In order to have a healthy skin, it’s important to use an astringent or a toner that completes your daily skin care. The toner tightens the pores and removes the dirt so as to prepare the skin for the moisturizer. Toners are particularly recommended for those having an oily skin, as it removes the excess oil. There are numerous commercial toners that you can use, but in order to be sure that you only offer the best to your skin, you should start preparing your own facial toners.
1. Witch Hazel
This herb can be found in pharmacies and in grocery stores and it makes a great facial toner. It is good for combination skins and oily-to-normal skins. If you have very dry skin, then you should avoid it. The witch hazel essential oil has antibacterial properties and it can treat acne. Apply it with a cotton ball every evening.
2. Green Tea
This is probably the simplest and the most efficient facial toner that you can use. You can simply boil a cup of water and then add a green tea bag. Let it steep for a few minutes and after it’s cooled, you can apply it on your skin with a cotton ball. This natural toner is great for all type of skins and if you suffered from sunburns or if you have irritated skin, it will reduce the inflammation.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is known for promoting skin health. Thus, it makes an excellent toner. Apply the aloe vera juice with a cotton ball. It is ideal for oily skins and it can also heal sunburned skin. Also, you should avoid it if you have dry skin. You can dilute the aloe vera with distilled water if it’s too drying for you.
Chamomile is known for its relaxing and antibacterial properties. In order to prepare the toner, you need witch hazel (1/4 cup), vodka (1/2 cup), water (1 cup) and dried chamomile flowers (1/4 cup). Mix all the ingredients and put them in a glass jar that you will close tightly. Let them steep for almost 2 weeks, strain the solution and then apply it on your face as a regular toner.
5. Mint and Vinegar
This toner is extremely refreshing. You will need distilled water (1 cup), apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons) and dried mint leaves (1 tablespoon). After you mix all the ingredients well, you should let them steep for 3 days. Strain the mint leaves and the use a cotton ball to apply the toner on your face.
This toner is highly recommended for the people with oily skin. Mix orange essential oil (10 drops) with witch hazel (1/2 cup). Use a clean jar to make the mixture and after you blend it, you should let it steep for a few minutes and after that you can use it.
7. Tea Tree Oil
For this toner, you should combine tea tree oil (15 drops) with vegetable glycerin (2 teaspoons) and filtered or distilled water (1/2 cup). Mix them well and use it as a regular toner.
Keep in mind that you should always apply the toner after you have cleansed and washed your face first.