I’ve been wanting to make my own fancy facial toner that’s custom for my skin, and so I’ve been experimenting… I’m excited to say that I’ve found a combination that I love! So obviously, I have to share it with you. *grin*
I’ve tried a few different concoctions, and found that my skin likes a combination of witch hazel and rose water best. I’ve heard amazing things about using Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted, as a natural toner for skin prone to breakouts… However, even drastically diluted, my sensitive skin wasn’t happy with ACV. But witch hazel and rose water? Bliss!
Why is Witch Hazel so good for skin?
Witch hazel is a natural, gentle astringent that tightens skin (reducing pore size) and helps with troubled skin by reducing inflammation and getting rid of excess oil. Crazily enough, even though witch hazel works as an astringent, it also helps to improve hydration to the outer layer of your skin by sealing in moisture. Be careful to choose a brand that doesn’t contain alcohol, I personally use Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel.
Rosewater Benefits All Skin Types
Rose water is wonderful for any skin type as it is full of antioxidants and vitamins which nourish and help prevent signs of aging. It also reduces redness and irritation, and cleans away anything that may be lingering on your skin, making this one of my go-to products for facial care.
- Sensitive Skin – Rosewater can help sooth irritated skin
- Aging Skin – Rosewater tones and softens skin
- Oily Skin – Rosewater cleanses and helps balance oily skin
- Normal Skin – Rosewater refreshes and adds a healthy glow
Powerhouse Essential Oils for Facial Care
- Lavender – for dry and troubled skin (highly recommend for all!)
- Frankincense – for aging skin
- Geranium – for dry and aging skin, helps balance oily skin
- Myrrh – for dry and aging skin
Facial Toner Recipe
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To make a 4 oz bottle of Facial Toner, you will need the following… You may want to double the recipe to make 8 oz. I prefer to make small batches because I’m constantly tweaking!
- 4 oz glass bottle
- Witch Hazel (alcohol free)
- Rose Water
- 6 drops of essential oils of choice (optional, I use 3 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense)
- Pinch of salt (to help disperse the essential oils)
- Put a pinch of salt in the bottle first, then add your choice of essential oils
- Fill bottle 2/3 full with Witch Hazel
- Fill remainder 1/3 with Rose Water
- Shake bottle before applying with cotton ball, or spritzing on
TIP: Put this in the fridge in the summer for a quick, nourishing cool down!
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