Toner is an important product in every skincare routine. Even the most basic routine is incomplete without a toner, and yet it is one of the most underrated products in the world of beauty. Cleansing, toning and moisturising (CTM) are three terms you will always see in every beauty magazine and website due to their importance. While cleansing and moisturising are pretty self-explanatory, toning is something that not many women understand. The lack of knowledge about what natural toners do for the skin is what prevents women from using it on a regular basis. So, today we will begin by first telling you the benefits of using a toner.
Most toners are clear, but are packed with beneficial ingredients that do a lot for your skin, below are some of the benefits of using a toner.
- 1. Benefits of using a toner
- 2. How to use a toner
- 3. Natural toner for sensitive skin
- 4. Natural toner for dry skin
- 5. Natural toner for oily skin
- 6. Natural toner for mature skin
- 7. FAQs about natural toner
1. Benefits of using a toner
Now that you are aware of all the benefits, it is also necessary to learn the right way to use a natural toner to get the best results. Below is a detailed chart explaining how to use a toner for healthy and glowing skin.
2. How to use a toner
Tip: Use a toner right after cleansing, while the skin is still a little damp, this allows the product to penetrate better into the skin. If you have dry skin or your skin feels dry after using a toner, switch to an alcohol-free or natural toner.
Here are a few ways to make your own toner at home based on your skin type.
3. Natural toner for sensitive skin
This skin type is easily prone to irritation and itching, therefore using natural toners made at home is one of the better options. To make a toner for sensitive skin, look for soothing and calming ingredients. Here are two recipes that you can easily make.
Aloe vera toner
Packed with antioxidants, an aloe vera toner will not only hydrate your skin, but will also keep your skin calm and prevent any type of irritation.
How to make: Mix a half cup each of aloe vera gel and rose water. Transfer to a spray bottle or something you can easily pour out from and use twice daily.
Another super hydrating and calming ingredient is cucumber, using this toner will keep all problems associated with sensitive skin at bay.
How to make: Grate one fresh cucumber and extract its water, add 3-4 tablespoons for fresh aloe gel to it. Mix well and transfer to an airtight bottle, store in the fridge for best results and use twice daily.
4. Natural toner for dry skin
Using the wrong cleanser or toner can make dry skin worse, especially if the product is too alkaline or acidic. Two of the most hydrating and mild ingredients for treating dry skin are rose and vitamin E, learn how to make a natural toner using the two ingredients.
Did you know rose extract has the ability to maintain the natural pH balance of your skin? Apart from its calming and soothing fragrance, this flower is also quite hydrating and therefore perfect for dry skin.
How to make: In a bowl, add a tablespoon each of rose water and witch hazel extract (alcohol-free), then add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Mix well and apply on the face using a cotton pad.
Vitamin E toner
Another mild and hydrating ingredient suitable for dry skin is vitamin E. Including it in your daily skincare routine in the form of toner will keep the moisture locked in and prevent dry patches.
How to make: Mix together half a teaspoon of vitamin E oil along with a tablespoon of witch hazel extract and a few drops of lavender or cypress essential oil to prepare this toner.
5. Natural toner for oily skin
Oily skin is prone to developing acne and breakouts due to the excessive sebum it produces. Making a natural toner using ingredients that fight acne-causing bacteria and keeping oil production under control is essential.
Lavender oil contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties, both of which help in fighting bacteria that cause acne as well as prevent the production of excessive oil on the face.
How to make: Take a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar, add half a cup of cold-brewed tea (any herbal tea will work) and then add 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix well and store in a bottle.
Tea tree oil toner
Anyone with oily and acne-prone skin will have seen tea tree oil as one of the main ingredients in one or more of their skincare products. This is because the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil not only fight acne but also help diminish acne scars and blemishes.
How to make: Take equal amounts of filtered water and apple cider vinegar. Mix the two ingredients well then add a few drops of tea tree oil, give it a good shake and transfer into a spray bottle to use twice daily.
6. Natural toner for mature skin
Women in their 30s and 40s who have started developing signs of aging should look for ingredients rich in antioxidants while making a DIY natural toner. Green tea and hibiscus are widely used in skincare products targeting mature skin, due to their ability to fight wrinkles and fine lines.
A great source of anti-aging vitamin C, it helps with collagen formation when used topically. Collagen, in turn, is responsible for healing and repairing skin. If you want to make your skin look healthy and young, including a hibiscus toner in your skincare routine.
How to make: Take a cup of hot water and let one hibiscus tea bag seep into it for 10 minutes. Remove the bag and let the water cool down, then add half a cup of fresh aloe juice and a tablespoon of rose water. Mix well and transfer to a spray bottle.
Green tea toner
Another widely used ingredient in products formulated for mature skin is green tea. Rich in antioxidants, green tea can neutralize free radicals that cause the skin to age prematurely.
How to make: Prepare a cup of green tea like you normally would and let it cool down. Then add five to six drops of tea tree essential oil to it and mix well. Transfer to a spray bottle and store in the refrigerator for a cooling effect when you use it.
7. FAQs about natural toner
1) What can be used as a toner for the face?
A. There is a wide range of toners available in the market, and the ones that do not contain alcohol are suitable for all skin types. However, you can also make a natural toner at home using the most basic ingredients like aloe vera gel or juice, rose water, green tea and more.
2) Can I leave the toner on my face overnight?
A. Absolutely, unlike cleansers, toners don’t need to be washed off, you can even apply your night cream or serum on top of it and leave it on overnight.
3) Should I use toner everyday?
A. Yes, just like you wouldn’t go a day without washing your face or applying sunscreen and moisturiser, never skip using a toner as it is a crucial step in every skincare routine.