5 Simple DIY Toners for Glowing Skin

September 18, 2019

5 Simple DIY Toners for Glowing Skin

Most of us know that the best way to keep our skin healthy and glowing is to use CTM or the cleansing-toning-moisturizing routine, twice daily. Cleansers clear away makeup and dirt, toners remove everything else left behind by the cleanser and moisturizers create a protective barrier on the skin to prevent loss of moisture. Many women believe that toners do not really play a role in skin care and, as a result, skip toning. However, toners perform several tasks and freshen up and clarify the skin. So today we will be making our own super simple skin toners for a healthy and glowing complexion.

But before we move on to DIY toner recipes, here is a brief note on the benefits of using toners.

Benefits of Skin Toners

Toners are sold under various names in the market: astringents, clarifying lotions, fresheners, etc. No matter what they are called, toners are designed to play an important role. They remove surface skin cells (that are dead) along with soap residue, leftover makeup and oil or dried sebum from the pores. Good toners contain ingredients like witch hazel, aloe vera, rose water, apple cider vinegar, alcohols, or salicylic acid. These cause different sensations on the skin like cooling, tingling, and sometimes, even irritation. This indicates that the toner has penetrated inside the pores to remove bacteria, dried sebum and debris. Needless to say, you must not use alcohol based toners if you have dry skin.

Here are the benefits of skin toners in a nutshell:

  • Detoxifies skin pores.
  • Deep cleans the skin by removing soap residue and oils.
  • Minimizes pores.

Toners According to Skin Type

Dry Skin Toners

Choose a toner without alcohol. Go for chamomile, green tea, aloe vera or rose water based toners. Toners with menthol can provide a cooling sensation without the drying effect of alcohol. Look for toners that claim to be irritatant-free.

Oily Skin Toners

All alcohol based toners are suitable for oily skin. Go for astringent toners containing salicylic acid, witch hazel, etc.

Combination Skin Toners

Go for skin balancing ingredients like rose water and witch hazel.

How to Use Skin Toners

  • Wash your face thoroughly with tepid water and a mild cleanser.
  • Pat your skin gently with a clean towel; it should be slightly damp and not dripping wet.
  • Soak a clean cotton ball with the toner.
  • Dab it gently over the skin.
  • Rub the cotton completely over your entire face.
  • Do not tug or stretch your skin.
  • If you see dirt, grime or makeup on the cotton ball, take a clean one and dip it again in the toner. Repeat the steps above.
  • Let the toner air dry.
  • Follow up with a good moisturizer.

DIY Skin Toner Recipes

     1. Detoxifying Green Tea Toner

Green tea is so good for the body internally that there is no reason why it shouldn’t be good for the skin when applied topically. When used over the skin, green tea helps detoxify pores and refreshes clogged, congested and tired skin. 

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 4 bags green tea
  • Juice of an entire lemon

Bring the water to a boil. Place the tea bags in the hot water and steep and refrigerate them for 4 hours. After steeping, remove the bags and add lemon juice. Pour the toner in a spray bottle. Use the toner after cleansing. Use this toner within 2 weeks

     2.  Refreshing Cucumber Toner

This is a great toner for a refreshing, hydrating pick me up for tired skin. It is suitable for dry and oily skin types.

  • 1 cucumber-grated
  • ¼ cup rose water. You can buy this readymade or make it at home.
  • 1 tsp glycerin

Blend all ingredients and strain using a fine strainer. Store the toner in a clean glass bottle in the refrigerator. To use, dip a clean cotton ball and apply all over the face.

  1. Chamomile Toner for all Skin Types

This is like a universal toner for all skin types. It contains chamomile which is a skin friendly ingredient that relaxes tired skin. Chamomile is also anti aging and reduces puffiness. Honey moisturizes the skin and also acts as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredient.

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tsp dried chamomile herbs and flowers or 2 bags of chamomile tea
  • ½ tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp glycerin

Boil the water and steep chamomile tea or herbs in it for 15-20 minutes. If you use dried herbs, strain the tea and in case you use tea bags, remove them. Now add the glycerin and honey. Stir until well blended. Wait for the chamomile infusion to cool before storing in a spray bottle. To use: spray all over the face after cleansing.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (if you have dry or sensitive or acne prone skin, reduce this to 1 tbsp)
  • 8-10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 7-8 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 cup distilled water

Combine all ingredients in a clean spray bottle. Apply on skin daily post cleansing.

  1. Rose and Witch Hazel Toner
  • 1 cup witch hazel tincture
  • 2 tsp dried rose petals
  • 1 tsp each: dried aloe vera, dried calendula flowers, dried chamomile flowers, dried comfrey leaves, dried rose hips, dried yarrow.

Combine all ingredients in a jar. Cover and macerate at room temperature for 2 days. Shake well daily. After 2 days, strain the liquid. Discard dried herbs and flowers. Store the liquid in a clean glass bottle. Apply to cleansed skin every day. It is best to store this toner in a dark colored glass bottle and refrigerate it. This toner can last for several months.

Toners balance the pH of the skin and keep it clean and fresh. We hope you love these simple DIY toner recipes! Let us know what your favorites are!


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