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Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:07 pm      Reply with quote
Hi all,
I am a little confused, can someone tell me the difference between a toner and an astringent? I thouht that a toner balances the pH and puts moisture back in the skin, and that and astringent is more for deeper cleansing and exfoliation- am I way off- or are they the same thing?

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Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:32 pm      Reply with quote
It'd make sense for the two to be separate and unique. But the terms are actually used pretty interchangably -- by both makers and users. Kinda like sofa and couch.

I think of astringents as being stronger -- with alcohol content. But I've seen bottles with "toner" on the label, and alcohol as the first ingredient. Neutral

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Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:37 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks Sidda!

I was wondering about that and was so confused when buying and "astringent/toner"

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Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:53 pm      Reply with quote
I am beginning to believe that toner is the new word for astringent. There are many products calling themselves toners when they seem to have astringent like ingredients. The word astringent and alcohol used to go hand in hand but alcohol fell out of favour with many users so toner became the new name. IMO toner should be a ph neutraliser/residual cleaner.

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:32 am      Reply with quote
I have only gotten concerned about ingredients in my skincare products in the past year or so. Prior to that, I figured astringents were stronger (more "stripping") to skin than toners -- perhaps due to the alcohol content as others have mentioned.
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:17 pm      Reply with quote
I thought astringent has alcohol in it and toners perform the same function but it can have alcohol or be alcohol-free.

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 4:20 pm      Reply with quote
Whatever the case, I would check the ingredients list to make sure that it does not contain alcohol (which can be very drying) before you purchase a toner. I would hope that with better toners the label might read "pH balancing". If you have more time before you need to buy a toner, do some good research on specific products (like doing a search on EDS Smile).

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Thu May 28, 2009 11:44 am      Reply with quote
astringent is always drying (good for oily, acne prone skin) and tightening. toners have other and different functions - check their claims

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Thu May 28, 2009 12:10 pm      Reply with quote
I've used astringents in the past and they're way too strong. Like somebody else said I think it has a lot to do with alcohol content. Most toners contain alcohol but I think it's not nearly as much as in astringents.
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Thu May 28, 2009 1:39 pm      Reply with quote
I thought astrignent is one type of many toners, which contains alcohol and may tighten the skin.
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