More and more women are going au naturel when it comes to taking care of their beauty.

Generally, the skin care routine is a three-step process—Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize. While we have already given you a head start with how to make your own homemade facial cleanser; it brings us to the second step—DIY facial toner.

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Many women may deem it unnecessary, probably because of the hassle of using it daily, but toners are crucial for restoring the natural pH level of your skin after cleansing. Toners further help soak up excess oil from your skin, shrink pores, and get rid of any remaining impurity or leftover makeup from your skin.

There are readymade toners available in the market, but they are often loaded up with synthetic chemicals that only ruin your flawless skin in the long run. The Internet too is chock-a-bloc with DIY recipes, which may not always turn out to be effective since every skin type needs to be dealt differently.

To help you in your quest for a non-toxic natural living, we bring to you the best DIY toner recipes for oily, dry, acne-prone and normal skin.

Recognize your skin type first and go ahead with the recipe that suits you the best.

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Learn how to make DIY facial toner for your skin type
Learn how to make DIY facial toner for your skin type

Note: Some individuals may be allergic to certain ingredients used in the DIY toner recipes. We would advise you to do a patch test first before using the toner on your entire face.

Contents

# TONER FOR OILY SKIN

Method 1: Using Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel

Apple cider vinegar is your best bet when it comes to dealing with oily skin. Not only does the vinegar helps balance the pH of your skin, but the enzymes present in it help prevent further breakouts. The witch hazel, on the other hand, works as a natural astringent, shrinking large pores and reducing sebum production in the skin.

This toner recipe also uses lavender essential oil that further soothes skin and tea tree oil that works as an antibacterial and prevents acne breakouts.

 Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner for oily skin using apple cider vinegar and witch hazel

  • Apple cider vinegar (restores pH of skin) – 3 tablespoons
  • Witch hazel (has astringent properties) – 2 tablespoons
  • Lavender essential oil (soothes skin) – 1 drop
  • Tea tree essential oil (antibacterial) – 1 drop

Step 1. Combine all the ingredients

Combine apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, tea tree and lavender essential oil to make a DIY facial toner for oily skin
Combine apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, tea tree and lavender essential oil in a container
  • Pour out 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a container.
  • Add to it 2 tablespoons of witch hazel.
  • Add 1 drop each of lavender and tea tree essential oils.

Step 2. Mix well and store in a spray bottle; use after cleansing your face

Mix well to make DIY facial toner for oily skin
Mix thoroughly and transfer into a spray bottle ; use after cleansing your face
  •  Stir the solution to blend all the ingredients.
  • Using a small funnel, transfer the liquid to a spray bottle.

For use, cleanse your face thoroughly with a homemade cleanser. Shake the toner bottle before use and spritz it on your face while it is still wet. Wait for a minute to let it dry, and then apply a light moisturizer.

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Use it once or twice daily to get rid of acne. The shelf life of this toner is fairly long about 2 to 3 months, making this one of the best DIY toner recipes for oily skin.

Method 2: Using Rose Water

Rose water can also be used in conjunction with apple cider vinegar to make a DIY toner. The vinegar helps normalize the pH of your skin. The rose water works as a mild hydrating agent and also soothes irritated skin. The anti-inflammatory rose water can also be used to get rid of puffiness under your eyes.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner for oily skin using rose water and apple cider vinegar

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  • Apple cider vinegar (restores pH of skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Rose water (anti-inflammatory) – 2 tablespoons

Single-Step Method: Mix apple cider vinegar with rose water and apply

Mix rose water and apple cider vinegar to make DIY facial toner for oily skin
Mix rose water and apple cider vinegar to make DIY facial toner for oily skin
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of rose water into a spray bottle. You can either buy it from the market or make your own at home.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
  • Fix back the pump of the bottle and shake well to mix the two ingredients.
  • Use the DIY 1 or 2 times every day after cleansing your face to keep oily skin in check.

The shelf life of this DIY toner is 1 to 2 months.

