Natural Astringents

Natural astringents contain chemicals that cause body tissue to constrict and pull together. So when applied topically, they cause skin to tighten and pores to shrink. They give the skin a smoother, firmer texture, with less-visible pores.

Natural astringents also have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that can reduce infections and irritation. They are often prepared as hydrosols for inclusion in facial toners.


– Shrink pores

– Smooth skin

– Relieve irritation

– Restore healthy pH

– Reduce breakouts

Plants with a high tannin content make excellent natural astringents. They have largely replaced alcohol, which, although a powerful astringent, is far too drying for routine use.

And routine, everyday application is what it takes to minimize pores, even with strong astringents. So it is wise to use natural ones that will treat your skin gently while giving you the smooth, clear complexion that you want.

Best natural astringents for minimizing the pores:
The best pore minimizing compounds
What you need to know about pH balance
Flower waters that shrink pores

Rose Water

Rose water is a mild astringent, suitable for all skin types. It is ideal in toners and pore minimizers. Its smell, of course, belongs just about everywhere. More...

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is the most well-known natural astringent. It is often mixed with alcohol. But even alcohol-free witch hazel can be drying and, for use on dry skin, is best used in combination with milder astringents. More...

Orange Blossom Water

Orange blossom water is a mild astringent, suitable for all skin types. It helps to reduce pore size and deeply cleanse and smooth the skin, restoring its natural pH balance and refreshing the senses. More...

Green Tea

In addition to its astringent effects, green tea brings potent antioxidants and other healing benefits to the skin. Its antioxidants make up 25% of its dry weight. More...

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an astringent, suitable for all skin types. It helps minimize and refine pores and improve skin tone. More...

Calendula Flowers

Calendula is renowned for its soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits. It is one of the great healing herbs. The vivid colors of its petals come from nineteen different carotinoids, each of which is a powerful anti-oxidant with healing properties that add to its astringent benefits. More...


Cucumber soothes the skin and reduces swelling, which is why we use cucumber slices over the eyes – it reduces dark circles and puffiness. But it does much more. More...

Elder Flower

Elder blossoms help reduce the size of pores, prevent wrinkle formation, and protect against infections and breakouts – ideal in facial toners. More...


Mint is an astringent with cooling and soothing effects on the skin. It is high in salicylic acid, used in many products to exfoliate dead cells. Plus it has a delightful, refreshing aroma. More...

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