Facial toners are a combination of specific moisturizers, essential oils, and extracts, used to refine the skin. There are ongoing debates about whether toners should be routinely applied, for fear that their regular use will strip the skin of its natural oils and leave it drier. This can be the case when ingredients in the toner (e.g., alcohol) do not suit your skin type; however, a properly chosen herbal toner can have a moisturizing and soothing effect, thanks to the use of natural ingredients. Keep reading to discover how to design your own herbal toner, as well as the benefits of creating one.
How do I choose a facial toner?
The most important consideration to make when selecting a facial toner is that you are using one that is suitable for your skin type. Creating your own facial toner at home allows you to do this. What's more, commercial brands of toner can be expensive; using natural products to moisturize your skin is not only gentler on the skin, it's cheaper, too. Read on to learn how to make a standard base for a facial toner, and discover which essential oils to add according to your skin type and desired outcome.
How to make a toner base
Begin with 100 ml of rose water, and pour this into a glass bottle. Add your essential oil of choice - see below for tips on how to pick it-, put the lid back on the bottle, and shake vigorously. Leave the bottle for 36 hours to allow the contents to combine naturally. Strain the mixture through a paper coffee filter and pour the filtered toner back into the bottle. The toner can be applied to the skin daily using cotton wool pads, and rinsed afterwards using cool water.
Toner for dry skin
To moisturize dry skin healthily, mix one drop of chamomile oil and one drop of geranium oil with the rosewater. Chamomile is a gentle moisturizer for dry or particularly sensitive skin, and geranium oil fragrantly rejuvenates sluggish skin by balancing natural oils in the facial tissues.
Toner for oily skin
Add one drop of juniper berry to the rosewater, to balance oily skin and soften blackheads, and one drop of rose otto, for its skin-boosting antioxidant properties.
Toner for damaged skin
Burnt, wounded, or acne damaged skin can benefit from adding one drop of tea tree oil to the rosewater concoction, as the oil has numerous antioxidants for skin repair, and antiseptic properties to prevent wounds from becoming infected.
Purchasing skincare products is not only expensive, but it can be easy to overlook ingredients that could cause damage to your skin, such as alcohol. In creating your own toner you not only save money, but you can be absolutely sure that what you are putting on your face is natural. Your face is a precious and identity-defining part of yourself, and it's vital to treat it carefully, with natural nourishment and sensitivity.
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