Use these easy-to-make DIY toners for your skin to remove oils and beauty products for your skin, leaving it clear and refreshed at the end of the day!

Your face will thank you for this DIY toner!

In one day, we can put our skin through a lot of stress. Being our body’s largest organ, our skin protects us from head to toe so it’s only fair that we treat it with the utmost care, starting with this DIY natural face toner. It’ll remove oils and products from your skin gently, so it’s wonderful for oily and acne-prone skin. DIY beauty products are the best, aren’t they? They’re frugal, easy to make and you know exactly what’s going into them.

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These DIY homemade toners isn’t your childhood skin facial toners

If you grew up in the ’90s, you might have experienced the drying alcohol-based toners that made us all stop using them as we grew wiser. We all remember when puberty started doing a number on our skin. Who didn’t try Sea Breeze? We applied some to a cotton ball and swiped it across our skin, believing it was doing only good things for our pimply faces! Slowly we all stopped using it. But this isn’t that.

Skin toner is popular again!

These days, you’ll find skin toners for every type of skin and every skin issue out there. They are very popular right now and everyone wants to get their hands on one! Depending on what kind of skin you have and what benefits you’re looking for, you will have plenty of toners to pick from.

Use your DIY skin toner after you wash your face

The skin on our face can get very sensitive. Environmental factors like harsh weather, germs, and bacteria can cause it to react in many different ways. For this reason, we are often encouraged to get into the habit of washing our faces on a daily basis. And for people who have skin conditions like rosacea or eczema, facial skin can be easily irritated not only by the environment around us but also by the products we use. That’s why it’s important to find cleansing products that are compatible with our skin and that consist of safe ingredients.

When considering a facial skincare routine, do yourself the favor and add toner after face washing and before moisturizing. While many people skip this step, it’s essential in keeping your skin’s PH balance and also keeping your pores at bay. Not to mention, it also prepares your skin for moisturizers that you’ll be applying afterward.

Image of ingredients for diy skin toner- a measuring cup with water, loose green tea leaves, a bottle of apple cider vinegar, and an empty spray bottle.

Skin Types

1. Dry skin

DIY homemade facial toner for dry skin generally contains things called humectants, like glycerin, which draws water into the skin from the air around it. After you wash your face with soap, you’ve stripped your skin of face oils that would soften your skin and allow the moisturizer to penetrate the surface. Applying lotion to a dry face is like pouring water on bone-dry dirt. It’s not going to absorb it like it normally would if there was already some moisture in the skin. Enter humectants! You might also find other things in skin toners for dry skin, like honey, rice water, or rose water.

2. Oily Skin

Oily skin is oily because of the overproduction of sebum, the oil in your skin that protects it. When you strip your skin with facial cleansers, it can signal to your skin to produce more sebum, making your skin even more oily! But oily skin also produces a lot of clogged pores, which is why astringent toners work great for this skin type. It sounds counter-productive, but the key here is to not completely dry out the skin. If you have this problem, after you wash your face, try a gentle or natural astringent toner that will also moisturize the skin, like a witch hazel lemon juice toner. Astringents help pull things like dirt, oil, and bacteria out of the skin while also shrinking the pores, which is helpful when too much oil is the culprit.

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3. Aging/Mature Skin

As we age, our skin produces less collagen, which plumps up our skin, making it elastic and attracts moisture to it. It’s recommended that even those with mature skin use toner since we’re still using it to balance the pH of the skin and prep it for our next step- moisturizer. To support this skin type, try a hibiscus face toner. Like green tea, hibiscus supports healthy skin with antioxidants that fight free radicals, the cause of premature aging. Other great ingredients for your DIY skin toner for mature skin– things like coconut water or rice protein, which return collagen to the skin.

4. Acne-Prone Skin

There’s acne brought on by puberty, but acne can be a struggle at any age, for many reasons. This type of skin tends to be sensitive, so when you’re looking for appropriate ingredients for your DIY skin toner, you should keep that in mind. Acne toners like this one include ingredients that work on pimples and open skin while also nourishing and calming the skin. Essential oils like tea tree oil work wonderfully for this purpose because its antifungal and antibacterial, and lavender oil is calming while having similar properties.

5. Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be challenging when it comes to finding skincare, so making your own is a great option. Whether you just react strongly to chemicals and perfumes, or have a skin condition, you can find soothing products to use in your DIY skin toner recipe. We love a toner made with chamomile and honey, which soothes while also adding moisture back into the skin.

DIY beauty products leave you in control of ingredients

We love homemade beauty products, like our DIY skin toner that you can make from your very own home. Many store-bought toners contain a high amount of alcohol which can cause extreme dryness– the very thing we’re trying to avoid these days with toner and skin care products. Moreover, many toners contain less-than-stellar chemicals, and who wants to slather chemicals all over their face? Making your own means that you control what goes on your face.

When you do a search for DIY toner ingredients, you’ll notice that a lot of them contain a lot of the same things, but one will say it’s for anti-aging and another will say it’s for oily skin. A lot of these ingredients do many different things for our skin, which is great! Maybe you have both sensitive skins that are also dry. The DIY skin toner below is great for many skin issues.

Make our green tea skin toner that’s great for all skin types

This DIY skin toner is great if you’re new to homemade beauty products because it contains minimal ingredients and extremely simple to make. It keeps your budget in mind and you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry. It contains green tea, a great antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals, and apple cider vinegar, a great gentle astringent that helps remove dirt and bacteria from pores. You can switch up essential oils based on what your skin needs – frankincense and geranium, offer great benefits for all skin types.

Ingredients for DIY skin toner:

  • Green tea leaves, enough for one cup of water
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3-5 drops of essential oil (your choice oil, but this step is very optional)
  • 1 spray bottle or mason jar

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How to prepare your DIY skin toner:

  1. Steep your tea in the hot water according to the tea’s directions.
  2. Let cool completely.
  3. In a bowl, mix tea with vinegar and essential oil.
  4. Pour carefully into your spray bottle or mason jar.

How to apply your DIY skin toner

Some people like applying their toner with a cotton pad, especially when it’s stored in something like a mason jar. Simply soak the cotton pad and swipe it over your skin, letting it soak in. You can even find no-waste facial pads made out of bamboo and cotton in places like Etsy. If you decide to put your toner in a spray bottle, spray it on and pat it into your skin with your fingertips. This is a much gentler application for your face, especially if you have acne or rosacea.

An image of homemade diy skin toner in a spray bottle. Background is a white counter. Next to the toner is a cotton ball and a green plant in a white pot.

Other tips for using toner

  • Dermatologists recommend using a skin toner as part of your morning and nighttime routine. You can use the same one or try mixing it up– use a refreshing toner when you wake up and a calming toner before you go to bed.
  • Don’t forget that toner isn’t just for your face. However you prefer to apply it, also apply it to your neck and chest. The skin in these areas is the same as on your face.
  • Try keeping your toner in the refrigerator if you need a cooling boost. There aren’t really any skin benefits from keeping it cold, but it feels great on a hot day!

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