DIY Facial Toner
I have used a lot of different facial toners over the last few years. After doing a lot of reading on skin care, I’ve come to the conclusion a toner is really important in your daily skincare routine. Toner is help to soothe, cool and calm your skin. It will help tighten your pores. I use my toner after washing my face, in the morning and at night after removing my makeup. I then apply my other skin care products. I definitely notice a difference in the smoothness and clarity of my skin if I don’t use it. I have paid a lot for toners in the past which do work well, but I ran out one evening and decided I would check one of the DIY products that I’ve heard about. I am a huge proponent of using natural product when possible, and especially if they work just as well and are way cheaper!!
So I started reading up on what types of ingredients are found in natural toners. I used quite a few and found that most of them consist of Witch Hazel and Apple Cider Vinegar. Witch Hazel is a cooking agent that naturally cleanses and cools the skin. It’s great if you have sensitive skin, has anti-bacterial properties, and aids in healing. It gives the appearance of tightening the skin as it closes the pores . Also great for relieving puffy eyes. Apple Cider Vinegar is the other key component. You have to use raw, all natural, unfiltered and unpasteurized as in Bragg/Apple Cider Vinegar is an astringent and restores your proper ph. It will also help tighten and soothe your skin. You will want to find a container for your toner. I use a dark glass container because I add essential oils which need to be kept in a dark, glass container to protect the integrity of the oils. Use equal parts of apple cider vinegar and witch hazel, depending on how much you wish to make. I use about 1/4 cup of each, and keep it for about 1 month in my bathroom vanity.
I then add my essential oils: Frankincense – which will tone, lift and help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Lavender – which acts as and anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-aging product.
Tea Tree Oil – is great for breakouts.
Add about 5-10 drops of each essential oil to your apple cider vinegar and witch hazel. Then to complete your toner fill the rest of your container with distilled water. If I add 1/4 cup of vinegar and witch hazel, I usually add about 1/8 cup of distilled water. Distilled water is water that has been boiled and the impurities removed. The steam is then condensed. You can use regular tap water but I prefer distilled. It is very inexpensive. I actually use a small spray bottle and spray the toner on my face and wipe away with a cotton ball or pad. Your skin will feel so cool and refreshed!. I have noticed no difference between the pricey store bought brands and my DIY.
1/4 Cup raw, organic, unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup Witch Hazel
5-10 drops Frankincense
5-10 drops of Lavender
5 drops of tea tree oil (optional)
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