Homemade, natural cosmetics are really fun and often much more effective than store bought brands. The average moisturizer will mostly likely contain butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), a dangerous chemical that is suspected of disrupting the endocrine system. Shampoos often contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is a skin irritant used when testing "healing" balms and cosmetics on animals. The amount of dangerous and damaging chemicals packed into everyday cosmetics is staggering now-a-days. Moving towards more natural products is a great way to care for your skin and health, but it doesn't have to be expensive! Here, I will give a few ingredients you can use to make your own toner! Let me know how this works out for you guys!
As always, here is the skin-type key.
Sensitive Acne-Prone Mature Dry Oily All Skin Types
Toner is probably one of the easiest and cheapest cosmetic to make at home! The toner you would buy at the store is mostly water/alcohol anyways, so why bother spending your hard earned money on a 3 oz bottle for $12?
Step One: Base
The first thing you need for a toner is a base. Water is the best base to use, but it doesn't need to be plain water! Tea is a great choice for making a toner base! Brew the tea, let cool completely and then add to a spray bottle.
Green Tea: Green tea has so many wonderful properties, you'd be crazy not to try putting it on your face! Green tea has been said to reduce inflammation in the skin and possible help defend against skin cancer! Filled with antioxidants, it packs a powerful health punch!
Chamomile Tea: Not only good for calming your nerves, it is also great for calming skin! It can reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation when applied topically!
Peppermint Tea: Menthol, which is derived from peppermint, is a wildly popular ingredient in cosmetics. It's tingly sensation is soothing for itchy or irritated skin. Peppermint is also great for fighting acne!
Black Tea: Packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin E, this powerful herbal remedy can help restore skin to it's former glory! Particularly great for mature skin!
Step Two: Add-ins
The next step is to add some powerful sidekicks to your tea base! Here are some ingredients you can add to create a wonderful toner! To know how much to add, use a ratio of ingredients that is 3 parts water/tea to 1 part add-ins.
Witch Hazel: A great skin care ingredient that can be found at your local drug store, this will help fight acne with its antibacterial properties! Not advised for sensitive or dry skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Another great choice for acne-prone skin. If you have dry skin, dilute the vinegar to 4 parts water, 1 part vinegar.
Aspirin: Great for reducing inflammation and redness! Take a small tablet and dissolve in the water base. Make sure it is non-coated aspirin. Fun fact: for spot treating blemishes, take a non-coated aspirin pill and dissolve with small amount of water to form a paste, apply to pimple and let sit for 10-15 minutes! Great for those big sore pimples you get under your skin.
Rose Water: A must for sensitive and dry skin! This ingredient will help calm and soothe skin without drying it out. You can find it at most drug stores, or on Amazon.com.
Lemon Juice: Great for closing up pores and removing bacteria from the skin! Perfect ingredient for a toner you can uses after a good face steam or mask! Careful on dry or sensitive skin!
Step 3: Use and Storage
Now, my tip for homemade toners is make small amounts at a time, keep in a clean spray bottle, and keep in the fridge. I usually make 3-4 oz amounts at a time, and this usually last a month. I would not advise using toner that is more than a month old, if it is homemade. These do not have any preservatives! Keeping it in the fridge will help keep your toner fresh longer, plus it feels great to spray cold toner on a freshly washed face!
To use: The best way to use a toner is on freshly washed skin, before a moisturizer. It is also great to spray on before and after a face mask! Don't forget to check out the DIY Face and Hair Mask article for homemade face mask recipes!
I hope you guys enjoyed this article! If you like these sort of posts, leave a comment! Let me know what other DIY cosmetics and natural beauty tips you want to see! Also, let me know how these recipes work for you!