Surely you have at least once asked yourself this question, wondering which of the two skin care products to purchase. It seems that they are almost the same. Or is it still not? This article will help you figure it out.

First, let’s talk about the similarities of these two products. Both tonic and hydrolat are used for the following purposes:

— equalize the pH of the skin;

— cleanse the skin of impurities;

— prepare for further procedures.

Both products are safe for the skin, but it is worth remembering that they can cause individual allergic reactions.

And now we offer to go through some points in which the differences between tonics and hydrosols are hidden.


Tonic = water + oils + extracts + vitamins + glycerin

Hydrolate = distilled water + herbal ingredients


Tonics have a pronounced pleasant aroma, which is given by special mixtures of essential oils in the composition.

The hydrolat has a rather specific, but not pronounced aroma, which arises due to the microparticles of essential oils remaining after distillation.

Effect on the skin

Tonic and hydrolat act differently on the skin.

Tonics have a pH of 5-6, while the pH of hydrolates can vary. Not every hydrosol will be able to restore the pH of the skin to the proper level.

Tonics provide the skin with a feeling of hydration, softness and uniformity, while hydrolates quickly soothe irritation and redness of the skin.

So, what do you prefer — tonic or hydrolat?

As you can see, it is difficult to unequivocally answer this question: each product has its own pluses and minuses. In any case, the decision is yours.

We advise you to put both products on the shelf in the bathroom. And no, they will not duplicate each other: the tonic can be used to cleanse the skin, and the hydrolat, as a more versatile product, can be added to masks, body wraps, baths, sprayed on hair, used in aromatherapy, etc.

The SIBERINA assortment includes a large selection of both tonics and hydrolats for different skin types. To help you make the right choice, we have put together a selection of great products for you to use on a daily basis.

Tonics for all skin types

Face tonic «Moisturizing» normalizes the water-lipid balance, protects against dryness, peeling and exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Face tonic «Freshness and radiance of the skin» improves cellular metabolism, protects the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals, rejuvenates, soothes and evens out the relief.


Chamomile hydrolat thanks to its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used to cleanse and care for all skin types. Ideal for sensitive, inflamed, irritated skin.

Raspberry hydrolate refreshes the skin and improves complexion, gives smoothness and elasticity. In addition, it has a slightly drying effect, due to which it regulates the production of sebum, reduces pores. Cosmetologists also recommend hydrolate to prevent skin aging — with constant use, it has a good tightening and renewing effect.

lavender hydrolate acts as an active tonic, activating metabolic processes and improving the color of the skin. The tool effectively moisturizes and nourishes the skin, helps fight acne, inflammation, heals small wounds well.


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