Of course, oily skin types are prone to various skin problems, one of the most common being acne and blackheads. It is also difficult to apply make-up because the skin will produce more oil than its normal level. What can we do to solve this problem? The solution is to incorporate natural astringents into our skincare routine. Want to know what it is and how? Stay tuned, Sereni-Trees!
Getting to know Astringent
Similar to toners, astringents are water-based skincare products that cleanse impurities from the skin’s pores. Although not all, most astringent products contain alcohol content such as Isopropyl. On the other hand, there are always natural alternatives that act as natural astringents. However, the use of these products is more suitable for acne-prone or oily skin. Why?
Other benefits of astringents themselves include:
- Shrinks pores
Astringents can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, giving the skin a smoother and firmer appearance.
- Control excess oil
This product can help reduce excess oil production on the skin, reduce excess shine, and prevent breakouts.
- Removing residual dirt
Astringents are suitable for removing the remnants of dirt, oil, and dust that remain after washing your face.
- Reduces inflammation
Some astringents contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients that help reduce inflammation in the skin, such as in acne or sensitive skin.
We can see from the benefits, it’s more suitable for oily or acne-prone skin! If those of us with sensitive/dry skin use astringents frequently, our skin may become even drier and irritated! That’s why if you are interested in trying it, you should choose a product that suits your skin type, problems, and natural ingredients with minimal synthetic chemicals. It’s even better to consult your needs first!
How is Astringent Different from Toner?
Although similar in texture, there are some differences between these two skincare products. Firstly, the composition of the ingredients. Toners often use glycerin and glycolic ingredients while astringents are water-based with a higher content of synthetic or natural alcohol (natural astringents) than toners. Therefore, we can conclude from their formulations that toners are more open to all skin types and astringents are more suitable for those with oily or acne-prone skin.
While astringents have several functions, their main purpose is to control oil and shrink pores. Meanwhile, toners have different specifications (depending on each product), ranging from balancing the skin’s pH, providing light hydration, and cleansing the skin.
Which one to choose, toner or astringent? It all comes down to your skin type and concerns, Sereni-Trees! But generally for those with oily/acne-prone skin, astringents are more effective and those with sensitive or dry skin can use toners. Also make sure when choosing both products, avoid too harsh chemicals. It’s best to choose the natural ingredient option to minimise the risk!
Natural Astringent Alternatives as a Solution
The power of natural ingredients is endless! We don’t have to sacrifice our skin health by looking for effective products with high alcohol content. Simply choose products with natural substitutes sourced from plant extracts, fruits, or organic ingredients such as:
- Green Tea
Green tea is rich in antioxidants such as catechins that help fight free radicals and combat the signs of ageing. In addition, the tannin content in green tea provides astringent properties. Tannins can shrink pores, control excess oil production, and provide a firming effect on the skin. Acne development will also be reduced with the cleansing antiseptic properties of green tea!
- Lemon Water
The ascorbic acid content in lemons is what acts like a natural astringent that can tighten the skin and shrink pores. As a bonus, lemon is also a natural ingredient that can brighten and even out skin tone.
Active substances such as bisabolol have anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe inflamed skin. Meanwhile, flavonoids have astringent properties that are responsible for shrinking pores. Additionally, chamomile can also provide a refreshing effect and protect the skin from pollution.
- Rose Water
The phenyl ethyl alcohol and tannin content of rose water is like a natural astringent! This is useful for providing a firming effect. Rose water can also cleanse, moisturise, and give a refreshing effect afterwards].
- Witch Hazel
One of the most popular natural ingredients as a natural astringent is plant-derived witch hazel. Witch hazel is rich in antioxidant compounds such as tannins and polyphenols that are suitable for treating acne-prone skin or preventing acne/infection (anti-bacterial properties).
The 5 natural ingredients above are popular options for replacing synthetic astringent products. But don’t forget that even though natural ingredients are less risky, make sure your skin isn’t sensitive or allergic before using them!
Tips for Using Astringent Ala Serenitree
Interested in starting to use astringents in your skincare routine? Don’t make the wrong move! Serenitree will spill the right steps to use this skincare. Avoid using it incorrectly that can lead to skin damage!
- Always start with clean skin
Clean skin makes it easier for any skincare to be absorbed properly. Make sure to use a cleanser according to your skin type, remove all makeup, and gently pat dry.
- Application of astringent using cotton wool
This is to minimise contamination due to direct contact with hands as well as to remove dirt on the face. Try to avoid sensitive areas such as the lips or near the eyes.
- Let it set before continuing to apply moisturiser
Allow the product to absorb well and then start using other skincare products such as moisturiser. As we all know, astringents can dry out your face, so always apply moisturiser afterwards!
On another note, we should avoid using retinol or alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). It’s best to consult beforehand so that the active ingredients don’t collide with each other and react negatively.
For Serenitree Squad who are curious about natural astringents, you can first try using Serenitree’s Anti Aging Hand Cream variant with Green Tea Extract. Regular use can certainly result in healthy nails and moisturised and youthful hand skin, interesting right?