Do It Yourself And Make These Inexpensive Homemade Toners For Your Skin

Homemade Toners

In the world of beauty, we go to all lengths to ensure that our skin looks its best at all times. A little damage here and there can be controlled and repaired, but if the damage is of mammoth kinds, all hell breaks loose. Today, we shall talk more about why toning is important, and how you can make your own skin tones at home, sans the need to buy costly commercial ones from the market too. Toners made at home are more potent and effective, and since you know the making of it, what goes into making it and more, you know your skin is safe. Let’s take a journey together to learn more about the various homemade toners one could make at home, shall we?

17 Homemade Skin Toners to get a Naturally Glowing Skin:

1. Green Tea Toner

What all you need:

  • Green tea bag
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Boil a cup of water
  1. Add the green tea bag to it and remove from flame
  1. Let it steep for ten minutes
  1. Remove the bag
  1. Strain the water and store in a bottle, in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Green tea is an excellent emollient and is an antioxidant agent too. What this means is that it not only tones the skin, reduces the pores and shrinks it too, but would also combat the onslaught of free radicals. Every day, once you remove your makeup or wash your face, right after that you must spray some of this toner on your face. This will help with collagen production and the green tea emollients will replicate the healthy lipid layers of the cells. In turn, cell metabolism happens and your skin would have perfect pH balance too. Spray gently and do not forget to use this twice a day for better results to attain. This toner is best for very oily to combination to sensitive skin types- skin that burns soon in the sun.

Green Tea Toner

Tip: This toner should be used twice a day

2. Rose Facial Toner

What all you need:

  • A small bowl
  • Rose water,
  • Witch hazel,
  • Apple cider vinegar,
  • Rosehip oil,
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, filled with quart cup water, mix all the ingredients well
  1. Place the mixture in a small bottle
  1. Keep it in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Rose water is an excellent agent that helps keep the skin soft and supple, and since it has antioxidants in it, it helps combat the onslaught of free radicals and prevents premature signs of ageing too.

Witch hazel is a replenishing agent that does a magical job of bringing a brightness and a glow to the skin, rather than making it look sallow.

Apple cider vinegar is used as an astringent here and an antimicrobial agent, which means the skin’s pH balance is maintained and the bacterial pathogens that are invisible to the eyes are kept at bay, rendering the skin safe and supple.

Rosehip oil is best to use since it helps with cell metabolism and stimulation of the nerves under the skin, which also promotes healthy lipid layers of the cell to develop.
Tea tree oil is an anti blemish and an anti acne agent, which means the skin is kept free from the harmful attacks of pathogens. Lavender oil is a soothing agent, and a stimulant, which helps with skin metabolism and stimulation too.

This is a toner best used for combination to oily and acne prone skin types.

Rose Facial Toner

Tip: To be used twice a day after cleansing only

3. Peppermint And Honey Toner

What all you need:

  • Asmall bowl
  • A few drops of peppermint oil
  • A teaspoon of honey

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients well and let it sit in the fridge for an hour
  1. Remove the bowl from the fridge and fill the contents in a bottle
  1. Keep in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

If you have been dealing with dry, dehydrated and tired skin, this is a toner that you should make at home and use it everyday.
The honey content in the toner is known to help refine the skin, moisturize it and also maintain the elasticity of the skin, keeping it supple and nice, and glowy at all times; never would there be a sallow touch to the same when honey is in use.

The peppermint oil content in the toner is known to replenish the skin, soothe and calm the irritation associated with dryness and flakiness of the skin, and also helps with skin cell stimulation and more.

Tip: Use it twice a day before you moisturize the skin

4. Aloe Vera Skin Toner

What all you need:

  • A cup of aloe vera gel
  • A cup of green tea water

Directions:

  1. Mix the aloe vera gel and the green tea water in a bowl
  1. Let it sit for half an hour
  1. Strain and remove the liquid
  1. Place it in a bottle
  1. Place the bottle in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Aloe vera is a gentle moisturizer and a calming agent for skin types that are easily irritated under the sun. It is also best to use for oily to combo skin types, since the enzymes in aloe vera gel can help combat the excess oiliness on the skin, regulate sebum production and the sebaceous glands of the skin too.
Spray gently and do not forget to use this twice a day for better results to attain. This toner is best for very oily to combination to sensitive skin types- skin that burns soon in the sun.

Tip: Use this toner once a day before applying moisturizer

Aloe Vera Skin Toner

5. White Vinegar And Water Toner

What all you need:

  • A tablespoon of white vinegar
  • A bowl of sparkling water

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix both the ingredients and give it half an hour to set
  1. Empty the bowl of contents into a small bottle
  1. Leave it in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

White vinegar is strong enough to help regulate the workings of the sebaceous glands on the skin. In addition to that, it helps refine the skin tone and gives the skin a clean and an even appearance and texture too. White vinegar is also an astringent, which means it helps balance the pH levels of the skin and maintains the skin elasticity on its own accord too. It also helps fight the onslaught of free radicals in many ways, and hence helps boost cell metabolism and turnover too.

