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While we love a natural astringent toner (one of our faves, Atlantis Skin Care Glowing Skin Toner, you can buy here), you can also create your own potions at home.
Thanks to HealthStatus.com who have provided this guide to the different types of natural astringent toner. All-natural astringents have a wide variety of skincare benefits: they tighten pores, make skin smoother, clear away dirt and grime, and even help to reduce irritations and infections. Below are some of the most popular natural astringents, as well as tips on how you can add them to your skin regimen.
Rose water is a mild astringent that has been used for centuries to improve the appearance of skin. Applying a few splashes of rose water can reduce the size of pores, help balance your skin’s pH level, and reduce inflammation or irritation–especially for people with sensitive skin. Rose water is an excellent way to cleanse and soothe skin, leaving you with a healthy glow.
Green tea is rich in catechins, a natural compound that works to make skin tighter and firmer. Tea is also rich in antioxidants, which fight the free-radicals responsible for wrinkles, lines, and age spots. Applied topically, it can reduce the severity of acne breakouts, reduce sun damage, and serve as a skin toner. For best results, simply brew a fresh bag of green tea, allow the bag to cool, and dab your face with it.
Witch hazel is one of the most widely known natural astringents. While it is sometimes mixed with alcohol, those with naturally dry skin can also purchase alcohol-free extracts. Witch hazel tightens pores, clears away oil and dead skin cells, and provides protection from bacteria and fungi, making it a versatile addition to any beauty regimen.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Despite its strong smell, apple cider vinegar is an excellent all-natural astringent, boasting a variety of benefits for your skin. It shrinks and cleanses pores, regulates skin pH, reduces inflammation, and fights off infections. Look for unfiltered, non-distilled vinegar, which should have a rich reddish-brown color.
Juices from fruits such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruit have natural antiseptic qualities, keeping bacteria at bay while working to unclog pores, reduce breakouts, and rejuvenate dry skin. Apply freshly squeezed juice to your face and let it set for two to three minutes before wiping it away. You can also combine citrus juice with witch hazel for an even more powerful effect.