How to make a great natural facial toner. It’s easier than you might think.
Store bought toners can be expensive and are full of chemicals and preservatives, not to mention harsh alcohol that can exacerbate existing skin conditions. Avoid these toxins by making your own with only two simple household ingredients.
Firstly, what is a toner and what does it do?
A toner is a wash or lotion to refresh and cleanse skin while shrinking the appearance of pores. It also balances the skins pH levels after facial cleansing. Toners are usually used on the face, but are sometimes also used on the neck and chest, as well as other parts of the body. Toners can be applied by spraying onto the face or dabbing on with a cotton ball or pad.
There are several different varieties of toner.
- Skin fresheners or bracers are the mildest form of toner. They contain water, little to no alcohol (0-10%), and a moisture catching agent like glycerine. These are best for sensitive, dry, dehydrated and normal skin types. A good example of this is rose water.
- Skin tonics are slightly stronger. They contain a small amount of alcohol (up to 20%), water and a moisture catching agent. These are good for normal, oily and combination skin types. Orange flower water is an example of a skin tonic.
- Astringents are the strongest variety of toner. They contain a high level of alcohol (20-60%) and antiseptic ingredients. These are best for oily skin, and should be applied only to problem areas to prevent excessive drying. Witch hazel is a natural astringent. Good formulations include a calming agent like lemon balm.
Note: Alcohol is known to be irritating to skin. It works well to dry out oily skin but can cause other problems. If buying a toner, read the label and avoid products with alcohol. Most natural toners will not have any added alcohol content.
White Tea Toner
There are several recipes to make your own toner, but this one’s my personal favourite. It’s easy, quick and full of antioxidants. This recipe makes a skin freshener.
What you need: 2 tea bags of white tea (caffeinated), 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (all natural), and boiling water.
What you do: Steep tea bags in one cup of boiling water. Stir and let the tea bags remain in the cup until cool. Remove tea bags and pour tea into a glass jar with a tight lid. Stir in aloe vera and keep refrigerated.