Many people wonder, why to use a toner? Briefly, good quality toners help to restore natural skin ph. They not only shrink skin pores, but also even out and balance skin’s oil production. Moreover, when used under makeup they build up a protective fence on the skin to restrict impurities from makeup to penetrate into the skin.
Toners made with vitamin C have been flooding the beauty market lately, claiming to eliminate wrinkles, age spots, other flaws and erase years off from mature faces. But there is a problem with store bought vitamin C facial toners as vitamin C oxidizes quickly, so its effectiveness cannot remain for long. Solution is to make your own vitamin C products at home in small batches that can last for up to 1 week.
Today we share here a very simple DIY face toner recipe that really works and will save you tons of money!
Homemade Facial Toner Recipe
This toner will almost immediately improve your skin tone significantly as the natural ingredients chosen for this natural toner are amongst the best!
Why This Toner Works Best?
Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps tighten skin, maintains natural pH, improves skin elasticity, prevents fine lines by energizing collagen production, guards skin from harmful sun rays, and has lightening effect that helps fade out age spots or sun spots. Various high end skin products (that cost hundreds of times as much as this homemade toner) use vitamin C (many times synthetic) for this purpose. Even if you get sufficient amounts of vitamin C in your diet, a topical application of vitamin C provides much more skin benefits.
Natural Beauty Tips:
(i) Vitamin C is acidic in nature. Whereas, the skin enjoys a gentle acidic environment, but an excessive and too fast use can cause skin irritation, particularly if your skin is sensitive. Although you can mix in 3 times as much vitamin C as used in this recipe, but make sure to start gradually and work up to find your own skin’s balance. Over time, you can mix in a little more, but not more than 1.5 teaspoons.
(ii) Vitamin C is extremely volatile and oxidizes within a few days when exposed to air, light or heat. Don’t waste your money on highly expensive vitamin C beauty products as they turn ineffective after a few days. Thus make your own product at home as much as you need for a week at a time and keep in the refrigerator or at a place out of sunlight and away from heat to have a cool-cool toner for use after washing your face.
Witch Hazel: Witch hazel, an extract from the leaves and bark of witch hazel plant, has an ancient times history of use, especially for skin care. It has been used over the years as a natural remedy for acne, burns and other skin irritations. It’s a naturally anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, making it very effective for reducing the appearance of acne, redness and skin irritation. It helps to lock in moisture, making it a good choice for both oily and dry skin, and is high in tannins that diminish the appearance of fine lines.
How To Make Witch Hazel And Vitamin C Face Toner?
Take 1/2 teaspoon vitamin C powder, 1/4 cup witch hazel extract and 8 drops of lavender essential oil (optional). Mix all the ingredients together in a small glass bottle – spray or dropper bottle. Shake the bottle well to mix thoroughly. Apply this anti-aging vitamin C facial toner after washing your face every morning and night before applying moisturizer or makeup. Shake vigorously before using it. You can also spray liberally, with eyes and mouth closed, all over your face and neck and let it dry.
Vitamin C Serum: Alternatively, you can use vitamin C serum in place of toner. In case you have really dry skin or don’t have witch hazel to use, you can use food grade glycerin instead of witch hazel. Voila, this is your own homemade vitamin C serum!
Natural Beauty Tips:
(i) As vitamin C oxidizes quickly, vitamin C products should be made in small batches.
(ii) Some individuals’ skins are sensitive to vitamin C, so it is good if you test the toner or serum on a small skin area; wait for 24 hours, before using it all over.
Have you ever used vitamin C on your skin; share your experience under comments below!