After the overwhelming popularity of my DIY Glow Serum using essential oils, I thought I would share my DIY toner for glowing skin that makes my face, well, glow! I get compliments on my skin almost every day- from complete strangers – and I have my all-natural skincare regimen to thank for it!
I decided to create my own a few months ago when I was researching different toners on the market. The purpose of a toner is to help restore the pH balance of your skin, but the toner I was using was doing just the opposite. It left my skin feeling dry and irritated.
I was having a difficult time finding one that didn’t a) use alcohol (alcohol is extremely harsh and dries out your skin) or b) wasn’t laden with fragrance, additives, and other harmful chemicals.
Little did I know that an ingredient that I use almost every day- from cleaning to helping with digestion- would prove to be the perfect ingredient in my DIY toner for glowing skin: Apple Cider Vinegar.
Before I get into how to make it, let me share a little bit about each ingredient, and how they work.
Apple Cider Vinegar : It contains alpha hydroxy acids that help to remove dead skin cells, making it an excellent toner. It can also be used for all skin types. For oily skin types and those prone to breakouts, it helps to reduce redness and kill the bacteria that causes pimples. For those with dry to normal skin, it actually helps to regulate the pH balance of the skin and keeps it from becoming too dry. And? It’s great for reducing the appearance of wrinkles over time!
Witch Hazel : WH is also a natural toner, and acts as an astringent to help shrink pores, moisturize skin, and reduce inflammation. Make sure the Witch Hazel you purchase is non-alcoholic, as alcohol irritates and dries out your skin.
Essential Oils : The best part of the toner! Essential oils are nature’s solution to so many of the issues we experience- from skin issues, to cranky kids before bedtime. You can read all about my experience with essential oils, and why I started using them here, and why I recommend Young Living oils over any other brand.
- Lavender Essential Oil : Is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, making it the perfect oil to prevent and treat breakouts! It also increases circulation and reduces redness.
- Frankincense Essential Oil : Often referred to as the “Fountain of Youth” oil. Helps lighten darks spots over time; reduces pore sizes and tightens the skin.
- Lemongrass Essential Oil : Natural astringent and toner; kills bacteria and enhances your skin’s glow!
YOU WILL NEED :
- 1.5 oz of Non-Alcoholic Witch Hazel (I love the Thayer’s brand)
- 1 tsp of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (make sure to get it with the Mother)
- Lavender Essential Oil – 12 Drops
- Frankincense Essential Oil – 12 Drops
- Lemongrass Essential Oil – 12 Drops
- 2 oz Amber Glass Spray Bottle (I buy these from Amazon)
TO MAKE :
Pour in 1 teaspoon of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar into your 2 oz amber spray bottle, followed by 1.5 oz of your Witch Hazel (you can always eyeball this- just make sure to leave room for your essential oils). Then, add in your essential oils. Stir the mixture with the spray lid to your glass bottle, and then add the lid onto the bottle. And then? You’re done! So easy, right?
TO USE :
Spritz onto a cotton pad or cotton ball and gently blot over your face after cleansing. Follow up with my DIY Glow Serum, or other facial serum. Then moisturize! I do this every AM and PM to get the best results.
And there you have your very own DIY toner for glowing skin! When all is said and done, it only costs $7.96 to make, including the cost of the bottle. Not bad for an effective toner that’s toxic free, and won’t damage your skin!
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