How to apply astringent to your face
Astringent is a powerful cleansing tool that many women and men omit from their daily skincare routine. Used after cleansing skin to deep clean into pores, astringent is vital for removing leftover dirt, makeup and oil. Individuals with acne prone skin may notice a decrease in breakouts when astringent is added to their daily skincare routine and others will notice an improvement in skin’s tone and texture.
Astringent also provides an ultra-clean and smooth canvas for applying a daily moisturizer, sunblock, foundation and other makeup products. A variety of inexpensive astringents can be found at your local drug store, beauty supply store or discount retailer.
Select the appropriate astringent
Astringents are available for a variety of different skin types. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to select an astringent that is designed for your skincare needs. Individuals with combination or oily skin may see better results with a stronger formula. Astringents containing salicylic acid are a good choice for acne prone skin.
Cleanse your face thoroughly
Astringents are designed to be used after cleansing your skin, so start by throughly cleansing your face and neck using your favorite liquid cleanser product. Pat skin dry using a clean towel. Astringents can be used in the morning and/or evening, but provide best results immediately after removing makeup.
Prepare a cotton applicator
A variety of cotton products can be purchased at your local drug store or beauty supply store that have multiple uses in your home and beauty routine. While traditional cotton balls can be used to apply astringent to your face, best results may be experienced with a flat cotton round or cotton square. Keep your favorite cotton applicator product near your sink or vanity for easy access during your cleansing routine.
Apply astringent to cotton applicator
When it comes to astringent, a little generally goes a long way. Squirt or pour a small amount of astringent onto your favorite cotton applicator. To avoid wasting astringent, the cotton applicator should be damp to the touch, but not dripping with product.
Apply cotton applicator to your face
Once your cotton applicator is dampened with astringent, wipe it across your face and neck using gentle sweeping motions. Continue until you have treated your entire face and neck. It is normal for the cotton applicator to turn yellow, orange or brown due to the dirt, oil and makeup trapped in your pores. Some individuals continue the process with a new cotton applicator until it no longer changes color, but for more sensitive skin this may provoke irritation. Properly dispose of cotton applicators after use.
Apply a good daily moisturizer
Because astringent can be drying to the skin, it is best to follow astringent application with a good daily moisturizer, preferably one that contains sunscreen. When using an astringent at night, follow with a moisturizing night cream for best results.