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Natural Homemade Facial Toner for Clean Skin

Posted By Stacy Karen On October 5, 2012 @ 3:00 am In Herbs,Homemade,Homemade skincare and beauty | Comments Disabled

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer

Using toner (or astringent) as part of a regular skin care routine is helpful in removing dirt, tightening pores, and preparing the skin to be moisturized.

Toners are also known to remove excess oil from the skin, which is helpful for those with extremely oil skin. That said, the pore-tightening effects of toner are beneficial to most skin types.

Many of you may already use toner, and I expect you’ve also heard that witch hazel is an excellent, inexpensive alternative to skin care brands. So, today I’d like to share a few different ways you can make toner at home.

Super simple toners (no recipe required)

toner 001 [2]

Green tea [3]
Brew a cup of green tea and allow to cool. Use a cotton ball to apply to skin.
Green tea especially helpful in soothing irritated skin or sunburns.

Witch Hazel [4]
Easily found at the grocery store or pharmacy, witch hazel is an excellent toner for oily-to-normal and combination skin. It is best avoided on sunburned or extremely dry skin. Because of its antibacterial properties, witch hazel is useful in treating acne prone skin.

Aloe Vera juice [5]
Apply pure aloe vera juice as you would any other toner. This is most suitable for oily skin but can be soothing to sunburned or wind burned skin. It is not recommended for extremely dry skin. If you find aloe vera too drying, dilute with up to 50% distilled water.

Toner recipes

chamomile toner [6]

If you would like to try your hand at making toner, the following three recipes are simple and quick to prepare.

Soothing Chamomile Toner
1 cup water
½ cup vodka
¼ cup witch hazel
¼ cup dried chamomile flowers [7]

Mix everything in a glass jar. Close with a tight-fitting lid.

Allow to sit for 2 weeks.

Strain and pour into a clean jar.

Sweet orange toner
½ cup witch hazel
10 drops sweet orange essential oil [3]

Add ingredients to a clean jar, close with a tight -fitting lid. Shake to blend.

Mint-Vinegar Toner
1 tablespoon dried mint leaves
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar [8]
1 cup distilled water

Mix all ingredients, cover  and allow to sit for three days.
Strain out the mint leaves and pour toner into a clean container with a tight fitting lid.

How to use toner:

Clean skin with cleanser, wash off with warm water.

Pat excess water off with a dry towel.

Pour a small amount of toner onto a cotton ball and apply to the face. If you do not wish to use cotton balls, you may also spritz the face with toner stored in a spray bottle. Just be sure to close your eyes first!

Do you use toner regularly? Have you ever tried to make your own?


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[3] Green tea: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/index.php?AID=087892&BID=676

[4] Witch Hazel: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GCQ04C/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000GCQ04C&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20

[5] Aloe Vera juice: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I48LLS/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000I48LLS&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20

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[7] dried chamomile flowers: http://www.bulkherbstore.com/#a_aid=keeperofthehome

[8] apple cider vinegar: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I7MVG0/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001I7MVG0&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20

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