We are all taught that to have
attractive skin we need to first determine what type of skin we have and to properly
wash and moisturize our faces accordingly. However, another very important step
in maintaining clean, toned skin is to use an astringent skin toner between washing
and moisturizing your face.
Astringents are commonly referred to as toners and are basically used to remove
oils and tighten the skin. Natural ingredients, such as green tea, witch hazel,
calendula, chamomile, yarrow, nettles, sage oil and avocado oil, are the basis
for a great number of the most gentle and effective astringents. Sometimes alcohol-based
astringents are used to cleanse oily skin, but these can prove to be excessively
drying and strip the skin of essential oils it needs for maximum health.
A truly effective astringent skin toner should improve the circulation to skin
tissues and cause them to tighten, control surface oil and lower the skin's pH
after cleansing. The toner also prepares your skin by removing all traces of leftover
makeup and opening the pores prior to applying moisturizer. You can determine
what type of astringent to choose based upon your skin type and needs. An astringent
can be used to calm and soothe irritated skin, promote healing and remove excess
oils to prevent potential blackheads and blemishes, as well as to firm the skin
to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, prevent sagging tissues and improve the
appearance of the skin overall,
First, your should wash your face with a gentle cleanser that is suitable for
your skin type, whether dry, normal, combination, oily or sensitive. Avoid harsh
cleaners or soaps which could strip the skin, especially since you will get that
extra cleansing step from applying an astringent. Dry your face with a soft, clean
towel, preferably made from natural materials. Use a cotton ball or soft tissue
to apply toner to your face with gentle strokes, first on your t-zone and then
lightly on your cheeks. Let the astringent dry on the surface of your skin and
then apply moisturizer. You will find that your skin seems more receptive to the
moisturizer and absorbs it more quickly. Also, using a toner inhibits surface
skin oil and prevents breakouts. This three step cleansing process should be done
twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
Daily use of an astringent skin toner helps to make your skin more clean, clear
and healthy. By tightening your skin and removing surface oils and bacteria, you
can dramatically improve your complexion.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent
any skin disease. Please consult with your dermatologist before starting a skin care regimen.