Toner might seem like an afterthought, but it’s a must in your beauty routine, especially if you’re dealing with oily skin or acne. Not only does it reduce sebum, but it also removes any traces of makeup left after washing, and it can smooth the skin surface, reducing redness and inflammation. Sensitive skin can also benefit from the right kind of toner, which soothes it gently.
Toner prepares the skin for any additional steps in your routine, such as serums or anti-aging creams, so that they can be maximally absorbed and nourish your skin. Skip the store-bought versions and make your own homemade toner that’s perfectly suited for your skin type:
13 Ways to Make Your Own Homemade Toner
1. Hibiscus Toner Mist
A toner mist is more fun than regular toner! And hibiscus is a great source of anti-aging vitamin C, which promotes collagen formation for firm, younger-looking skin [source]. Hibiscus has amazing detoxifying properties as a tea. And it has been shown to promote skin healing and collagen formation when used topically [source]. Get the recipe for an easy hibiscus toner mist made with natural witch hazel.
2. Cranberry Toner
Draw in moisture and lock it in with this cranberry toner containing phytochemicals (natural plant nutrients) that are especially suitable for aging skin [source]. Use cranberry juice in combination with witch hazel and rose water for an easy DIY recipe. The antioxidant properties of this toner are unsurpassed.
3. Green Tea + Pomegranate Toner
This power combo of safe, natural antioxidants rejuvenates the skin while reducing sun damage [source], eye wrinkles, and skin redness and inflammation [source]. Try this anti-aging toner made with just two ingredients and water.
4. Frankincense Face & Body Mist
Frankincense oil mixed with pure water makes a simple and fragrant skin toner and refresher. New wellness benefits of frankincense essential oil are being discovered every day, and it is a known anti-inflammatory for the skin [source]. Use it after washing your face at night to wake up refreshed with firm, glowing skin.
5. Fennel Toner
Fennel is known to rejuvenate the skin and reduce inflammation, and it has also been shown to have anti-aging effects, so it’s the perfect ingredient for your homemade toner [source]! Get the recipe here—you only need some thyme, lemon, and water to get started!
6. Witch Hazel Toner Pads
Witch hazel is a game-changer in cleansing pores, removing makeup, and preventing breakouts. The combination of witch hazel and aloe is perfect for a post-exercise wipe down for your face and chest. You can get a small jar, make this toner using some exfoliating round cotton pads, and carry it with you to the gym or for an after-work refresher.
7. Toner for Oily Skin
8. Firming Citrus Toner
While 75 milligrams for an adult woman is the recommended daily dosage, vitamin C is a vital ingredient to weave into your topical skincare routine as well. Try this toner for a simple and refreshing way to add ascorbic acid to your skin.
9. Rose Water Toner
You don’t need dehydrating alcohol in your toner, on the contrary! This rose water toner is fantastic for sensitive skin because it won’t dry it out. The rich antioxidant qualities of the natural derivatives of rose petals combine to create a toner that does its job to refresh and renew the skin [source].
10. Honey Chamomile Toner
11. Oil Balancing Facial Toner
12. Toner for Acne-Prone Skin
Acne-prone skin can be difficult to work with; that’s why you need a good toner! Try this recipe from Naturally Loriel, which uses witch hazel, frankincense, and geranium essential oils for a clean, refreshing spritz on just-washed skin.
13. Rosemary & Cedarwood Toner
This toner from Scratch Mommy has a nice woodsy aroma, but it’s also packed with good-for-you ingredients, such as astringent witch hazel, antioxidant rosemary essential oil, and regenerative cedarwood essential oil.
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This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.234