Method 3: Using Lemon and Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea contains menthol and salicylic acid that exfoliate skin and also work as an astringent. The cooling sensation of menthol further provides relief from inflammation and rashes of acne. Lemon, on the other hand, helps cut through excess oil and also curbs sebum production in oily skin.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner for oily skin using lemon and peppermint tea

  • Peppermint tea bag (exfoliates skin, leaves a cooling sensation) – 1
  • Hot water – 1 cup
  • Fresh lemon juice (removes excess oil) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Brew a cup of peppermint tea

Steep a peppermint tea bag in a cup of hot water for 2 to 3 minutes to make DIY facial toner
Steep a peppermint tea bag in a cup of hot water for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Dunk a peppermint tea bag in 1 cup of hot water.
  • Let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes, and then remove the tea bag.

Step 2. Add lemon juice to peppermint tea, store, and use as needed

Add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to make DIY facial toner for oily skin
Add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and transfer into a spray bottle
  • Add 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the peppermint tea.
  • Stir well and transfer the mix to a spray bottle.
  • Spray the DIY toner on a cotton pad and wipe your face with it to get rid of the impurities.

Use this DIY toner 1 to 2 times every day to get rid of acne. The shelf life is 1 to 2 weeks when kept refrigerated.

Method 4: Using Cucumber

Cucumbers serve well as natural toners, especially for oily skin. They help to hydrate your skin, without turning it oily. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamins A and C and essential minerals, which give a healthy boost to your skin. Cucumbers also leave a cooling sensation, refreshing your tired skin.

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Step 1. Boil cucumber slices in water

Boil fresh cucumber slices in water for around 8 minutes to make DIY facial toner
Boil fresh cucumber slices in water for around 8 minutes
  • Place a saucepan over heat and pour 1 cup of water in it.
  • Slice up 2/3 of a cucumber and drop the slices in the water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and let it simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from heat and let it cool for 1 or 2 minutes.

Step 2. Blend the cucumber and water; strain and store in a spray bottle

Blend the boiled cucumber and water in a food processor; extract the liquid to make DIY facial toner
Blend the boiled cucumber and water in a food processor; extract the liquid
  • Transfer the cucumber slices along with water to the jar of a food processor and blend it into a paste.
  • Using a sieve, collect the liquid in a jar.
  • Allow it to cool off completely.
  • Transfer the liquid to a spray bottle using a funnel. Store it in the refrigerator.
  • Spray the cucumber toner on a cotton pad and wipe your face with it several times in a day.

The shelf life of cucumber toner is 4 to 5 days.

Use your DIY facial toner to keep your oily skin under control
Spritz your DIY cucumber toner to keep your oily skin under control

# TONER FOR OILY AND ACNE-PRONE SKIN

Method 1: Using Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea

Apple cider vinegar can also work wonders for the acne-affected skin. The enzymes present in the unprocessed vinegar work as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents to stall acne-breakouts. Green tea has astringent properties that help shrink pores, thus reducing oil secretion. Green tea also contains flavonoids that work as antioxidants to repair skin damage and thus reduce acne scars.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner for oily and acne-prone skin using apple cider vinegar and green tea

  • Raw apple cider vinegar (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – 1 tablespoon
  • Brewed green tea (acts as an astringent) – 3 tablespoons

Step 1. Mix apple cider vinegar and green tea in a spray bottle

Combine apple cider vinegar and brewed green tea to make DIY facial toner for oily and acne-prone skin
Combine apple cider vinegar and brewed green tea to make DIY facial toner for oily and acne-prone skin
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar in a small spray bottle.
  • Add to it 3 tablespoons of freshly brewed green tea.
  • Secure the cap and shake well to blend the two liquids.

Step 2. Apply the toner on your face to remove dirt and oil

Use the DIY facial toner to remove dirt and impurities from your face
Spray the toner on a cotton pad and use it to wipe away dirt and impurities from your face
  • Spray the DIY toner on a cotton pad.
  • Use the soaked cotton to wipe away dirt and impurities from your face. Start from your neck, moving in an upward direction.

Use the toner twice daily. The shelf life of this toner is 1 week when kept refrigerated.

Method 2: Using Rose Water and Camphor

Rose water works well as a mild hydrator and also reduces the redness in acne-affected skin. Adding a pinch of camphor helps counter infection in clogged hair follicles, thus reducing acne. It also adds astringent properties to the rose water.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner for oily and acne-prone skin using rose water and camphor

  • Rose water in a spray bottle (soothes skin) – 3 tablespoons
  • Powdered camphor (antibacterial) – 1/8 teaspoon

Step 1. Add camphor to rose water 

Combine rose water and camphor in a spray bottle
Combine rose water and camphor in a spray bottle
  •  Pour 3 tablespoons of rose water in a small spray bottle.
  • Add to it 1/8 teaspoon of powdered camphor.
  • Fix back the cap of the bottle and shake well to dissolve the camphor completely.

