Toner is one of the easiest things to make and such a great thing for your skin. If you’re not already using it in your skincare routine, I highly suggest adding it. We focused on all the benefits of toner in the Rose-infused Toner post a few weeks ago. But as a refresher, here are some of the reasons why you should start using toner.
- It helps shrink pores and adds a layer of protection. Applying a small amount will remove oil and help to give smaller pores. As the pores tightened, it helps to reduce the impurities and other nasty stuff in the air getting into your skin.
- It helps restore your skin’s PH balance. Our skin is naturally more acidic on a PH scale. Using soaps and other products that are more alkaline can throw our skin out of balance. As the skin tries to correct the balance, it creates more oils, but a toner will help to solve this.
- It refreshes the skin. Use it during the day to give your skin a quick pick me up. It will help to remove impurities on your skin rather than you having to wash your face.
Toner is like a primer for your face. Use it immediately after you cleanse your face to prep it to better absorb the moisturizer you’re using. Because you are using a moisturizer right? More on that here.
DIY toner is easily customized for whatever your skin needs. I like to use Witch Hazel as the base for mine. It’s a natural astringent, which means it helps to tone your face and minimize your pores. You can use it by itself, but I like to add a few drops of essential oils to mine to give the skin extra benefits.
- 7 drops Frankincense – Helps with pigmentation and tones/tightens skin. It’s great for all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, which make it wonderful for acne-prone skin. It’s also a natural toner and encourages new cell growth, making it great for mature skin and anti-aging.
- 4 drops Melrose – Melrose is a Young Living blend. The blend of essential oils help to support healthy skin and sooth the skin. You can also swap this for Tea Tree essential oil, which has strong antibacterial properties that help minimize the bacteria that causes acne and helps to heal wounds.
- 3 drops Lemon – This essential oil is antibacterial and a natural astringent. That means it’s a good toner and will help to reduce the size of pores and improve skin tone. It’s good for people with oily and acne-prone skin. (Side note: be careful with using lemon as it can increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight if that’s a concern for you.)
Another blend that I highly recommend
7 drops Frankincense
7 drops Lavender
- Using a funnel, pour 1oz of witch hazel into a 1oz spray bottle. (You can also use these 2oz glass bottles and double the recipe. I recommend these, especially because they are dark and glass, which helps to protect the oils. My husband really likes his little 1oz travel bottle that he’s had forever, which is why you see that in the photos.)
- Add your choice of essential oils.
- Gently shake the bottle to combine. You might need to do this each time you use it since witch hazel and oil don’t combine well.
- Spray a cotton pad and use that to wipe your face after cleansing your face and before you use your moisturizer.