What's The Difference Between an Astringent, Tonic and a Toner ?
...And is Using One Really Necessary?
Astringents, toners, and tonics are often thought to be the same. But, the main difference between them is alcohol content.
Typically, astringents contain the highest concentration of alcohol, toners have less alcohol than astringents, but tonics usually contain little to no alcohol at all.
Tonics are usually made from the leaves, stems or flowers of flowers and herbs.
Historically, all have been used to complete the cleansing process and to restore PH balance to the skin.
But as cleansers have become gentler and PH balanced, tonics have taken on a new role. Now tonics are used to target an array of skin concerns from dry skin to acne.
For these reasons, tonics are still an important step in your daily skincare routine.