner and Astringent

June 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Beauty Tips, Education, Skin Care

What Is the Difference Between Astringent and Toner?

Two of the most popular but often misused cleansing products available are toners and astringents. Both products are almost a ‘must’ in every skin care regimen, however, your particular skin type will determine whether you use an astringent or a toner.

Astringents and tone are similar in the fact that they help absorb excess oil and make sure the skin doesn’t look shiny. Still, they are a little different from each other. To know the basic difference between skin toner and astringents is to know hot to treat your skin properly.


Astringents are chemical based or alcohol based and are used to dry and protect the skin. Astringent helps tighten the pores, acting as a guard from bacteria or oil that could penetrate the pores and cause acne pimples. Therefore, typically those with acne skin incorporate an astringent into their daily cleansing routine. Astringents can irritate sensitive skin, so be sure to consult a skin care professional before beginning a new skin care regimen.

Witch Hazel is a wonderful, natural astringent that can be found in all drug stores and most super markets. It’s inexpensive too!


Toners normally consist of moisturizers, oils and extracts that help soothe and hydrate your skin.  Some toners, called fresheners, work similarly to astringents by tightening the skin, but they are made of ingredients like caffeine and green tea instead of alcohol.  This is why many people become confused when they hear that toners also tighten the skin and shrink pores, but are not considered astringents.

Choosing the right toner for your skin is important.  Be sure to read the ingredients and know what to look for.  If your skin is dry or sensitive, steer clear of any toners with even the minutest amount of alcohol.

Adding to the confusion are toners that contain ‘acids’, like glycolic acid.  Although one may think an acid is drying, glycolic acids have long been used as an exfoliant to loosen the natural oils and dirt that build up in pores. This deep cleansing action minimizes the appearance of the pores and reduces the development of pimples or blackheads.

In summary, toners and astringents are similar, but different!  To get the most out of your at-home skin care products, book a consultation with a skin care professional to review your skin type and what type of products will enhance your beauty and help you meet your skin care goals.  It is certainly worth protecting whatever investment you make in skin care products to ensure you are buying the right ones.

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About Valentina Chistova

Valentina Chistova is a world-renowned aesthetician and beauty expert whose experience encompasses all facets of skin care and body treatments. Internationally trained, educated and certified, Valentina has devoted more than twenty years to her profession.

Valentina is a member of the National Cosmetology Association and a CIDESCO candidate (Comite International Desthetique et de Cosmetologie Desthetique), which is the highest degree of beauty therapy certification available in the United States and worldwide. Most recently, Valentina completed a rigorous training program with the Spanish organization Wontersaf, one of the world’s leading centers for trichology, capillary diagnostics and scalp and hair treatment to combat hair loss and other hair dysfunctions. Valentina also holds a Registered Nursing Degree from Kharkov State University and Cosmetology degrees from the Kharkov Medical Institute in the Ukraine and the Capri Institute of Cosmetology in New Jersey.

Valentina is the owner and director of skin care for Aquamedica Salon and Day Spa in Long Branch NJ.

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