If you haven’t caught on by now, then let me just say it outright. We here at Beauty Awesome just love DIY beauty and are always looking to share our latest finds with you, because who doesn’t like saving a few pennies? I, for one, love rummaging through my pantry and seeing what goodies I can use to conjure up my next recipe. Our latest installment is delving into the world of facial toners. I must say, it’s not as popular of a routine to tone your face as say, cleansing, or moisturizing but it is a key factor is maintaining a healthy overall facial balance. Let’s explore some of our best tried and true DIY facial toners for your reading pleasure.
Green Tea Toner
Green Tea, I just love drinking it and even better, love that it can used in your beauty regime. The list goes on and on for all the benefits green tea has, but for the sake of DIY facial toners, it acts as an anti-inflammatory which will help deter redness and acne.
This simply 2 ingredient recipe best for those who suffer from oily skin or acne calls for:
- 3/4 Steeped, room temperature green tea
- 1/4 apple cider vinegar
If you have normal/combination skin, you can substitute the apple cider vinegar for 2 tablespoons of alcohol free witch hazel and 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin. Apply the mixture with a cotton ball or spritz on with a spray bottle. You can keep this toner refrigerated for up to 10 days.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Apple cider vinegar is known to help naturally equalize the skin’s pH, and this recipe is ideal for all skin types, including those who suffer from breakouts. All you need is:
- 1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup filtered water
Adding 8 drops of orange, lavender, rose or any other oil is an option mainly as a scent. I can’t say that apple cider vinegar is very pleasant smelling on it’s own, it is after all a vinegar.
Witch Hazel Toner
If you have never tried it, witch hazel is another naturally anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial liquid that is an extract from the leaves and bark of the Hamamelis virginiana shrub. It’s been widely used in the beauty world for its moisture locking abilities for years. This simple recipe should be made in small batches and stored in the refrigerator to elongate shelf life.
- 1/2 tsp natural Vitamin C Powder
- 1/4 cup witch hazel extract
You can add 8 drops lavender essential oil or rose oil for a nice aromatic touch. If you have sensitive skin, try substituting the Vitamin C powder for 1/3 cup of filtered or purified water. This substitution will also have a little longer shelf life as Vitamin C tends to break down quickly.
NOTE for all these DIY Facial Toners: refrigeration or keeping in cool place will prolong the shelf life, but most will last about 10 days. Be sure to shake up the mixture before each use, and storage in a glass container or spray bottle is best. Happy Toning!