When it comes to skincare, we seem to be told so many different things, and people’s advice is always changing. For me, natural will always be the best option!
I’ve done some research and found some great, natural alternatives to toners. I’ll run through the benefits that using a toner can offer to your skin, as well as going through a few ways to make your own toner!
Benefits of Using A Toner
For those who are utterly confused by the world of beauty regimes (using Chapstick counts as having a regime, right?), toners are a big thing. They work to cleanse your skin of leftover makeup and dirt, with the aim of helping keep your pores clean. They’re referred to as toners as they were initially used to calm the skin after using cleansers, which affect the pH of the skin – hence a toner brings it back to its usual level.
They’re also designed to help minimize the appearance of pores, which let’s be honest, is something we all want! Toners are often formulated to hydrate the skin and replenish moisture, which is also something we all want.
Making Your Own Toner
The beauty of making your own makeup and skincare products is that you know exactly what’s going into it! I know it sounds pretty overwhelming, but it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds.
Making your own toner means no nasty chemicals! Many products available now work to remove the oils from your face – sounds great if you suffer from oily skin, right? In fact, this just leads your skin to produce more and more oils, making the whole situation even worse.
Make your own secret recipe and leave out the chemicals to ensure you’re only putting safe things on your face. Look after your skin and save yourself money on endless products that won’t necessarily make a positive difference for you.
I’ve listed my top three natural toner recipes below to give you some inspiration, as well as some general ingredients and why they’re so good for you. You don’t have to stick to these guidelines exactly, so have fun making your own creations that are tailored to your skin.
Sounds a little dodgy, I know, but this toner will work wonders on your skin. The ACV balances out the pH of our skin, as well as giving it a little refresh and reducing the appearance of pores. (buy ACV from Amazon)
- 2 parts water to 1 part ACV – make as much as you need, just stick to this ratio!
- Pour into a bottle, store somewhere cool and shake before each use to re-mix (R Kelly is now on a loop in my head)
- Apply with a cotton pad to the face and neck in upward, sweeping motions
- Allow drying before continuing with your usual skincare regime
You can also add a handful of mint leaves to this recipe, leave it all to sit for a week and then strain and use as above. This will give your toner a fresher scent if you’re worried about the vinegar smell. If not, don’t worry as the scent will fade as you apply moisturizer!
2: Healthy Greens
This toner combines two of my favorite things – cucumber and green tea. I love these in normal life, but even more so in beauty and healthcare products! Cucumber is great for brightening the skin and is soothing to use during summer if you’ve caught the sun a bit too much.
- 1 cucumber – either mash or strain over a bowl or blitz through your juicer; depending on how fine you want your toner to be, you can strain through cheesecloth, too!
- About half a cup of green tea – make as usual and allow to steep for no longer than ten minutes (5 – 7 is ideal, really). You can use tea bags or loose leaf tea, just make sure to strain any leaves out before you use it.
- Mix the liquids together and allow cooling before placing in the fridge or out of direct sunlight.
- Apply with a cotton pad or pour into a spray bottle and use as a refreshing spritzer through the day.
You can use a number of green teas for this recipe, as they will all contain antioxidants to help your skin. You can also add the juice of one lemon to help boost your skin and minimize the appearance of scars.
One of my favorite scents is the rose water (buy it from Amazon), so it’s no surprise that I love using this on my skin. This process takes a little while, so be patient and enjoy the lovely smell that fills your home as you cook up this delicious little toner.
You can find high quality rose petals online – make sure they’ve not been treated with chemicals and are organic – or you can find them out in the wild, depending on where you live! Pick the petals early in the day when they are fresh and full of their wonderful natural scent.
Pour water into whatever container you’ll be keeping the toner in – just as a measurement guide – and add to a pan (add a little extra to compensate for the boiling process!) and bring to the boil
Add several handfuls (or about 2 cups) of rose petals and turn the heat down to allow it all to simmer until the petals become colorless
Allow the mixture to cool before straining – you can use cheesecloth here to make sure your toner is smooth
Apply to your skin using a cotton pad, or your hands – I love having excess toner on my palms because of the beautiful smell! Store in the fridge and use within a week
Rosewater toner suits all skin types so go wild! You can also add rose or lavender essential oils for an extra boost. Rosewater works to tighten skin, reduce the size of pores and help deal with any oily issues you have.
Ingredients and Their Benefits
Just a few ingredients to keep an eye out for in other recipes, or to consider adding to any of the above recipes. Enjoy creating your own blend…
This lovely herb (buy it from Amazon) helps to keep your skin nice and firm, combatting wrinkles and fine lines.
It also naturally helps to control the oils produced by your skin – it doesn’t completely strip your skin of oils so your body won’t go into overdrive, don’t worry! It just naturally balances things out to leave you with nice, healthy-looking skin.
This is a great little secret ingredient that works to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of pores. Neroli can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, helping give your skin a healthy, firm look.
3: Aloe Vera
This is a natural antioxidant, which means it boosts your immune system and keeps your heart healthy. Antioxidants are also believed to help lower the risk of cancer and other conditions, so aloe vera is a great choice.
Rosewater is absolutely beautiful and is great for all skin types. It’s super hydrating, and also helps to keep the level of oils on your skin nicely balanced. If you suffer from any skin conditions (such as acne, scarring or eczema) this is a great option for you!
Rose, in general, is a great scent and rose essential oil is often used to improve moods and relieve tension and anxiety. Using rosewater toner not only gives your skin a refreshing lift but can double up as a mood booster!
I know it sounds weird, but watermelon is so good to apply to your skin! We all know it’s great to eat thanks to its high water content, but it also gives your skin a massive boost in vitamins such as A and C.
If you have sensitive skin, watermelon acts as a gentle cleanser and is packed with antioxidants to protect your skin and body from conditions such as cancer and other forms of cell damage.
6: Witch Hazel
Great for anyone with acne, witch hazel (buy it from Amazon) works to combat any skin issues you’re having, leaving you with healthy, clear skin.
It helps prevent excess sweating, which can often lead to unhappy skin if you don’t manage to rinse your face straight after exercise, or during a long day in the heat! Sweat left on the skin after a workout or day in the sun can irritate it and lead to problems such as acne and dirt build-up.
Find Your Tone(R) Way
Find what suits your budget, lifestyle and most importantly, your skin! We all have different skin and it’s easy to fall into the pattern of using the same skincare routine as friends, or just using what you’ve always used because it’s ‘easy’.
Sometimes it’s worth branching out and seeing what else is out there. Remember it may take a little time for your skin to get used to new products, so don’t give up just because your acne hasn’t disappeared after two days of using a new toner. Give yourself a chance to adjust.
Making your own natural skin toner is great as you’re in total control over what goes into it. I love the freedom that comes with experimenting with DIY beauty products, and there are so many easy ways to make the most of the everyday kitchen supplies, so you don’t really need to worry about sourcing rare ingredients from afar.
Have fun, stay safe and experiment with what works best for you and your skin. Good luck!
Written by: Lucy, a writer currently traveling around South East Asia. I love finding healthy, eco-friendly ways to improve my well-being, and sharing them on SleepHealthEnergy.com.