The 411 On All Natural Toners
Using toner in your skincare routine is an important yet under utilized step. Adding a toning product to your regimen aids in removing makeup residue, balancing the PH balance of your skin and provides overall hydration. Additionally, it may reduce the size of your pores so that you're less prone to breakouts.There are various types of toners available depending on whether your skin is acne prone, dry, oily, combination or normal. If you suffer from breakouts however, toner is essential to keeping pimples at bay. It should be applied after washing your face, right before you add a moisturizer.
Like anything you consume or apply to your body, going the all natural route ensures that you aren't using an harmless ingredients. As a matter of fact, you can make an all natural toner with items that you may already have own such as apple cider vinegar, witch hazel and tea tree oil. Here is the 411 on how you can use them separately to keep your skin imperfections away:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR | ACV contains both antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it extremely effective for those with acne prone skin. Since breakouts occur when your skin is either too oily or too dry it's helpful to use apple cider vinegar to balances the ph to your skin! Keep in mind that it's acidic, so be sure to use sunscreen if you use this as a toner. In some cases your skin may look worse before it gets better.
Basic Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe:
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of (organic) apple cider vinegar
Directions: Combine the two ingredients into a sterilized glass bottle and shake. Since ACV may prove to be too strong for some individuals, you can use more than 1/2 cup of water and less than a 1/2 cup of acv to start off with. It's all about testing it out and seeing what your skin reacts to.
WITCH HAZEL | This product as a natural astringent making it beneficial especially if you struggle with acne. It disinfects the skin and reduces bacteria under your skin. Thus dwindles inflammations and the development of pimples. Witch hazel is createf from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis virginiana), but you can purchase it in places such as Target, your local drugstore, etc.
TEA TREE OIL | This essential oil works as a great antifungal and antiseptic!
DIY Tea Tree Oil Recipe:
Distilled Water Tea Tree Oil Lavender Oil
Directions: Combine the three ingredients into a clean container and shake well. Like any other toner, you can use a cotton square to clean your face after you've washed it.
If you're a product junkie and want to experiment with a variety of all natural toners, here are a few that you may want to try: