The common herbs used in toners
include witch hazel, geranium, honey, lemon, ivy, sage, nettle
and burdock. Witch hazel has a tendency to dry the skin. It is
ideal to combine it with moisturizers such as Vitamin E, honey,
etc. Rosewater helps keep skin and face moisturized, fresh and
balances the pH levels.
Essential oils are the gentlest
way of toning up. Rose water for normal or dry/sensitive skin
or witch hazel for oilier skins is ideal bases for fresheners.
These can be applied with cotton wool, using smooth, gentle upward
strokes or sprayed on to the face. Oily skin benefits from juniper
or lemongrass whereas drier skins would benefit from rose or
Apply the skin toner to a cotton
ball and sweep it gently across your face. The cotton wool should
come out relatively clean when toning. If it is not clean it
indicates the cleansing has not been done properly. Do not succumb
to the temptation to tone the skin whenever you feel it has become
dirty. It should be used only after the skin has completed a
cleansing routine and not as a substitute for cleansing. So,
remember that your toner must function as a toner and not as
Toning is pleasant and refreshing,
can act as an additional cleanser on very oily or dirty skin,
and is valuable in removing any traces of grease that the cleanser
may have left behind. Think of it as the polishing touch in your
skin care treatment.
Homemade Toner Recipes
1 cup watermelon chunks, 2 tbsp
witch hazel and 2 tbsp distilled water
Purée watermelon chunks
in a processor or blender. Strain the liquid and discard the
solids. Mix the strained liquid with the remaining ingredients,
stir and pour into a glass bottle. Dab on face using a cotton
ball. This is rich in sugar and vitamins A, B and cup Watermelon
has astringent properties, and the super high water content makes
it an excellent skin refresher.
Rose Skin Toner
3 ½ cups of witch hazel,
½ cup dried rose petals and 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Mix ingredients together making
sure it is all blended well. Strain the blend and splash on your
face after cleansing.
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exercise all precautions while following instructions on the
recipes from this article. Avoid using if you are allergic to
something. The responsibility lies with the reader and not the
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