Cleansing, toning and moisturizing - Three golden rules of skincare that we have been drilled on, time and again, since the time we could understand what cleansing was. While, we do follow the cleansing routine, many of us tend to skip the toning part, which can be a mistake. Here is why.
The cleanser gets rid of accumulated dirt. It is the toner that controls the skin's oil production, perfects pores, restores the PH balance and wipes out fine lines.
With so many benefits in store, it stands to reason that you take two minutes more in your night time skin care routine and dab on that toner.
Now that we have established that the toner is an important part of your night time beauty routine, the next step is finding the right toner.
Over the counter products are mostly chemical-based, not to mention, pricey. Natural ingredients, on the other hand, are free of chemicals, easy on the skin, cost almost nothing and guarantee amazing results.
Here are a few easy toners that you can make at home.
It protects the acidic nature of your skin, reducing any inflammation or redness.
- Mint oil or mint leaves
Add a handful of mint leaves in boiling water and allow it to simmer for a few minutes. Strain the solution and let it cool. Store it in an air tight jar in the refrigerator. Immerse a cotton pad in the solution, squeeze out the excess and use it to wipe your face.
Green Tea And Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Green tea has strong antioxidant properties that repair damaged skin cells and apple cider vinegar helps restore the natural PH balance of the skin.
- ¾ Cup green tea
- ¼ Cup raw apple cider vinegar
Pour freshly brewed green tea and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake till the ingredients combine well. Use cotton ball to apply the natural toner on your face. This solution will last you for about two weeks. Store it in a cool dry place.
Rosewater And Camphor Toner
Rosewater has rich anti-inflammatory properties that control excess oil production and the chemical make-up of camphor on the other hand can treat severe acne problem.
- 1 or 2 Camphor pieces
- 1 Cup of organic rosewater
Crush the camphor and add the powder to the rosewater. Mix until the camphor dissolves completely in the rosewater. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and store it in the refrigerator. Use as and when required.
Witch Hazel Toner
Witch Hazel can come in handy in treating almost any kind of inflammatory skin conditions. It not only soothes irritated skin, but also reduces blemishes.
¼ Cup of alcohol free witch hazel
¼ Cup of distilled water
10 Drops of rose oil
Combine all the ingredients in a bottle. Shake well for the ingredients to mix well. Use it twice a day, first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. Store it at room temperature.
Glycerin And Alum Toner
Alum has antiseptic properties that reduce inflammation and lighten scars, whereas glycerin can replenish the skin of its lost moisture, improving skin elasticity.
- 1 Teaspoon of alum powder
- 100 gm Glycerin
- 4 Teaspoons of rosewater
Pour rosewater and glycerin in a bowl and add a pinch of alum powder. Whisk until the components combine well. Pour the solution in an airtight bottle and store it at room temperature. Use it as and when required.
With these quick, inexpensive homemade toners, keeping your skin pores perfect will be a breeze. If you have any natural toners to add to the list, do share it in the comment section below.