Yay, my first DIY (do it yourself) facial product! I have read all about toners, but I have never really incorporated a toner into my morning or nightly routine. I will go more into my morning/nightly routines in the near future. For now, I want to share about the benefits of a facial toner and how to make your own with all natural ingredients!
But first, let’s talk about what a facial toner is/how it is used. I used to live under a rock when it came to anything makeup-related or skincare. I would like to say that I have improved a lot over the years. What is a facial toner? A facial toner is generally applied to your face after you use your face wash, and before your moisturizer. A facial toner is used to remove excess oil, makeup, dirt, and clear your pores (great for acne-prone skin!). A toner also balances your skin’s pH levels.
What are pH levels? If you’re like me, then you always hear people talk about products that “balance your pH levels.” Like cool, but what does that really do for my skin? Basically, pH levels act as a protective barrier to our skin (fighting infections, protecting the skin from environmental factors, etc.). However, factors can still interference with our skin’s pH balance disrupting the skin’s ability to protect itself. Some of these factors include environmental factors (smoking, air, water, sun, and pollution) or skincare products. Therefore, it is important to use products that will balance and maintain healthy pH levels for our skin.
Now that we know what a facial toner is, let’s talk about the benefits of the ingredients that I used. Apple Cider Vinegar: pH balancing, treats sunburns, fights acne, prevents blackheads, fades scars, removes dead skin cells, and shrinks pores. Organic Witch Hazel: Reduces swelling and redness, fights acne, sun damage, balances oily skin. Hemp Oil: fights acne, balances oily skin, shrinks pores, anti-aging, moisturizer (does not clog pores). Tea Tree oil: acne fighting. Pachouli and Frankincense oil: anti-aging, and minimizes scars. Add some Lavender or Lemon to also help with acne-fighting and the scent.
What you will need:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Organic Witch Hazel
- 100% Pure Hemp Oil
- Essential oils: Patchouli, Frankincense, & Tea Tree. I also added some lavender after to drown out the apple cider vinegar smell. 🙂
- A small glass bottle container for the mixture. I like to order mine off of amazon here:
- Add 7-10 drops of each oil to the glass container
- Fill the container about 1/4 with Witch Hazel, 1/4 the way with Apple Cider Vinegar, and 1/4 the way with Hemp Oil
- Fill the remaining space with water
- Shake well before use
- ENJOY! I like to spray the mixture on a cotton ball/pad and rub it on my face. I am new to using a toner, so I am experimenting with it. Let me know what you think!!
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