Water on the other hand helps with occlusion when used with white vinegar. Occlusion here means when you spray the toner onto the skin, water would help create a bond with the skin and trap the moisture in it.

This particular toner would be best for combination skin types. It would regulate the oiliness on the skins T zone and keep the other areas of the face and the neck well hydrated and supple for a long time.

Tip: To be used thrice a day in summers and twice a day other seasons to maintain the pH balance of the skin

6. Camphor and Rose Water Toner

What all you need:

  • A small bowl
  • A pinch of powdered camphor
  • Rose water,
  • Witch hazel,
  • Apple cider vinegar,
  • Rosehip oil,
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, filled with quart cup water, mix all the ingredients well
  1. Place the mixture in a small bottle
  1. Keep it in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Lavender oil is a soothing agent, and a stimulant, which helps with skin metabolism and stimulation too. Camphor helps calm the skin, soothe the irate nerves and also helps replenish the skin as well as being an anti blemish agent too. This is a toner best used for combination to oily and acne prone skin types.

Tip: To be used only once a day or as and when the skin feels too oily

7. Lemon juice Toner

What all you need:

  • A glass of fresh concentrated lime juice
  • Half a glass of water
  • A pinch of camphor

Directions:

  1. Begin by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl together
  1. Let it sit for half an hour
  1. Pour into a small bottle
  1. Keep it in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

The vitamin C in lime is best used as a producer of collagen and one that stimulates the growth of elastin under the skin. Apart from that, lime is also an astringent, and those of us with oily skin having large pores, we would find a lot of relief using this toner, since lime can close the large pores. Lime also gets to replicate the healthy lipid layers of the cells, and it also uses the vitamin C in it to replenish and nourish the skin, and to bring suppleness to the skin as well.

This is a toner best for oily to combination skin types.

Tip: This toner can be used thrice a day if need be, or else twice a day before moisturizing is more than enough

Homemade Toners for Oily Skin

8. Chamomile herbal tea Toner

What all you need:

  • A few chamomile flowers
  • Water
  • Honey

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients and bring it to a boil on low flame
  1. Strain the liquid and let it cool
  1. Place the cool liquid in a small bottle
  1. Place the bottle in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Chamomile used in this toner is best for skin that needs cooling and soothing, and that is why we shall refer to it as a coolant and a soothing agent. It has antioxidants in it which helps combat the onslaught of free radicals and also helps calm the skin which is prone to sunburn and acne a lot. Chamomile goes deep into the epidermal layers of the skin and helps replenish the skin from within, and also helps pull out the cyst from the skin layers onto the surface, if there are acne issues. The antimicrobial properties of chamomile keeps the skin healthy and safe from pathogenic attacks too. This means, the pH balance of the skin is maintained, and the elasticity of the skin is safe too.

This is a toner which is best for dry and acne prone skin.

Tip: To be used just once a day

9. Apple and honey toner

What all you need:

  • A few apple slices
  • A tablespoon of honey
  • A bowl of sparkling water

Directions:

  1. Place the raw apple slices in a bowl of sparkling water overnight
  1. Add to this the next morning the honey
  1. Mix and stir
  1. Place the contents in a small bottle
  1. Place the bottle in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Apple is rich in vitamins and minerals which helps replicate the supple layers of the skin and also helps feed and nourish the skin too. The water embossed with apple also helps as a toner for the skin, which means the pores are refined and the skin texture is kept clean as well. Honey on the other hand is a natural moisturizing agent, and it helps keep the skin refined and supple, soft and even textured too.

This is a toner which is best for oily, combination and acne prone skin

Tip: To be used twice a day before applying moisturizer

Best Skin Toners

10. Tomato and honey toner

What all you need:

  • Tomato slices
  • A tabelspoon of honey
  • A bowl of sparkling water

Directions:

  1. Keep the tomato slices in a bowl of sparkling water overnight
  1. Add to this the honey contents the next morning
  1. Mix and stir
  1. Strain and keep the liquid in a bottle
  1. Place the bottle in a fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Tomato is best for skin types that are very oily and those that get sunburned easily too. The lycopene content in tomatoes has the power to help replenish the skin and unclog the pores of the skin. This means that the skin is safe from pathogen collection, which if left unchecked can cause acne, pimples and skin diseases or disorders on the skin. Along with honey, tomatoes help replicate the healthy skin cells and forms a barrier on the skin so that the free radicals do not attack the skin. This helps with skin cell division and metabolism at a faster rate, thus bringing down the incidence of ageing prematurely too. This is thus a toner which is best for oily, combination and acne prone skin.