Step 2. Use as toner for acne

Spritz DIY facial toner your face to get rid of acne
Spritz on your face to get rid of acne
  • For use, spritz the toner on your face.
  • Wait for 1 or 2 minutes, and then wipe your face with a cotton pad.
  • Use it 2 to 3 times a day to get rid of acne.

# TONER FOR DRY SKIN

Method 1: Using Apple Cider Vinegar and Lavender Oil

Apple cider vinegar is beneficial for both oily and dry skin for rebalancing the natural pH levels. To use for dry skin, dilute the vinegar with distilled water. The distilled water will help increase the shelf life of the toner as well. This recipe also contains lavender essential oil that helps soothe your skin and prevent infection, making this one of the best DIY toner recipes for dry skin.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner for dry skin using apple cider vinegar and lavender oil

  • Apple cider vinegar (balances pH of skin) – 1 teaspoon
  • Distilled water in a spray bottle – 2 tablespoons
  • Lavender essential oil (soothes skin) – 3 drops

Single-Step Method: Add apple cider vinegar and lavender oil to water

Combine water, apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oil to make DIY facial toner
Combine water, apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oil in a spray bottle
  • Add 1 teaspoon of unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar to 2 tablespoons of distilled water in a spray bottle.
  • Add 3 drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Secure the nozzle of the bottle and shake well.
  • Use it twice daily.

The shelf life of the toner is 1 month.

Method 2: Using Rose Water and Coconut Oil

This DIY toner for dry skin uses soothing rose water along with the nourishing extra-virgin coconut oil. The fatty acids in coconut oil are easily absorbed into the skin to hydrate it without turning it glossy. Coconut oil is also antimicrobial and prevents skin troubles. This toner recipe also uses glycerin that works as a humectant to draw moisture to the dry skin.

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Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner for dry skin using rose water, glycerin and coconut oil

  • Rose water (soothes skin) – 2 tablespoons
  • Extra-virgin coconut oil (nourishes skin) – ½ teaspoon
  • Glycerin (acts as a humectant) – ¼ teaspoon

Step 1. Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle

Combine rose water, glycerin and coconut oil to make DIY facial toner
Combine rose water, glycerin and coconut oil in a spray bottle
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of rose water in a small spray bottle.
  • Add to it ¼ teaspoon of glycerin.
  • Finish up by adding ½ teaspoon of coconut oil.
  • Fix back the nozzle of the spray bottle and shake well to mix everything well.

Step 2. Clean your face with the toner twice daily

Use the DIY facial toner twice daily to cleanse your face
Spray it on a cotton pad and use it twice daily to cleanse and tone your face
  • Spritz the DIY toner on a cotton pad.
  • Use it to apply the toner on your face twice daily.

The shelf life of this toner is 2 to 3 weeks. 

Method 3: Using Green Tea and Aloe Vera Gel

The antioxidants found in green tea help tighten pores and get rid of toxins from your skin. Combining it with aloe vera gel forms a gentle yet effective toner for dry and flaky skin. The aloe vera gel helps in the regeneration of skin while also shielding it against pathogens.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner for dry skin using green tea and aloe vera gel

  • Brewed green tea (rich in antioxidants) – 2 tablespoons
  • Aloe vera gel (antibacterial and renews skin) – 2 teaspoons

Single-Step Method: Combine green tea with aloe vera gel and use

Mix brewed green tea with aloe vera gel to make DIY facial toner for dry skin
Mix brewed green tea with aloe vera gel to make DIY facial toner for dry skin
  • Pour 2 teaspoons of fresh aloe vera gel in a spray bottle. You can learn how to extract fresh aloe vera gel here.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of cooled off green tea.
  • Close the cap of the bottle and shake well to blend the two liquids.
  • Use this DIY toner once daily to get rid of dry skin.

The shelf life of this homemade toner is 1 week when kept refrigerated at all times. 

# TONER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

Method 1: Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can also benefit sensitive skin when used in the right way. Simple dilute the raw and unfiltered variety of the vinegar with the right amount of water and use it daily like you do with your facial toner.

