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7 Natural DIY Facial Toners for Different Skin Types

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DIY facial toner does not contain any chemical additives. We’ll show you a few homemade toner variants for different skin types.

You can easily integrate toner into your morning and evening facial care routine. By applying the toner to a makeup remover pad and running it over your skin, you can remove any remaining makeup or soap. Depending on the ingredients they contain, facial toners can also have a soothing or disinfecting effect.

Unfortunately, conventional drugstore products often contain a long list of questionable ingredients. If you want to avoid this, you can make DIY facial toner from a few natural ingredients.

Homemade Toner: Keep in Mind

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Homemade toner has the longest shelf life when stored in dark bottles and placed in the fridge. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Tara Winstead)

When making DIY facial toner, you should follow these tips:

  1. Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Grown without pesticides and free of chemical additives, organic ingredients are good for the environment and your health.
  2. Make DIY toner in small batches. Most homemade facial toners don’t keep for more than three to four weeks, and last longest when stored in dark bottles in the fridge. 
  3. Sterilize jars or bottles before filling them with toner: this will ensure all the germs are killed. 
  4. Use distilled water if you have particularly sensitive or irritated skin. If you don’t have any on hand, follow our guide on how to distill water.

DIY Facial Toner for Normal and Combination Skin 

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When you treat your skin right, your face shines brighter. Add your DIY toner to your skincare routine and reap the benefits! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Polina Kovaleva)

For uncomplicated, or combination skin, use any of these variations:

  • Simple DIY facial toner: simply mix ⅛ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup (distilled) water. The vinegar keeps the pH value of the skin in balance and removes lime residue from your skin. 
  • Aromatic and nourishing toner:  mix ⅛ cup rose water, ⅛ cup orange blossom water and ⅛ cup witch hazel water with one tablespoon aloe vera gel and about ten drops of chamomile extract.

Making DIY Facial Toner for Dry Skin

If you struggle with dry or sensitive skin, try out these DIY facial toner variations to find out what works best for you:

  • Extra moisturizing toner: you’ll need a quarter of a cucumber and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Peel the cucumber and remove any large seeds before pureeing it together with the lemon juice into a well-blended, consistent liquid. 
  • For floral homemade toner, you’ll need to brew marigold and chamomile flowers into a concentrated tea. Let the tea cool down and strain the liquid. Mix it with about one to two teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Your homemade toner is ready.
  • Due to its soothing effect, rose water is great for dry, blemished, and oily skin. Make sure to use pure rose water without any additives. You can use this as a toner on its own, or mix about three ounces of calendula tincture to make a DIY disinfecting facial toner. You can find the tincture in health food stores, pharmacies, or on Amazon**.

Toner for Oily and Blemished Skin

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Essential oils have so many incredible healing properties, but they do need to be used with caution. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Tara Winstead)

To make an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory DIY facial toner yourself, try these two recipes. They’ll help with oily and blemished skin:

  • For this facial tonic, simply mix about ⅓ cup of witch hazel water with about 1 ½ tbsp of aloe vera gel (available on Amazon**). The witch hazel water has an analgesic and healing effect thanks to the essential oils it contains.
  • Extra disinfecting toner: you’ll need three tabelspoons of clear liquor with high alcohol content. Make sure that no other additives are included. Vodka is always a good bet. Mix the alcohol with ¼ cup of distilled water and about eight drops each of rosemary and lavender essential oils.

Careful: Never apply essential oils pure to the skin, as this can cause irritation.

Did you know that rice water can also be used as a DIY facial toner? Read more about it here: Rice Water Rinse: Benefits and How to Make it 

This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can find the original here: Gesichtswasser selber machen: Für trockene und unreine Haut

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