Tip: The toner should be sprayed onto the skin not more than twice a day

11. Neem Toner

What all you need:

  • A few neem leaves
  • A bowl of water
  • A pinch of camphor

Directions:

  1. In a small pan, bring to a boil the water and the neem leaves until the water turns to half
  1. Strain the water and allow it to cool
  1. Place the contents in a small bottle
  1. Place the bottle in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

This is a toner made from neem, which is best suited for oily to combination, acne to sensitive skin. Why is neem so important? This is because neem has enzymes in it that fight the bacterial pathogens, refines the pores and cleans up the skin, which renders the skin safe and soft to touch and feel. There would be no more irritations on the skin, especially with sensitive skin types. The neem oil content in the leaves of neem has medicinal properties that form a barrier on the skin and helps replicate the healthy lipid layers of the skin cells too. Neem is also a disinfectant, which means when you tone the skin with this concotion, the neem content gets into the acne affected areas and works on drying up the acne and the infection too.

Tip: Use it twice a day for the best results

Natural Skin Toners

12. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

What all you need:

  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • A glass of distilled water

Directions:

  1. Mix both the ingredients in a small bottle
  1. Give it a good shake
  1. Keep the bottle in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Apple cider vinegar is used as an astringent here and an antimicrobial agent, which means the skin’s pH balance is maintained and the bacterial pathogens that are invisible to the eyes are kept at bay, rendering the skin safe and supple. The other reason why we think of apple cider vinegar here is that it helps fight the acne issues and the sunburns on the skin, and hence it is a protection that the skin needs. Distilled water on the other hand is neutral on the acid mantle chart, and this means that the pH balance of the skin would not amok when it is used on the face. It would help neutralize the skin tone and brings a level of balance to the skin. This is why, both apple cider vinegar and distilled water can be used for very oily to hidrosis skin types and conditions.

Tip: Use this toner just once a day

13. Rice Water Toner

What all you need:

  • A handful of raw rice
  • A bowl of sparkling water

Directions:

  1. Place the handful of raw rice in the bowl of sparkling water
  1. Let it rest overnight
  1. Remove and strain the water
  1. Place the water in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

This is a toner that needs to be used everyday, especially if your skin is at the extremes- too oily or too dry. This is because the rice water toner is an agent that helps with skin metabolism development and cell rejuvenation. Using this toner everyday would help refine the skin pores and unclog the pores too, giving the skin a brightening effect over time to come. It also helps with the tightening of the skin and stimulating blood flow on the skin and also in cell turnover rejuvenation too, which can help minimize the early signs of ageing and more. Rice water in many cultures is also used as a face wash to help as an anti wrinkle and an anti blemish agent; secondary natures of rice water that come naturally to it. This is why rice water toner is so popular amongst indians too.

Tip: To be used just once a day

14. Cucumber and Green Tea Toner

What all you need:

  • Slices of cucumber
  • A bag of green tea
  • A bowl of sparkling water

Directions:

  1. In a low pan, boil the green tea to half its consistence
  1. Remove the pan from the flame
  1. Strain the tea
  1. Let it cool
  1. Add the slices of cucumber to it
  1. Place it in the fridge
  1. Remove the next day and strain
  1. Place contents in a bottle
  1. Place the bottle in the fridge
  1. Use when needed

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Cucumber is a natural astringent and a coolant for the skin. This means, cucumber helps replicate the healthy lipid layers of the skin, closes the large pores and minimizes the amount of dirt and grime from settling onto the skin. Cucumber also is a coolant, which means it can help cool and calm the skin, which is prone to acne and sunburn issues. Green tea on the other hand acts as an agent that helps with anti ageing and anti wrinkling, and it also has antioxidants in it which fight the onslaught of free radicals too.

If you have unruly sensitive to very oily skin types, this is a toner to be best used.

Tip: Use it twice a day before you moisturize the skin

Cucumber and Green Tea Toner

15. Coconut water toner

What all you need:

  • A glass of transparent coconut water
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • A pinch of camphor
  • A bowl of distilled water

Directions:

  1. Mix the four ingredients in a bowl
  1. Place it in a small bottle
  1. Give it a good shake
  1. Keep the bottle in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Coconut water has immense hydrating properties which helps balance the pH levels of the skin. It also helps maintain the elasticity of the skin and the moisturizes the skin too. Coconut water has the power to nourish the skin and hydrate the skin cells too. It also helps boost circulation and mimic the cell metabolism much needed for the growth of the eco system of the skin cells as well. Coconut water is a natural antimicrobial and an anti fungal agent, which means it is best for skin which is flaky and that which cracks and erupts easily too, because of the bacterial pathogens and the free radicals that run amok onto the skin. The deep moisturizing effects of coconut water replicates the supple layers of the skin too and keeps the skin healthily glowing too.

