Toner is an important part of your skin routine, as it balances your skin, fights acne, and reduces sensitivity. But when store-bought toners begin to hit the $40 range, this extra skin care step can easily get the boot to save your budget. Expensive toners, however, shouldn’t keep your skin from looking its best; all you have to do is make it yourself. More than just saving your hard-earned cash, a homemade tonic allows you the freedom to customize ingredients that are just right for your skin.
Homemade toner lasts about three weeks—because there are no preservatives in the recipe, it has a fairly quick shelf life. With just three ingredients, the base of the toner is simple and easy.
Step 03. Now is the time to add additional ingredients tailored to your skin type. For oily, acne-prone skin, include a splash of witch hazel or a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil. For sensitive skin, add a tablespoon of gel from an aloe plant or rose water. For sensitive combination skin prone to redness, try adding two or three drops of sandalwood oil. Only use two or three drops per cup of liquid—it’s concentrated stuff.
Make sure to buy essential oils rather than fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are not extracted from plants like essential oils and, therefore, do not contain the same natural properties. You can find essential oils in natural food stores or online.
Once you’ve mixed your new toner, be sure to patch test it on your cheek near your jawline to see how your skin reacts. When you’re sure that it’s not irritating, begin incorporating it into your daily skin care routine, and look out for the results. Remember that you can always tweak the recipe until you find the perfect elixir just for you.