A skin toner normally refers to the facial toner that is spread on the face to cleanse the pores and subsequently shrink them. It is applied on the face with a cotton ball. It is an important part of the daily skin care regimen that comes after cleansing the face and before moisturizing the face. Toners may or may not contain alcohol. Natural toners do not contain alcohol. Skin tonics, which are mild toners, have a small percentage of alcohol. Astringents are the strongest toners with alcohol content ranging from 20% to 60%. They can excessively dry up your skin and might lead to excessive oil production in the skin.
Rather than buying a product that can have a damaging effect on the skin, it is better to make the toner at home, since it is easy to make and you can make one to suit your skin type, custom made just for you.
Mint and green tea toner:
In a pan, heat one and half cups of water and bring it to a boil. Now add around 2-3 mint leaves to this and allow it to boil. Turn off the heat. Steep a green tea bag in this. Remove after two minutes.
Strain the mixture and let it cool. Transfer to a spray container and simply spray it on your face for a fresh look and shrunken pores.
Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar makes for an amazing natural toner since it has anti-bacterial properties and it helps restore the skin’s natural pH balance. To make the toner, simply mix one part of apple cider vinegar with two parts of water in a bottle. Shake well. Add a drop of essential oil if you find the smell too strong. Use it on the skin with a cotton ball.
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Aloe vera gel and lemon juice
Mix two parts of aloe vera gel with 1 part of lemon juice. Apply this on the skin with a cotton ball. Use your moisturizer on it once it dries. Aloe vera has both healing and pore tightening properties while lemon helps regulate sebum production.
Cucumber juice is a natural astringent. Simply grate some fresh cucumber and squeeze out its juice. Apply it on the skin after cleansing. Make this in small batches to use within 2-3 days and store in the fridge.
Both chamomile tea and the dried herb itself are easily available in India these days. Simply steep some chamomile in hot water and strain the concoction. Put it in a spray bottle and spray or apply with a cotton ball on cleansed face. It soothes the skin and tightens the pores.
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Rose water is a mild astringent and it helps soothe skin and remove excess oil from it. Use it chilled for best results. Simply dab on some rose water on the face after a face wash and before applying moisturizer for skin that is fresh and soft.
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While witch hazel is not easily available in India (it can be procured through select online stores), it is very popular for its astringent properties. One part of witch hazel with two parts of distilled water makes for a toner that will remove excess oil from the skin and constrict your pores. However, you might want to add a few drops of tea tree oil to overcome the strong smell of witch hazel.
So these toners can be made with just one or two ingredients. Make them in small batches and store them in the fridge. That way, you can be assured of using products that are natural and fresh!