An astringent is a substance that has a tendency to shrink your pores. If you have large pores in your face, dabbing it with some astringent will first help remove any dirt or oil that is settled in the pores and will also help shrink the size of the pore. It is highly recommended that women suffering from acne and oily skin use an astringent. The antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties of many astringents will also help you prevent infections in the skin. An astringent is applied after cleansing the face. After the astringent has dried out, you can follow it up with the application of a moisturizer and your make up.
Normally, the store bought astringents have high alcohol content. Products marked as toner have a relatively lesser percentage of alcohol. But rather than buying some product that has a lot of chemicals, you can actually make these toners at home, with readily available ingredients. Make them in small batches that you will use up within two weeks. That way, you are feeding your skin fresh and natural products.
So what are the readily available products that make good astringents?
1. Fruit/ vegetable juices
The juice extracted from cucumber, juice of citrus fruits like lemon and orange, tomato juice – all help in cleansing, reducing oiliness and tightening of the pores. Not just that, because of their properties, they also make you look fresh and bright. To use them as an astringent, simply extract their juice and store it in a bottle in the fridge. After cleansing your face, apply it all over the face with a cotton ball. Leave it for two minutes and wash it off with cold water. Tap your face dry.
2. Rose water
Rose water acts as a mild toner and works best for women with dry or normal skin. Buy a good quality rose water and apply it on the face after cleansing. Leave it to dry and apply moisturizer immediately. Not only does this tighten pores, but also keeps you smelling fresh! For best results, use chilled rose water. You can also dilute it and put it in a spray bottle and use as a mist.
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The fragrance of Chamomile has a calming effect on the mind because of the anti-depressants contained in it. It also soothes irritated skin and is wonderful as a toner. Simply boil a cup and a half of water. To this, add a tsp of dried chamomile leaves. If using a chamomile tea bag, dunk a whole tea bag in the water. Let it boil. You can add some mint leaves to this for additional freshness. Strain and bottle it up and store in the fridge. Your super smelling toner is ready for use. Simply dab some on your face before applying moisturizer for a really fresh skin.
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4. Witch hazel
If you can get your hands on a bottle of witch hazel, then there is no better natural astringent you can have. It reduces oiliness, clears out acne and dries up your pimples. It can be directly applied on the skin for best results.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
How can I not mention ACV when talking about astringents? It clarifies the skin, hydrates it and leaves it clean and oil free. However, it does have a really strong smell. So mix one part of ACV to two parts of water and add a few spoons of rose water to counter the smell. Make in small batches and refrigerate. For better results, you can drop in one aspirin tablet into this. The salicylic acid in the aspirin cleans out pores and prevents acne.
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