So, many people have never in there entire life used a toner, but this past year I have used a green tea toner every morning and night, and WOW what a difference! Toners put your skins PH balance back to normal and close up the pores to your skin. You wash your face to clean out the pores, but if you don’t properly close them back up then what exactly is the point in cleaning them out in the first place? Toners also help replenish the vitamins you lost while cleaning your face. The type of toner you choose should go with your skin type. I make mine at home, and keep them in the fridge. But don’t leave out your toners for too long, or they will grow bacteria and you will be putting bacteria on your face that doesn’t belong there!
There are different types of toners, and it’s best to choose one that will go with your skin type.
This is a gentle toner, with caffeine to stimulate the skin and tighten it up. Great for an ‘everything toner’. And super easy to make too! Just get two tea bags, boil some water, and pour into a bowl or glass or whatever you are using. I let my green tea toner steep for about 2 hours (the longer you let it steep the stronger and better for your skin it’ll be!). Then you just pour into your jar or bottle and keep in the fridge. Apply every time you wash your face or take a shower, just apply it and let it dry on your face and then apply face lotion afterwards. (If you don’t apply face lotion afterwards it can dry out your skin and cause it to overproduce oils and make you break out).
A very gentle toner, especially beneficial for those who have normal to sensitive skin. Chamomile fights inflammation and promotes overall healthy skin. Using this toner could help wake the muscles in your face up. Simply do the same as you would if you were making green tea toner.
Apple Cider Vinegar
An especially great toner for acne prone skin, it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and aids in balancing your skins PH level. Simply get a bottle or some sort of container for your toner, fill it halfway with apple cider vinegar and the rest with water. And there you go! Do not rinse off after application, use as you would with the above two toners. Store in the fridge.
WARNING. If you are going to use witch hazel as a toner, make sure that it does not contain alcohol. Alcohol dries out your skin and ages it faster, make sure it is pure witch hazel. This toner is a strong astringent, this aids in reducing swelling, cleansing the skin and minimizing pores. It also has disinfectant properties, and when used on the skin can reduce bacteria. Simply purchase pure witch hazel and store in your cabinet and use as you would any other toner, you may diffuse with water if you have more sensitive skin.
This toner is naturally clarifying and cleansing, and is amazing at balancing out discoloration and redness in the skin. To make,collect about 2 cups of rose petals and place in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cover with distilled water (around 2 1/2 cups) and simmer until the liquid has reduced in volume by about half. DON’T BOIL. As the water heats up you will begin to see drops of rose oil forming on the surface of the water. Soon the water will begin to have a rosy color to it and feel thick and oily, this means it is ready. Cool, pour into sterilized jars and store in the refrigerator.
There are many other great toners, but I’ve found these are the best!