When you cleanse your skin, your skin is ripped of essential nutrients, oil and hydration. It often causes pH imbalance. How to restore it?
When you use a toner, you replenish what’s lost during cleansing and restore pH balance. It forms a protective layer on your skin and tightens your pores. It also restore oil balance and thus protects your from acne outbreaks.
It can prevent ingrown hair. It also hydrates and refreshes your skin. Aren’t these benefits compelling enough? If you use makeup, toners are a must, agree most dermatologists.
What Type of Toners Should You Avoid?
Toners laden with Alcohol, Chemicals or Harsh Substances and Perfumes should be avoided. You don’t want to add further problems now, do you?
Should I pick a Toner According to my Skin Type?
Absolutely, Yes! A Toner that will work for your skin type is best. There are different options for every skin type and you can choose what works for you best.
Though I have acne-prone and oily skin, I was never able to use Astringents. I stuck with mild toners as they worked for me, though Astringents often work well for those with acne-prone or oily skin. So, the key is to find what works for you.
Here are few DIY Toner Options you could try!
Green Tea Toner (Oily / Acne-Prone Skin)
1 Part ACV & 3 Parts Green Tea
Seep the Green Tea Leaves / Bags to near boiling water and let it sit for a few minutes. Make sure you switch off the flame before adding Green Tea Bags / Leaves.
You can skip the ACV and use the Tea alone, too.
Rose Water Toner (Sensitive Skin)
You only need Rose Petals for this recipe and water.
I added about a handful of Rose Petals (I used Edward Roses) though you can use whatever Rose you can get.
Bring water to boil (2 Cups), switch off and add the Rose Petals. After the petals lose their color, filter and use it!
If you have dry skin, Rose Water tends to make it further dry. So don’t use if you have dry skin.
Chamomile Toner (Dry / Sensitive Skin)
Bring water two cups of water to boiling temperature and add 2 Tbsp. of Fresh / Dried Chamomile Flowers. Let it cool down. Filter and use as needed.
Aloe Vera Gel (Normal / All Skin Types)
Aloe Vera Gel is suitable for all skin types.
These are just a few options you can consider for your skin, though we will be adding more recipes for each skin type. This way, you will have options to pick and choose from.
How to Use a Toner?
Just dip a ball of cotton and rub it over your face and neck right after cleansing. Make sure you use the toners you prepare within 10 days and refrigerate.
In case of Aloe Vera Gel, you can wipe off excess gel using a tissue or cotton after a few minutes.