Questions asked widely are “What is a toner?”, “Do we need them?”, “How we do it?”, “Why use a toner?” and so on. The arguments and myths regarding toners just do not seem to disappear and the fog of confusion just keeps growing.
The toners are cosmetic products that are like any other skincare products introduced to make you look good. And like different people’s different needs, answers related to toners also change.
Toners are can be a great deal rather than just a cosmetic product it can be a savior, a skin changing element. People with oily skin will see the difference more distinctly because toners can be there a knight in shiny armor. People suffering from the oily skin will surely be benefitted by adding toner in their beauty regime. Let’s dig dipper into this, shall we?!
What Is A Toner?
A toner is a cosmetic that is designed to clean the face off dirt, oil, and impurities that are left behind even after cleaning with a cleanser and to shrink the pores. Sometimes, cleansers can also leave a film of oil on your skin and using a toner will help to get rid of it.
It is mainly a water-based lotion type liquids composed of specific active ingredients including plant extracts and essential oils. Toners can be of many kinds addressing a specific action or type of skin. They are mainly hydrating, calming and soothing and astringent toners.
But, we can also get pH balancing toners, cleansing toners and etc. toners will also help with skin color, scars, and many other problems. Toners penetrate deep down and help from inside.
How to Detect a Nice Toner?
The most common name is rose water. This household item is very effective and goes with all skin types. It is hydrating, clarifying, refreshing and easy to use. Another easy pie is chamomile. Or you can use both.
Many toners use alcohol as this is especially anti-bacterial so cleanse your skin and can get rid of any type of grease, oil and things off the skin. But it can be over-drying. So, be careful of the dosage.
First, determine what is your skin type and what does it need. Cleaning, soothing, refreshing? Ask your skin in the mirror “Mirror, mirror on the wall! Tell me what my skin needs?” It is quite simple you see.
How to Use a Toner?
Toners are supposed to be applied after you have washed your face with a cleanser. They will get rid of the left dirt, give moisturizer, relax your skin, make you feel refresh and make your skin look dewy glowing.
Well, there are few ways to apply toner on your face and neck. A cotton ball and pads are the most common. Soak and apply. Then there is spray. Spritz some toner on your face. Face the toner mouth upwards bending toward your face and at least a hand away and spray. The mist will fall on your face and neck.
Many people use a toner after every wash in a day. You can do it too depending on your skin need and toner type. The best and must time to use a toner is before going to bed when you have done the last of your beauty care.
Reasons behind Getting Oily Skin
There is more than one and a definite answer behind it. It varies from skin to skin. The reasons can lies in your genetics, in your lifestyle, diet, age, hormones, environment and so on. Your skin can be originally oily or your skin needs some oil to keep it moisturized. So, it turns oily. You have to observe yourself and find out what is troubling your skin.
How to Make Homemade Toner for Oily Skin
Here are toners for the skin accumulated with excess oil and sebum. These toners will keep your skin acne free.
1. Green Tea Toner
The green tea (buy it from Amazon) in anti-inflammatory helps with skin redness and acne. Apple cider vinegar has more than one benefit to kin. Just know for sure it will maintain a healthy skin.
- 2-4 green tea bags
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Instruction: Boil water and steep green tea in it. After steeping leave it at room temperature. You can discard the tea bags afterward. Now add apple cider vinegar and give a stir to it. Now you can use cotton balls or put it in a bottle and spray when needed. It can be stored in the refrigerator for like 10 days.
2. Essential Oil Toner
Essential oils (buy it from Amazon) are blessings. There are enough essential oils to take care of your skin. And they go in anywhere. cream, lotion, mask, scrub, toner…… Just name it. Using essential oil in making toner is actually very eoconoveninet (economically convenient) and time-saving. So, here we have geranium Egyptian oil that improves overall skin complexion, Chamomile German essential oil that soothes congested skin and frankincense oil that has remarkable anti-aging properties.
- 2oz witch hazel
- 1oz rose water
- 3 drops of frankincense oil
- 3 drops of German chamomile oil
- 2 drops of geranium Egyptian oil
Instruction: Now put everything in your spray bottle and give it a nice and hard shake. Also shake well before every use. Spray it on your face after the bath. Before bed or when your skin feels tightened and drained. Or you can use a cotton ball and dab it in the face.
3. Vinegar Toner
Green tea and apple cider vinegar form a perfect toner for the oily and acne-prone skin. Their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties kill the entire germ and bacteria that cause ace, pimples, blemish, blackheads, and whiteheads and calms the redness of the skin. It cleans the pores deeply and maintains the pH, thus excess sebum is not accumulated on the skin.
- ¾ cups steeped green tea
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Instruction: Steeping the tea let it come down to room temperature. Once it is cooled down, add vinegar. Store it in an airtight container or spray bottle. In the refrigerator, it will last up to 10 days.
