Many people don’t realize it but the secret to great skin can be something as simple as caring for your skin with natural products. Whether your skin is oily, dry, sensitive or normal, we all know that keeping your face clean is extremely important in skin care.
Having a basic skin care regimen and learning your skin type is extremely important to the type of skin care products you choose when caring for your skin. A “basic” skin care regimen will consist of 3 steps for daily use: cleansing, toning and moisturizing. For a weekly regimen you will add an exfoliant, mask and serum depending on your skin’s condition and challenges.
Exfoliating, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing – these are the four pillars upon which good skin care rests. All of us know what cleansing is. Although basic, it is the most vital part of skin care. However, what most people don’t realize is that cleansing and toning go hand-in-hand.
So what is a toner?
Generally speaking, toner is a water-based liquid with a consistency like vinegar that contains active ingredients to help address specific issues.
While cleansing clears your face to a certain extent, it is not enough to get rid of all the impurities that your face collects through the day. Using a toner helps remove any leftover buildup of dirt that your cleanser could not get to. It is a necessity for people with oily skin (Like myself) as it:
- Shrinks pores.
Applying a small amount of toner to a soft cotton ball or pad and gently blotting and wiping your face with it will remove oil and give the appearance of smaller pores.
- Restores your skin’s pH balance.
Our skin is naturally acidic, typically with a pH balance of between five and six (on a scale from 0 to 14). But that balance can get out of whack after cleansing due to the alkaline nature of soap. When this happens, your skin needs to work overtime to return to its normal levels (and that may result in oil), but using a toner can help restore this balance quickly.
- Adds a layer of protection.
Toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, thus reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. It can even protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water.
Some toners are humectants, which means they help to bind moisture to the skin.
- Refreshes skin.
Toner can also be used in lieu of washing your skin when it’s oily or dirty. It will leave your skin revitalized even when you’re on the go.
Now if you are like me and tend to stick with more natural and organic skin care items then this post is for you. It is very much possible to prepare your own natural facial toner as per your skin type using the ingredients available in your kitchen without spending money on expensive beauty products.
HERE ARE FIVE NAUTRAL TONERS YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME:
Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner:
- Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water.
- Immerse a cotton pad in the solution and then wipe your face with it.
Apple Cider Vinegar-helps balance and restore skin’s natural pH and improves overall complexion; Evens out skin tone; Lightens sun and age spots; Dissolves dead skin; Reduces appearance of pores; Can help with acne breakouts and scarring.
Lemon Water Toner:
- Dilute 1 tbsp of lemon with 1 cup of water.
- Apply the solution to your face using a cotton pad.
- Optionally, you can rub a lemon peel on your face and wipe off any residue with a wet cotton pad.
Lemon – A natural source of Vitamin C; an ingredient commonly used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone; A natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion.
Mint Tea Toner:
- Boil 6 cups of water.
- Add a couple of mint leaves to the water while it is still hot.
- Allow the solution to cool.
- Saturate a cotton pad with the solution and wipe your face with it.
Mint- The astringent and cooling properties of mint heals acne; calms down skin redness or inflammation; lightens dark spots and blemishes and gives the skin clear, fair and acne-free face.
- Slice an aloe vera leaf and scoop out the gel.
- Dilute 2 tbsp of the gel with 1 cup of cool water.
- Apply the solution onto your face using a cotton pad.
- This solution also soothes sunburns and rashes.
Aloe-Moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel; acts as a moisturizer and is great for the face prior to the application to prevents skin drying.
Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.
- Take 2/3rds of a fresh cucumber and chop it up into small pieces.
- Pour a cup of water into a pan and add the chopped cucumber.
- Heat the pan for about 8 minutes until the water starts to boil.
- Blend the cucumber and water.
- Let it cool and then filter the juice out using a sieve.
- Apply this toner onto your face using a cotton pad.
Cucumber- In addition to its hydrating water content, which lends the skin moisture and reduces puffiness, the vegetable packs vitamin C and which bolsters your body’s collagen and elastin production and its connective-tissue-bolstering silica. It also contains caffeic acid which soothe inflamed or irritated skin.
Additionally, cucumber packs plenty of fiber, magnesium and potassium, which help regulate blood pressure. This in turn reduces puffiness and soothes inflamed skin, both symptoms of high blood pressure.
How Do You Apply It?
After cleansing your skin, pour two to three drops onto a cotton pad—this works best because it doesn’t absorb too much of the liquid and easily transfers product to your face. Make sure you get enough product on the cotton pad so that it feels damp but not too wet so that you’re wasting the liquid. Smooth a small amount across your face, neck, and décolletage, adding enough pressure to reach deep into your pores but not too much force so as to pull at the skin.
You can also have your toner in a spray/mist bottle which will allow you to easily spritz all over your face.
How Often Should You Use One?
While it’s true that overuse of toners can cause your pores to overproduce oil—a natural defense mechanism when your glands feel too stripped of moisture—it’s safe to apply both morning and night, especially if you’re oily.
Experts advise that you use toner directly after you cleanse your face, before any serums and treatment products, as a second defense against that dirt and grease.
If your skin is on the drier side, stick to using toner just at night, by doing so, you’ll be removing any pore-clogging impurities that will further saturate your skin during your eight hours of snooze time and instead help your skin in its nightly renewal process.
How do you use your toner or do you use any at all? Try some of these and let me know!!