Single-Step Method: Dilute apple cider vinegar with water and use as facial toner

Dilute apple cider vinegar to make DIY facial toner for sensitive skin
Dilute apple cider vinegar to make DIY facial toner for sensitive skin
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.
  • Add to it 4 tablespoons of distilled water.
  • Close the cap and shake well to dilute the vinegar.
  • Use it once daily to tone your sensitive skin.

Method 2: Using Rose Water and Lavender Oil

This homemade toner combines the ever-gentle rose water with witch hazel, another natural astringent to make a perfect toner for sensitive skin type. This recipe also uses lavender essential oil for its antibacterial and soothing properties, and is safe to use even on sensitive skin.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner for sensitive skin using rose water, witch hazel and lavender oil

  • Rose water (soothes skin) – 2 tablespoons
  • Witch hazel (works as astringent) – 1 teaspoon
  • Lavender essential oil (soothes skin) – 1 drop
  • Distilled water – 1 tablespoon

Single-Step Method: Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and use as toner

Combine rose water, distilled water, witch hazel and lavender essential oil to make DIY facial toner
Combine rose water, distilled water, witch hazel and lavender essential oil in a spray bottle
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of rose water in a spray bottle.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of distilled water.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of witch hazel.
  • Add 1 drop of lavender essential oil.
  • Secure the cap and shake well to blend all the ingredients.
  • Use it 1 to 2 times daily like your regular facial toner.

 The shelf life of this toner is 2 to 3 weeks.

Use this DIY facial toner for sensitive skin twice daily

# TONER FOR NORMAL TO DRY SKIN

Method 1: Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Even if you are blessed with normal and healthy skin, you need to use a toner to maintain your smooth skin and flawless complexion. Use apple cider vinegar along with lavender essential oil to make a soothing and effective facial toner.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIY facial toner using apple cider vinegar and lavender oil

  • Apple cider vinegar (restores pH of skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Distilled water – 2 tablespoons
  • Lavender essential oil (soothes skin) – 5 to 10 drops

Step 1. Combine the three ingredients in a spray bottle

Combine distilled water, apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oil to make DIY facial toner for normal to dry skin
Combine distilled water, apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oil in a spray bottle
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar in a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of distilled water in order to dilute the vinegar.
  • Add 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Close the bottle and shake well.

Step 2. Spray the toner on your face

Spary this DIY facial toner twice daily to get healthy and glowing skin
Use it twice daily to get healthy and glowing skin
  • Cleanse your face and spray the toner all over your face.
  • Wait for 1 or 2 minutes, and then wipe it off with a cotton pad.
  • Follow with your regular moisturizer.

Use the toner at least once daily to maintain healthy skin. The shelf life of this toner is 1 month.

Method 2: Using Rose Water

Rose water should be incorporated in your daily skin care regime for hydration and to maintain a healthy and clear skin. You can add chamomile and geranium essential oils to rose water to keep skin troubles at bay.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make DIy facial toner using rose water with chamomile and geranium essential oils

  • Rose water (soothes skin) – 6 tablespoons
  • Chamomile essential oil (prevents skin inflammation) – 1 drop
  • Geranium oil (prevents acne) – 1 drop

Single-Step Method: Mix the essential oils in rose water and use

Combine rose water, chamomile and geranium essential oil to make DIY facial toner for normal to dry skin
Combine rose water, chamomile and geranium essential oil in a spray bottle
  • Pour 6 tablespoons of rose water in a spray bottle.
  • Add to it 1 drop each of chamomile and geranium essential oil.
  • Fix back the nozzle and shake well to blend the oils with rose water.
  • Use it twice daily after cleansing your face to keep your skin healthy and blemish-free.

The shelf life of the toner is 2 to 3 weeks.

Use this DIY facial toner twice daily to get clear, flawless skin
Use it twice daily to get clear, flawless skin

Tips

  • Use a homemade cleanser to wash off dust and impurities from your face.
  • Exfoliate your skin at least twice weekly for healthy skin turnover.
  • While you may be using toners at night, it is important to apply toner in the morning as well. It helps prepare your skin for the day.
  • Apart from using homemade and natural products, it is also important to get the right kind of nutrition for a healthy skin. Eat foods rich in vitamins C and E such as blueberries, strawberries, and nuts. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables also imparts a healthy glow to your skin.
  • Keep your body hydrated with water and juices to maintain supple and healthy skin.
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