This is a toner best used for normal to dry skin types, sensitive skin too.

Tip: To be used twice a day after cleansing the skin

Coconut water toner

16. Ginger toner (With Tulsi/Mint)

What all you need:

  • A piece of ginger
  • A bowl of distilled water
  • A few tulsi leaves
  • A few mint leaves
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • A teaspoon of lime juice

Directions:

  1. Boil all the ingredients in a small pan over low flame until the liquid becomes half
  1. Strain the liquid and let it cool
  1. Add the lime juice and stir
  1. Place the liquid in the bottle
  1. Place the bottle in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Ginger is a very effective herb to use as an ingredient to make a toner with since it has around forty antioxidant properties embedded in it, which helps prevent the onslaught of free radicals to a large extent. Ginger also helps refine the skin and protects it from ageing signs as well, and also helps with elasticity of the skin improvement too, and tones up the skin to make it even and nice as well.

The mint content in the toner is known to replenish the skin, soothe and calm the irritation associated with dryness and flakiness of the skin, and also helps with skin cell stimulation and more.

Tulsi or basil is an agent that helps with antibacterial and antimicrobial needs, and also helps stimulate the healthy lipid layers of the skin. This is a toner best used for sensitive to oily and acne prone skin types.

Tip: To be used twice a day

17. Water Melon toner

What all you need:

  • Slices of watermelon
  • A bowl of distilled water
  • A few tulsi leaves
  • A few mint leaves
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • A teaspoon of lime juice
  • A pinch of camphor

Water Melon toner

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, juice out the watermelon and add it to the distilled water.
  1. Give it a boil and add the leaves of mint and tulsi to it
  1. Remove from the flame and strain
  1. Add the honey and lime juice and stir
  1. Add the camphor and stir
  1. Remove and strain
  1. Place the contents in a bottle
  1. Place bottle in the fridge

How it works and For Which Skin Type:

Watermelon is packed with vitamins- A, B6 and C and it also has a lot of lycopene in it along with plenty of amino acids. All of this together, form the ecosystem of the skin by replicating the same on the skin and making it healthy, soft and supple too. It also helps aid the immune system pf the skin and brings antioxidants onto the skin to help the skin fight the onslaught of free radicals too. Arginine in watermelon helps fight low blood circulation on the skin.

This is a toner best used for sensitive to oily and acne prone skin types

Tip: Use this toner twice a day on the skin

Now that you have learnt a lot about how to make your own DIY toners at home and for which skin types they are used for, and what the ingredients can do for your skins needs, here below we bring to you tips and more to care for you skin. Please read on and be well-informed for the same.

Tips, Prevention and After Care (If any)

In all fairness, we would say that a toner is an important part of the skin care regime and there are various toners that one can make, which has varied benefits for our skin.
Toners can help soak up the excess of sebum from the skin, the dirt and grime and the makeup remnants too.

It also helps exfoliate the skin to a certain extent and removes the dead skin cells as well.

To maintain the pH balance of the skin, one should use a toner according to their skin type. This will in turn help moisturize the skin and condition the skin too.
Using a toner would help prep the skin up to absorb the products you use thereafter. This is why, most toners are available in liquid form, and some are in gels and others as mists. If you only want to use a toner as a skin care regime, you may.

What you should do when preparing a toner is to first check with the skin type or condition you have. Just because you mother, sister or friend uses a type of toner for their skin, it does not mean that the same would be apt for your skin type and condition too.

Skin Care Toners

Always use a toner after the regular cleansing of the skin is done and only after patting the skin dry. But this is an optional step.

When using a toner, always dab a little of it onto a cotton ball and then pat the face with it- do not rub the toner onto the skin and do not saturate the toner into the cotton ball.

Areas that you should pay most attention too are the cheeks, the chin, hairline and the nose bridge, because this is where mostly the pores are open and very active. Do not spray the toner or dab it near the mouth and the eyes, because it can cause irritation.

After applying the toner, please wait for a minute or two and then apply your moisturizing cream. This helps prep the face better to soak in the products you would be using thereafter.

We hope this mini guide on how to make your own toner and for the skin type you have comes in handy.

Disclaimer: The information given here is from research only. Please note, should you have confusions about the toner types to use or the skin conditions you have and which toner to use for it, we would suggest speaking to a skin specialist on the same. His or her words would take precedence over what is written here and elsewhere online. If you have any underlying skin ailments and issues, you must first consult a specialist and then go ahead with their regimes given.

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