Woman holding a astringent and a cotton pad

Astringent may be the most important, yet most overlooked, beauty product to help keep your skin healthy and acne-free. The number one cause of acne is bacteria, which finds a happy home within your pores. When pores are loaded with dead skin cells, oil and dirt, bacteria is at its best. Astringent can help to combat all of those problems simply and easily.

Purchase an inexpensive astringent for daily skin care. While there are a number of fancy astringent beauty products available on the market, they all include the same basic ingredients, so it is not necessary to spend a lot of money. While astringent is fantastic for all skin types, if you happen to have extremely dry skin, you can choose to use toner instead, which has astringent qualities but does not overdry sensitive skin.

Wash your face thoroughly with mild soap and warm water, patting dry. If you have severe acne, you may find it helpful to use a mild facial soap with antibacterial properties. Make sure that you rinse away all soap residues before applying astringent.

Apply a small amount of astringent to a cotton makeup pad and then apply to your skin using a dabbing motion. It is important not to smear or rub beauty products onto the skin, since that spreads acne-causing bacteria. Begin with a small amount of astringent, adding more as necessary.

Cover your entire face with the astringent and enjoy the refreshing tingle. Use astringent two to three times daily to keep your skin clear and healthy. Apply a light moisturizer after using astringent.