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Free Facial Toner Beauty Recipes

What Do Facial Toners Do?

Toners play a key role in any skin care routine. Using a good toner between cleansing and moisturizing will help soothe your skin and restore its natural pH. The best way to apply your favorite toner is to use a spray bottle to spritz a thin layer on your face, while making sure to avoid the eyes and mouth. No need to rinse!

There are three main types of toners: fresheners, tonics and astringents. The category a toner belongs in primarily depends on how much astringent it contains. Astringents are ingredients like witch hazel or apple cider vinegar: they cause the contraction of body tissues, and particularly your skin. The more astringent the toner, the likelier it is to dry out your skin, so choose wisely and according to your skin type.

Fresheners are the gentlest of toners. They often feature a natural humectant such as plant-based glycerin, which reduces the loss of moisture, and they don’t usually contain any astringent, making them well-suited for dry or sensitive skin.

Tonics are the middle ground of toners: they typically contain some astringent, but not too much, making them potent but not too harsh, and thus ideal for normal or combination skin.

Last, but not least, astringent toners should mostly be reserved for oily or acne-prone skin, as their high astringent content often makes them too drying for other skin types, unless used on small problem areas and individual pimples.

How To Customize Your Facial Toner:

Facial toner

1.  Prepare your favorite base ingredient

Strong green teas are packed with antioxidants sure to keep your skin healthy and glowing! For a super fresh effect, cucumber juice is another fantastic toner base.

Specialized Ingredients

2.  Enrich with specialized ingredients

Raw honey boasts antibacterial properties and a hefty dose of antioxidants. Plus, it’s both soothing and clarifying, two attributes that promote healthy, glowing skin.

Lemon juice is loaded with healthy vitamins that can make your skin glow. Use only a little bit at a time, though, as the acidity could interfere with your skin’s natural pH.

Witch hazel tightens the skin, fights off bacteria and reduces inflammation. This natural astringent also helps remove excess oil and works wonders on normal to oily skin.

Apple cider vinegar is one of nature’s most powerful astringents, making it perfectly suited for oily or acne-prone skin.

Vitamin E

3.  Add a natural preservative for longer shelf life

Vitamin E oil is a phenomenal alternative to synthetic preservatives. Its antioxidant properties will help prolong the shelf life of your toner and keep it from going rancid.

Other ingredients

4.  Choose between astringency and a soothing effect

Vodka is a mighty astringent that will clean and tighten your pores like nobody’s business! Use sparingly on oily skin.

Plant-based glycerin has the ability to attract and retain moisture, making it a must-use ingredient for those with dry skin.

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