Raise your hand if you’re following #SkincareSunday!!!!! That was a trick question because every day should consist of a skincare routine that you religiously follow. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I adore trying out new products in the skincare arena. I constantly try out samples from Sephora and lust over all the cute packaging that’s designed to draw you in (props to all the product designers). The only problem with with those incredible products is that they’re e x p e n s i v e. Every time I’m at the checkout counter at Sephora, the angel on my shoulder tells me to save my money and find a dupe and the devil on my shoulder tells me to rack up those points. It’s a never ending battle when companies are constantly coming out with products that promise you all these benefits AND look Instagram-worthy (we have such hard lives right?).
If you’re looking into trying a gentle toner and don’t want to spend too much money, look no further. I’ve created 3 incredible DIY at-home facial toners that you can create with less than 5 ingredients EACH. The cost of making all of these combined was less than $20 – that’s a bargain if you ask me. You can even use a couple of the products interchangeably, depending on how they work for your skin.
What are facial toners? Here’s a quick breakdown:
Toner is used after you wash your face with cleanser. It’s an extra step added to get rid of any impurities that are still lingering on the skin, exfoliate the skin and decrease the look of pores, and depending on the ingredient, calm down any redness or inflammation that may be present. Some toners are designed to help your face glow, while others are primarily used for exfoliation. Whatever issues you may be facing, there’s a toner out there for you (and in this blog post) 😉
*You can use a spray bottle to store your toners – I just love to apply toner with a cotton pad so that I can press it into my skin and let it seep in that way.
I’m not even going to lie, I saw the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner and was immediately inspired to recreate this myself. This toner is $45.00 at Sephora, but cost me less than $10 to make myself. AND IT SMELLS LIKE HOPES AND DREAMS!
Rosewater is known to be a cure for redness and is always a go-to remedy because of its skin-calming properties. Another reason it’s so great for toning the skin is because it actually gets rid of dirt and impurities – so it’s perfect to apply on your skin after you cleanse. If you have acne scars or facial scarring of any kind, rosewater is known to help lighten those and keep your skin completely balanced. Lavender essential oils help do the same things, and also provide relief to the skin by cooling it down. Another perk – if you use this at night, it will help calm you down and aid in sleeping.
How to make your own Rosewater Lavender Toner:
What you’ll need: ½ cup of rosewater ½ cup distilled water 2 tablespoons witch hazel* 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil Rose petals (optional)
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients and combine in a container of your choice (I used glass bottles from Michael’s ($2 each) but you can use a spray bottle or mason jar too! Make sure to shake it well before using.
*What is witch hazel? It’s a plant-derived compound that is widely utilized in skincare. It serves as an amazing toner because it helps with soothing inflammation and skin irritation, fights acne, and helps protect your skin from the sun.There are many toners out there that only have witch hazel in them and those are amazing as well!
This toner is incredible because it has a two-birds-one-stone approach. It will work with the vitamin C in the lemon to help brighten your skin, and the cucumber juice will help decrease any inflammation that has appeared on or under the skin. Vitamin C is so incredible for skin, and it’s an active ingredient in many cleansers, toners, and masks to help rejuvenate tired skin. I’m always on the hunt for “brightening” skincare, so this toner is going to help me on those days that my skin just needs a quick wake up call.
How to make your own Lemon Cucumber Toner:
What you’ll need: Lemon juice from ½ lemon 1 cup distilled water 1/3 cup cucumber juice
Directions: Use a blender to liquefy the cucumber, and pour it into the water. Mix in the lemon juice and shake it well before using. I recommend keeping this in the fridge to increase lasting power and also add even more of a cooling effect!
I’m obsessed with all things matcha – so naturally, I had to start incorporating it into my skincare, right? Green tea is incredible for treating oily skin, reducing the look of clogged pores, and reduces any puffiness or redness that may be lingering on the skin. I can’t get over the benefits of green tea – whether you choose to drink it or put it on your face, you’re making the right decision. Why is milk involved? Milk has been used in Indian home remedies for centuries, mixed with now-popular items like honey and turmeric. It has vitamin D, which boosts cell production and skin radiance, moisturizes skin, and heals itchy, dry skin. If you’re like me, you may be tempted to drink it because it looks so much like a matcha latte, but you don’t want to swallow that witch hazel, trust me.
How to make your own Matcha Milk Toner:
What you’ll need: 1 cup distilled water 1/3 cup milk of your choice 1 tablespoon organic matcha powder 2 tablespoons of witch hazel
Directions: Mix in all of your ingredients, and make sure to shake up the container so any matcha powder bits aren’t floating around. Keep in the fridge for more lasting power.
I’ve already started using my rosewater toner, but I’m so excited to start using the other ones. I recommend using one toner a week to see how your skin reacts and benefits, and then starting another one.
Let me know if you guys like this kind of content and want to see more DIY projects. Going to craft stores like Michael’s and Joann’s gives me such immense happiness that it’s insurmountable in this universe. No, I’m not exaggerating. An ideal day for me is going through craft stores, iced coffee in hand, and mindlessly picking up items I don’t need. Hey, now you have an excuse to do it too!