Homemade Toners for Dry Skin and Oily Skin


Both dry and oily skin have different needs. Accordingly, there are different products that need to be used for dry and oily skin. One size fits all does not work here. Therefore, rather than reaching out for the store bought toner that is supposedly “good for all skin types”, why not make one at home, to suit your skin type and your requirements? It is not a difficult thing to formulate your own custom made toner. All you need to have is a little bit of knowledge about how each toning ingredient works. We tell you here how to make homemade toners for dry skin and oily skin – nothing fancy – simple recipes that will give you a well toned skin.


Why toner?

After you are done cleansing your face, using a toner will help you remove any deposits of the cleanser and extra oil and grime from the pores and tighten the pores. A toner will also control the amount of oil that is secreted by the sebaceous glands on your skin, thereby helping you remain fresh through the day. Many store bought toners come with alcohol which helps kill the bacteria residing on the surface of the skin to prevent infection.

How to use a toner?

After you are done cleansing your face with a cleansing milk or face wash, tap dry it. Take a small amount of toner on a cotton ball and dab it all over the face. Avoid the eye area and the lips. Let it dry and follow it up with a moisturizer.

Homemade toners for dry skin


1. Rose water and glycerin toner

Rose water and glycerin toner

Rosewater helps restore the pH of the skin. It helps hydrate the skin and makes it appear fresh. Chilled rosewater helps tighten pores. Every third beauty product has glycerin in it because of its amazing moisturizing properties. It moisturizes the skin without making it too oily. To make the toner you would need

  • 1 and 1/2 cups rose water
  • 1/4 cup glycerin
  • 1 spray bottle

Mix together the rose water with glycerin and transfer it to a spray bottle. Keep it under refrigeration. Use it everyday before you slather on your moisturizer by either spraying it on the face or dabbing it with a cotton ball.

Also Read –  10 Excellent Benefits of Rose Water to Unleash Your Beauty Here

2. Cucumber Toner

Cucumber Toner

Grate one cucumber into a bowl. Now squeeze out the juice from the grated cucumber and strain it into a bottle. Refrigerate and use it everyday after cleansing your skin. The chilled cucumber juice will gently shrink pores and make your skin supple.

Also Read –  15 Benefits of Cucumber on Skin & Health Here

Homemade Toners for Oily Skin

Toners are meant more for oily skin than dry skin. To tackle the sebum production, we prepare strong toners using some effective ingredients.

1. Witch Hazel and Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Witch Hazel and Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Witch Hazel controls oil production and also targets skin infections. Apple Cider Vinegar restores the pH of the skin. Add into this mix a few drops of tea tree oil for relief from acne causing bacteria or lavender oil that will control oil production and you have a winner!

  • 2 cups of witch hazel
  • 1/3 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil

Mix them together in a bottle. Shake it well before every use. Use daily to control oiliness of the skin.

2. Citrus Toner

Citrus Toner

It is a well known fact that citrus fruits contain enzymes that prevent oiliness. Take the peel of a lemon and orange in a vessel and pour hot water over it. Steep it overnight. Strain it the next day and add a couple of drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Transfer to a spray bottle. There you go! You have your own refreshing citrus toner for daily use.

Also Read – 6 Homemade Skin Toners for Glowing Skin Here

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.