4. Rosemary and Cedarwood Oil Toner
Rosemary is an antioxidant substance that will help you to look younger and cedarwood (buy it from Amazon) is regenerative. Along with astringent witch hazel, this woodsy smelly toner is the right choice for the night beauty care.
- ¼ cup dried rosemary leaves
- ¾ cup witch hazel
- 30 drops cedar wood essential oil
Instruction: Chop up the leaves and put it into a wide-mouth mason jar. Now add the witch hazel. Close tight and leave it in a dark cool area at least for 2 weeks. Shake often. The leaves will be infused in the water. After 2 weeks strain out the leaves and take the infused liquid in a fresh jar. Add essential oil to it. Cover up and give a shake. Enjoy your toner. You can add extra 10 drops of oil if you want a stronger aroma.
5. Apple Mint Toner
Mint has this very refreshing and relaxing thing in it. It lifts up your mood and makes you feel revived. When it comes to oily skin, mint helps a lot.
- 3-4Tsp chopped fresh mint
- 2Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup water
Instruction: Take the mint and vinegar in a small mason jar with a tight lid like screw-top lids. Keep it at room temperature for about a week. After that, the mint will get infused in the vinegar and give out a pleasant minty scent. Strain out into a bottle and add water. Stir well and store in a cool place. Apply it once a day, especially when it is hot outside.
6. Kombucha Rose Toner
Kombucha is a type of yeast that can detoxify your skin, hydrates, increases elasticity and improves skin tone, texture, and brightness.
- 10 parts rose water (buy it from Amazon)
- 1 part kombucha
Instruction: Stir kombucha in rose water. Take it in a bottle and store in a cool place. Use pad or cotton ball to apply or take it in a spray bottle.
7. Hibiscus Toner Mist
A toner rich in vitamin C that will keep your face away from oil and aging. And bacteria too, that cause pimples.
- 6 ounces water
- 3 organic hibiscus tea bags
- 1-ounce witch hazel
- ½Tsp vitamin C powder
Instruction: Boil the water. Turn off the heat and add the tea bags. Steep it covering for 20 minutes. Discard the tea bags and add witch hazel and vitamin C. Now take it in a spray bottle and store in a dry cool space. Its shelf life is about 2 weeks but will stay longer if stored in the refrigerator. Use it twice in the morning and night.
8. Pomegranate Toner
This is a great and powerful combo of antioxidants for your skin. Your skin will be rejuvenated over the night and you will stay young and fresh.
- ¼ cup green tea
- 1/8 cup pure pomegranate juice
- 1/8 cup filtered water
Instruction: Steep green tea bag in a hot water and cool it down. Dilute pure pomegranate juice with an equal part of water. Now combine them. Spritz it all over your face and neck. In the refrigerator, it will stay for about 2 weeks.
9. Grapefruit Rind Toner
Grapefruit will keep your skin hydrated and balanced. The vitamin C content in it helps and repairs your skin.
- 4 cups distilled water
Instruction: You can apply the rind 2 ways on your skin. First, you can cut the rind into strips and wet the inside, the white part. Then rub the peel on the face. Follow with moisturizer. Second, boil the water. Once boiled remove it from heat and add the grapefruit rind. Cover it with a tight fitting lid. Let it infuse for an hour at least but you can keep longer. The longer, the more infusion. Strain it and store in dry cool place or in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to moisturize.
10. Aloe Vera Toner
For keeping your skin calm and dewy moisturized, this toner is the best choice. It will fight off wrinkles and zits too.
- 6Tbsp witch hazel extract
- 2Tbsp aloe vera gel
- 5-10 drops essential oil
Instruction: Take your spray bottle and add everything in it. Give it a shake. You can pick up any of your favorite essential oil. Spritz it or get cotton to help. Shake every time before use.
11. Apple Cider Vinegar Mist
Apple cider vinegar is known widely for its anti-aging abilities and it also maintains skin’s pH, so your face will be less oily.
- 1Tbsp raw organic apple cider vinegar (buy it from Amazon)
- 1 cup water
Instruction: Just add and make a solution. You can keep it in your mist bottle or fill a jar with cotton balls or cotton pads and pour the solution. Use a piece when needed.
12. Fennel Toner
Fennel is great for taking care of oil and sebum accumulation on the face.
- 2 raw fennel bulbs
- ½ lemon
- 2 springs fresh thymes
Instruction: Make juice out of the lemon. Puree the fennel. In a saucepan add purred fennel, thyme, and enough water and boil it. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice. Let it steep there for 15 minutes. Later strain it and store in an airtight jar. In the refrigerator, it will stay up to 10 days.
13. Lemon Juice
Lemon is a great antibacterial agent and helps to lighten the skin tone. It can cut off any grease forming on the face.
- 1Tbsp lemon Juice
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- 1 cup water
Instruction: Boil the water and remove it from the flame. Immerse the tea bag and let it cool down. Once cooled add lemon juice. And it is ready.
14. Watermelon Toner
Watermelon is most probably everyone’s favorite fruit for summers. (Except a few weirdo, like the one person I’ve at my place) it is also packed with vitamin A, B6 and C with an amino acid which is good for skin.
