Beautiful Skin Loving Homemade Treats for your Skin
Natural chemical free facial toners are lovely refreshing elixirs which can be applied to your skin after cleansing or facial masks to remove or dissolve any remaining residue.
Rejuvenate Your Most Precious Asset…
They are also used to help stimulate circulation, restore your skins acid mantle, hydrate and refine your skin and temporarily reduce your pore size. A homemade facial toner is lovely not only because it gently nourishes your skin, but you know it is organic, natural and chemical free for which your skin will bless you!
Avoid Alcohol Based Toners, Too Drying…
Avoid alcohol-based toners, which strip your skin of its natural oils, overstimulating the sebaceous glands and making your skin far greasier than before. The ideal chemical free facial toner should heal while gently and naturally correcting the skins balance.
Apply with a cotton wool ball after cleansing in gentle, circular, upward motions. Feel free to leave on and follow with a moisturizer or lotion to suit your skin type.
Aloe Vera Juice is an ideal toner for all skin types because of its astringent, antiseptic, healing and regenerative properties.
Floral Waters make soothing and healing skin tonics alone or as bases for ingredients. They are especially suited to very sensitive skins. See bottom of page for how to make floral waters
Herbal Infusions make great toners. See bottom of page for how to make herbal infusions
Homemade Facial Toner Recipe
1) Green Tea & Peppermint Facial Toner
For all skin types
Green tea is helpful for oily and sensitive skin, as is refreshing uplifting peppermint.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons green tea infusion
- 2 1/2 tablespoons peppermint infusion
Mix the infusions and bottle and shake well before applying to your face.
2) Healing Floral Water
For all skin types especially those sensitive ones.
This very fragrant, healing toner is one of my favorites. This toner will last for months in the fridge.
- 4 1/2 tablespoons floral water
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera juice
- 10 drops citrus seed extract
Thoroughly combine the ingredients and store in the fridge.
3) Elderflower Water
For all skin types, but especially those with oily skin with large pores or pigmentation.
Elder flowers are wonderful for cleansing, toning and brightening your skin and in reducing pore size. Make a simple infusion of elder flowers ( see bottom of page for how to make herbal infusions), bottle and refrigerate.
4) Honey & Lavender Natural Facial Toner
- 1/4teaspoon honey
- 5 tablespoons warm purified water
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Dissolve the honey in the warm water.
Add the essential oil to the apple cider vinegar, then add to the honey water. Store in the fridge for up to six months. Shake well before each use.
5) Parsley & Ginseng Tea Facial Toner
For mature skins and skin which needs a pep up!
Parsley is high in vitamin C and ginseng promotes skin elasticity and epidermal cell production.
This is sure to bring colour back to your cheeks!
- 2 1/2 tablespoons parsley infusion
- 2 1/2 tablespoons ginseng decoction
- 4 drops rose geranium essential oil
6) Orange & Fennel Toner
For lined and untoned skin conditions
Fennel seeds and fennel essential oil contain plant estrogens, phytohormones that firm and rejuvenate the skin by stimulating the dermal cell metabolism.
This lovely balancing, rejuvenating and fragrant toner is especially good for sluggish, untoned, lined skin, whether oily or dry.
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 5 tablespoons boiling water 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Crush the fennel seeds using a mortar and pestle, cover with the boiling water and leave covered for 20 minutes
Strain the infusion, mix with the juice and bottle.
7) Basil & Lemongrass Toner
For blemished skin
An infusion of basil leaves ( See bottom of page for how to make a herbal infusion) makes a cleansing and toning freshener. Basil can help acne sufferers by killing bacteria on the skin. The scent of basil is also a known antidepressant, making it especially useful if you’re feeling a little glum about your complexion.
Lemongrass has impressive astringent properties and helps normalize the action of the oil glands. Add 2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil into your Basil herbal infusion.
8) Jasmine & Rose Toner
For sensitive, mature and dehydrated skins
This gentle and beautifully scented toner also makes a lovely perfumed body spray.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons jasmine water
- 2 1/2 tablespoons rosewater
Mix the floral waters well. Store in the fridge.
9) Black Tea and Lemon Toner
For oily skins with blemishes and for refining pores.
Black tea is full of toning tannins and anti-oxidants. Lemon juice has acidic:and astringent properties, helping remove deep-seated grease and grime and leaving skin soft and clean.
Lemon juice is also ideal for pimple-prone skin; it neutralizes bacteria and boasts high levels of vitamin C, which helps heal skin.
Use this toner only at night, as lemon juice can make the skin photosensitive.
- 5 tablespoons very weak black tea
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Combine the tea and lemon juice well, then bottle and refrigerate.
How to make a Herbal Infusion & Floral Water
Herbal infusions make wonderful face washes and toners and can be incorporated into almost any DIY beauty preparation. The softer more delicate parts of the plant, the flowers and leaves are used.
- 2 teaspoons of dried flowers/leaves or 4 teaspoons of fresh flowers / leaves
- 1 cup of boiling water
You can crush your flowers and leaves a little to soften them with a mortar and pestle. Put your flowers and leaves in a heat resistant bowl,preferably glass, enamel or china and cover with the boiling water. Allow to steep for at least 15 mins and make sure you cover the bowl to prevent the loss of essential volatile oils through evaporation.
To make floral water follow all the above steps and use only flowers in your infusion.
Strain the infusion, store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. The infusion will last 4-6 days
Natural Facial Toner Recipes the Chemical Free Way!
Once you begin experimenting with facial toners and finding which ingredients most suit your skin , you will be able to nourish your skin and reap the benefits of beautiful glowing, healthy, clear skin!
By rotating which toners you use on a regular basis as well as your moisturizer, you will soon see the benefits and have people commenting on how fresh your skin looks. By combining with regular use of lovely homemade facial scrubs and masks as well, you do not need to spend a fortune on expensive shop bought skincare. Have fun experimenting ♥