Whether or not you need toner is actually debatable (see my article, Is Toner Necessary?). I do not recommend toner for women with dry skin, but it can be great for anyone with oily skin. Toners tend to help regulate oil production and calm inflamed skin.
These are some of my favorite toner recipes.
Green Apple Skin Toner
Mimi Dakar, co-founder of the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic in California, shared a version of this apple toner recipe on the TV show The Doctors. Of course, as I was watching the show, I wrote the recipe down, tried it out a few weeks later and then adapted the recipe.
I love this toner recipe for oily skin. Why? Apples contain the Vitamins A, B and C, making this recipe a great antioxidant booster for your skin.
The witch hazel in this recipe can be drying, but it is 100% natural and has amazing benefits for acne-prone, pimple-prone and oily skin. It reduces inflammation, removes makeup, brightens skin tone, removes oil and some people swear it helps control blackheads.
Apple cider vinegar is also great at reducing inflammation, making it the perfect ingredient for women suffering from psoriasis and other skin conditions. Actress Scarlett Johannson reportedly swears by apple cider vinegar to keep her acne and blackheads at bay, according to the Huffington Post.
- 1 green apple, organic preferred
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup witch hazel (I love Dickinson's brand), buy from Amazon
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Cut up the apple (leaving out the core) into small pieces.
Place the apple and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Let the mixture cool.
Strain the mixture using a fine mesh sieve into a bottle with a cap or a spray bottle.
Add the witch hazel and apple cider vinegar.
Gently shake the bottle so the mixture mixes together.
You can either spritz this apple toner on your face, neck and chest or apply it using a cotton ball. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Always follow with moisturizer applied to still-moist skin.
This toner is especially great for oily and acne-prone skin. I adapted this recipe from a wonderful book I consult on a regular basis, The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health, buy from Amazon.
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- 1 rooibos tea bag
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 2 drops rosemary essential oil, buy from Amazon
- 4 drops lavender essential oil, buy from Amazon
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Pour 1 1/2 cups over the tea bags and then let steep for 5 minutes. Once the water is cool, remove the tea bags and add the essential oils.
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