- 2Tbsp fresh watermelon juice
- 2Tbsp distilled water
- 1Tbsp vodka or rubbing alcohol
Instruction: Extract watermelon juice with the help of a strainer. For a fine pulp-free juice, strain it again through fine cheesecloth. Add the vodka and water and stir well. Store it in the refrigerator.
15. Neem Oil Toner
Neem oil (buy it from Amazon) controls sebum production and reduces excess oil. It is anti-inflammatory and stops acne, pimples from appearing.
- 1 part neem oil
- 6 part witch hazel
Instruction: Add the both and give it a stir so the oil is completely diluted. Wipe off your face with it every day.
16. Camphor Rose Water Toner
Rosewater is an excellent natural toner itself. Also, as for camphor, it relieves the skin itching, irritation, and pain. It is good for curing burns, acne, rash, eczema, fungus and so on.
- A pinch of camphor
- A medium-sized bottle of rose water
Instruction: Add the camphor in your rose water and use it. After every wash, tone your face with this toner. Your face will be fresh and gorgeous throughout the day.
17. Chamomile Toner
The chamomile tea has beneficial essential oil and antioxidants that shrink the pores and removes excess oil and impurities. It can also penetrate deep down the skin and work effectively.
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 1 cup water
Instruction: Boil it for 5 minutes. Let it cool down. Store in a bottle and apply after every wash with a cotton pad or ball. You can also add honey to it. 1Tsp will do.
18. Rice Water Toner
Rice water helps to shrink the pores and controls the accumulation of excess sebum on your skin surface. It will also promote cell growth and stimulate blood flow.
- Handful of rice
- 1 cup water
Instruction: Wash the rice under running water. Then soak in the cup of water. It will take about a couple of hours for the water to turn milky. Strain out the water and use it twice a day after cleansing to wipe your face.
19. Honey Toner
An apple is slightly acidic in nature. It’s pulp helps to maintain pH at healthy level thus controlling sebum production. Apple has glycolic acid which is a potent cleanser of dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells.
- 1 apple
- 1Tbsp honey (buy it from Amazon)
Instruction: Chop an apple. Keep its peel if it is organic. If not peel it, blend the pieces and make a nice paste out of it. Add honey. Wash it off after 15 minutes with cool water.
20. Witch Hazel Toner
Pomegranate’s vitamin C maintains the natural oil balance of the skin. It is also rich in antioxidants that will nourish your skin and save from free radical damage.
- ¼ cup pomegranate juice
- 2Tbsp distilled water
- 3Tbsp witch hazel
Instruction: Make juice out of the pomegranate. Better you add no or less water. Strain it. Now add the water and witch hazel in it. Your toner is ready. Store it in an airtight container. It will go for a few days in the refrigerator.
More Tips to Get Oil-Free Skin
Only applying things topically will not get you far and you will never be able to get rid of the problem either. You have to bring change in your lifestyle as well. Like:
- Keep a balanced diet. Include fresh fruits and vegetables, less oily and fried food. Do not starve.
- Drink plenty of water. For a grown adult around a 6-7 glass of water is a must.
- Sleep well. Keeping late night is required sometimes for the career. But, once or twice a week. Try to finish up things within the daytime and sleep undisturbed at least for 7 hours. It will not only help your skin and health but will also increase your mental ability.
- Steam once in a while. It helps to get rid of all the toxins from the body.
- Use natural products on skin. There is a wide range of homemade scrubs, masks, washes and so on surfing on the internet. Take your pick.
- Take exercise because sweat helps to get rid of toxins from the body and give your skin chance to breathe.
Some More Facts about Toner
Toners can be applied on both face and neck. And you should apply toners on face and neck regularly. Especially, at night before the bed. At night when we rest our skin rejuvenates and heals, toners will help with the process.
Wash your face before applying toner. Your face has to be clean, makeup-free. For that, you can use Micellar water or any other cleanser. You can try homemade once.
Toner has to be the second one in the line of your beauty routine. Before any moisturizer, serum, treatment product or sunblock put toner. Right after wash, apply your toner.
Use clean finger tips, cotton pads or balls to apply toner. Massage it gently on the skin or you can spray it. In that case, put the spray bottle at least a feet away from the face. Spray slightly upwards and let the sprinkles fall on your face. Keep your eyes closed. Don’t breathe heavily either.
In Conclusion, now can we say that we have at least something on toners? Nope? Fine, just give it a try. 2 months? 3 months? To the most 6 months of your life? Expense? Baby, these homemade DIY’s do not cost much, that is why they are so popular and who knows you may find your soul mate in this toner thing. Give it a try at least for the sake of curiosity. Go ahead. Do not be shy. It is OK. Liya Kebede, Sarah Rutson, Siddhartha Bekers, Beth Ditto, Mila Moursi say it is OK. (Do not know who they are? What is the big deal? Google out. Your eyes are already on the screen.)