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Maintaining a consistent skin care routine is essential to a clear complexion. Keeping your skin clean and well moisturized will allow you to maintain a youthful, healthy appearance. There are many skin products to choose from and finding the right combination will depend on your skin type. Both cleansers and astringents are important to well-balanced skin and knowing the difference between them is key to choosing which will work best for you.

Your Skin Type

There are five basic skin types. Combination and oily skin are very common. Other types include normal, dry and sensitive. Once you have identified which of these categories describes your skin, you can choose the best products for your needs. If your skin is very sensitive or you have persistent, painful acne, consult a dermatologist before using new products.

Types of Cleansers

Cleansing is the first step in your daily skin care routine. Cleansers remove dirt, excess oil and makeup. Cleansers come in intensities ranging from mild to maximum strength. Mild cleansers are ideal for people with sensitive skin. Cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are good for oily or acne-prone skin.

Types of Astringents

Astringents are products which are applied after cleansing the skin but before moisturizing. An astringent closes the pores and helps eliminate shine. You may not need an astringent in addition to your regular cleanser. If your skin is dry or sensitive, the use of an astringent may make the condition worse.

Do You Need Both?

Cleanser and astringent are used for different purposes, but are helpful when used in combination. If you do not cleanse the skin properly, the astringent can trap bacteria in your pores causing irritation and breakouts. Astringents and toners can be harsh, if you begin to notice excessive dryness or redness you may want to use the astringent only once daily, or every other day.

About the Author

Kalynn Bayron

Kalynn Bayron has been writing professionally since 2008. She has contributed to Shakespeare Squared and offers fashion and relationship advice through various online publications. Bayron holds a professional certificate in graphic design from Sessions College for Professional Design.