A good care regimen can do wonders for the skin, especially after its daily contact with makeup and dirt. You should always keep both astringent and moisturizer in your skin-care arsenal. Both have their own benefits -- if you use each one properly, you'll no doubt be saving face every day.
Astringent is generally alcohol-based, and comes in the form of a cream or lotion intended to cleanse the skin. It's designed to remove dirt and oil from pores and tighten the skin, and can also be used to treat scars, skin blemishes and stretch marks. For sensitive skin, there are a variety of astringents made with milder ingredients such as plant extracts, herbs and fruit juices.
Astringent Use and Application
Astringent should be applied after showering and before moisturizing. It can be applied lightly with a cotton ball or pad onto the most oily parts of the face -- usually the nose, chin and forehead. A cooling sensation is normal when you first apply astringent. Over time, skin will appear clear and vibrant, though daily use can dry it out.
Most moisturizers consist of emulsions -- tiny droplets of oil or another moisturizing ingredient mixed into a watery base. To keep skin from drying out, moisturizers also contain humectants, substances that attract water and help to lock it in to keep the skin hydrated. With increased moisture levels, the outer layer of skin becomes more translucent. This allows more light to reach the lower layers of skin so it can give off a radiant glow. Some moisturizers are made to help prevent signs of aging by stimulating the regrowth of collagen and elastin to maintain skin firmness and elasticity.
Moisturizer Use and Application
Moisturizer should be applied after astringent, onto damp skin, twice a day. Dab moisturizer on your nose, cheeks, forehead, chin and neck and rub it into your skin in small, circular motions. Allow it to fully absorb and dry for a few minutes before applying makeup. Oil-free moisturizer is best for use on the face, while thicker, oil-based creams are best for the arms, legs and body.