Lots of people skip the face toner in their skincare routine. While skin care toner isn't as critical as your basic cleanser, it can help improve the overall look of your skin, as well as balance oil production.
It's also a great "cheat" if you're too tired to cleanse your face properly before bed. Just spritz on, wipe off, and follow with moisturizer. This isn't an everyday solution to proper skincare, but it is okay in a pinch.
You need to make sure you match your homemade skin toner with your skin type. Use a mild, moisturizing facial skin toner for dry or sensitive skin and an astringent, antibacterial toner for oily or acne-prone skin.
This gentle, cleansing facial skin toner helps calm skin irritation, reduce wrinkles and promote the growth of healthy skin - a great anti-aging toner that smells divine!
1 cup (250ml) Rose Hydrosol (rose water)
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
3 drops Helichrysum OR Lavender essential oil
3 drops Frankincense essential oil
3 drops Sandalwood essential oil
1 drop Chamomile essential oil
Hydrosols are floral waters that come from steam distilling plant materials. They're like essential oils but much less concentrated. You could use lavender hydrosol in this homemade skin toner recipe, but it doesn't smell quite as nice.
1 cup (250ml) Rose Geranium Hydrosol
7 drops Lavender essential oil
1 drop Geranium essential oil
1 drop Palmarosa essential oil
1 drop Patchouli essential oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil
This skin care toner helps tighten pores and remove excess oil. It also kills acne-causing bacteria and gets rid of any dirt you missed with your cleanser.
1 cup (250ml) Witch Hazel
3 drops Palmarosa essential oil
3 drops Petitgrain essential oil
3 drops Lemongrass essential oil
3 drops Tea Tree essential oil
1 drop Geranium essential oil
My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients like hydrosol and witch hazel is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent and their quality is good. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for these homemade skin toner recipes...
Mature, Dry & Sensitive Skin
Normal & Combination Skin
Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They only supply oils though, not the base ingredients like hydrosols or vegetable glycerin.
I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.
I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference on my skin, I was won over.
I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.
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Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want on your skin.
Check out some more great aromatherapy facial recipes you can make for every step of your skincare routine.
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