Have you ever asked yourself if a toner is necessary in your skincare routine? Or is it safe (and/or effective) to make a DIY toner? Let’s clarify some misconceptions about the purpose of a toner—because depending on the type of skin you have, it will be different.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, most likely you’re using a cleanser that is a little on the acidic or antibacterial side of the pH scale. But if you have dry or sensitive skin you most likely are using a cleanser on the alkaline or softening side of the pH scale. A toner helps equalize the skin’s pH after cleansing, bringing it back to it’s natural level. We want our skin to be at its natural pH level as much of the time as possible.
Toners can also help remove any leftover makeup or oily residue. A toner’s purpose can be two fold, both balancing and extra cleansing. Toners don’t only have to be used with a cotton ball, they can also be spritzed all over your face and neck.
And yes! It’s safe to make your own. I’ve put together 3 great toner recipes you can make at home – find the right recipe for your skin!
Toner for Oily or Acne Prone Skin
- 3/4 cup steeped green tea
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
After steeping a green tea bag in hot water, bring the tea to room temperature, discarding the tea bag. Add the apple cider vinegar. You can apply with a cotton ball or spritz with a spray bottle. Either way you’ll want to store in the refrigerator for no longer than 10 days. The green tea is anti-inflammatory and will help with redness and acne, while the apple cider vinegar will bring the pH level of your skin back to a normal level.
- 1/2 cup dried rose buds
- hot filtered water
Pour the water over the rose buds and let sit for 1-2 hours. Use a strainer to separate the rose buds from the rose water. I recommend spritzing this on your face twice a day after cleansing. The rose water not only will balance the skin but it’s soothing and hydrating for irritated, sensitive skin. If you make your own rose water you will want to store in the refrigerator and use within 1 week. If you prefer store bought, just follow storage instructions on the label.
- Rose water (see recipe above)
- Geranium essential oil
Using the recipe above to make rose water, just add a few drops of geranium oil for added hydration. Be sure to shake the spray bottle well before spritzing this toner on dry skin.
Photos by Lindsey Rose Johnson