What steps do you follow to take care of your skin? Usually, a daily skin care regimen includes washing the face with a facial wash and applying moisturizer (especially if you have dry skin). However, there is one more important step you need to include in this process in order to maintain the health and appearance of your skin.
Applying a toner should always be a part of your skincare routine. An effective toner is an excellent way to cleanse your skin of hard-to-reach lingering bacteria and dirt deep inside your pores.
Toners should be applied after cleansing your face and removing all your makeup.
Be it dry, sensitive, or oily; every skin type has its own set of problems. A few common skin problems people generally have to deal with are:
- Excessive pimples or acne
- Large, open skin pores
- Flaky or itchy skin
- Hypersensitive skin
Other than combating skin problems, a toner also helps in maintaining a healthy, glowing, and youthful skin.
The skin toner which will work best for you depends on your skin type. Here are a few DIY toner recipes for specific skin types. These are made using readily available natural ingredients.
How to Make a DIY Toner for Oily Skin
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, this toner will help you to reduce your skin’s oiliness and shrink large pores. It will also help reduce acne, which is quite common among people with oily skin.
Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that fight against acne, while apple cider vinegar effectively reduces the oiliness of the skin and helps balance its pH level.
You may also add a few drops of tea tree oil for added benefits. Tea tree oil helps fight acne breakouts and pimples.
Things you’ll need:
- Steeped green tea – ¾ cup
- Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (with the “mother” in it) – ¼ cup
- Tee tree oil (optional) – a few drops
1. Steep a bag of green tea in ¾ cup of hot water for 5 minutes, then pour it into a jar.
Your homemade toner for greasy and acne-prone skin is now ready to use.
How to Use Your Homemade Toner for Oily Skin
- Dip a cotton pad into the mixture and apply it gently on your face. You can also pour the mixture into a spray bottle and lightly spray it on your face.
- Do not rinse it off after applying. Let it dry instead.
- Use this toner twice daily for effective results.
You may store this homemade toner for oily skin in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
How to Make a DIY Toner for Dry Skin
Dry skin is a common grievance among people of all ages, especially during the cold and arid months of winter. This condition results when your epidermis or outermost layer of the skin is stripped off its natural oils and moisture making your face appear patchy and worn out.
Besides adding years to your face, a dry skin is also particularly sensitive and prone to flaking, redness, and itching. All in all, living with dry skin can be a terrible ordeal but nothing that bit of self-care can’t fix.
One essential step towards restoring your skin’s suppleness is regular toning. Treating your skin with a gentle, non-abrasive toner will help mitigate its dryness and keep your face looking healthy, moisturized, and rejuvenated.
Two dry skin-friendly natural ingredients that beauty experts swear by are rose water and glycerin. While the former helps restore the pH of the skin and makes it appear fresh, the latter provides ample moisture to the dry skin.
Moreover, refrigerated rose water can also help shrink large pores and is known to have a protective effect on damaged skin.
Things you’ll need:
- Rose water – 2 tablespoons
- Glycerin – 1 teaspoon
1. Pour 2 tablespoons of rose water into a spray bottle.
Your DIY toner for dry skin is ready for use.
How to Use Your Homemade Toner for Dry Skin
- Lightly spray the toner on your face. If you prefer, you can keep the toner in a jar and use a cotton pad to dab it on your face.
- Use it every day, before applying a moisturizer.
The toner can be refrigerated for up to 10 days.
How to Make a DIY Toner for Normal Skin
If your skin is not particularly oily or dry, you are likely to have a normal skin type. This toner for normal skin will protect it from becoming too dry or oily, while also moisturizing it.
Cucumber renders a cooling effect without irritating the skin. This makes it suitable for people with particularly sensitive skin as well. It hydrates your skin and provides a soothing sensation. It also strikes the perfect balance by canceling out any extra oiliness or dryness in your skin, thereby making it look smooth and uniform.(5)
Aloe vera, on the other hand, works to impart moisture to your parched skin without making it greasy. It also has antibacterial properties that help ward off acne and pimple breakouts.
Another property that makes aloe vera your skin’s best friend is its accelerating effect on skin cell regeneration. By helping cell turnover, aloe vera helps delay skin aging and reveal fresh new layers of youthful looking skin.(6)
Another ingredient in this therapeutic mix is rose essential oil which boasts of excellent skin rejuvenating properties.
It further has astringent properties to boot, which come in handy for the treatment of acne-prone skin. Add to that, the potent anti-inflammatory effect of this healing agent which helps calm skin irritation to a significant degree.
Another equally effective alternative to rose essential oil is peppermint essential oil. A sprinkling of peppermint essential oil adds to the skin-healing efficacy of this toner by imparting a cooling and refreshing effect. Moreover, it also prevents acne flare-ups by curbing undue skin greasiness.(7)
Things you’ll need:
- Cucumber, medium-sized – 1
- Gel from 1 aloe vera leaf
- Rose oil or peppermint oil – 5 drops
2. Add aloe vera gel to the cucumber juice.
3. Add 5 drops of either rose oil or peppermint oil.
4. Mix it well.
5. Pour it into a spray bottle.
Your natural homemade toner for normal skin is ready to use.
How to use your DIY toner for normal skin
- You can spray it on your face, making sure it covers all the areas of the face.
- Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, rinse it off with normal water.
You can store this mixture in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.
- Witch hazel also works as a great skin toner for all skin types. Make sure you use alcohol-free witch hazel.
- If you don’t have green tea, simply mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar to create a natural skin toner for oily skin.
- If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can just put some toner in a bowl and use cotton pads to dab the toner on your face. Make sure to put the solution in an airtight container when storing.
- Be careful while storing your toner. While refrigeration helps, do not store the homemade toners for more than 7 days. They will lose most of their benefits if stored for too long.
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