Raise your hand if you use a face toner!
*Nobody raises hand*
Raise your hand if you’ve HEARD of it, yet have no idea what it DOES!
*Everyone’s hand shoots up*
This little classroom scenario seems to be common place. While nearly everyone has heard of the word face toner, nearly just as many people have no idea what a face toner does or how to use one or, rather, when to use one. I have even seen my fair share of fashion bloggers and ‘fashion gurus’ face toner the wrong way or skip the step entirely.
So, what is face toner? Simply speaking, face toner is a water-based liquid that contains active ingredients, which help to aid certain issues.
What does a face toner do? Face toner helps to shrink pores, balance your pH, refreshes, moisturizes, and prevent ingrown hair. For many people, face toner is also beneficial in helping to clear and prevent acne.
When to use a face toner? After washing your face.
How to use face toner? Apply a generous amount to a cotton ball/pad and apply it to your face in circular motions sweeping upwards. Don’t be too rough. You’re not buffing a car!
Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff! Aka, DIY TONERS!
- 1 Fennel Bulb (Pureed)
- 1 Thyme Sprig
- Half a Lemon (Juice Only)
- 1/4 cup of Water
In a food processor, blend the fennel bulb until it is completely pureed. Transfer the fennel puree to a saucepan and, to the saucepan, add the thyme, lemon juice, and water. Bring to a low simmer before removing the fennel mixture. Strain it through cheese cloth and, TA-DA, you have a fennel toner.
Note: If you want to put the fennel/lemon juice remains to good use, add 1 cup of chicken stock, 1 cup of white wine, 1 tbsp of minced garlic, and some mussels. You got yourself a fancy dinner right there.
Mint & Apple Toner
- 4 tbsp of Chopped Mint
- 2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 cup of Water
For this DIY, we want to make mint-infused apple cider vinegar. To do this, place the chopped mint and ACV into a small jar – preferably a glass jar, such as a mason jar – and keep in a cold, dark place for about a week. After the week, strain the mint from the apple cider vinegar and add the water. Store in a cool place.
Kombucha & Aloe Toner
- 1/2 cup of Kombucha
- 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Juice
- 2 tbsp of Rose Water
In regards to the kombucha, be sure to use ONLY plain/original kombucha. I know that kombucha is growing in popularity and, as such, is gaining a lot of different flavors. YOU DO NOT WANT THE ONE WITH A FLAVOR. YOU WILL BREAK OUT!!! Okay, now that we have that cleared up…Combine the kombucha, aloe vera juice (or two tbsp of aloe sap straight from the plant) and rose water. Place in a mason jar or old toner bottle and store in a cool place.
Honey & Chamomile Toner
- 1/2 cup of Chamomile Tea
- 1 tbsp of Honey
- 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
To make this DIY, we need to take a little more care in making our cup of tea. This isn’t going to be a put the tea bag in hot water for 2 hot seconds and take it out. No, when making this cup of tea, we’re going to take out time. For this tea, be sure to let the bag steep in the hot water for about 2 hours. We want EVERY bit of tea to be infused in that water. After making the tea, remove the tea bag and add the honey (raw is best) and apple cider vinegar. Store in a cool place.
Note: Rather than throwing out the tea bag, place it under your eyes and use to help dark circles. If you plan to do this, use two bags when making the tea.
Green Tea and Coconut Toner
- 1/4 cup of Green Tea
- 1/4 cup of Coconut Water
- 4 tbsp of Chopped Mint
- 1 drop of Coconut Oil
*Look above on how to properly steep the green tea for these DIY recipes.*
Add the mint and coconut water into a small jar and place in a dark place, allowing the mint to infuse with the coconut water – this should take a couple of days. When the coconut water is properly ‘minty’, strain the mint and add the green tea and the drop of coconut oil. I know, a drop doesn’t seem like much but, trust me, a little goes a LONG WAY in terms of coconut oil.
For more uses for coconut oil —> Coconut Blast