Disclaimer: Results from using this toner will not be overnight. It takes consistency along with a good skin care routine to see improvements. Also, I am not a licensed esthetician but I have completed the schooling and graduated with honors.
Facial toner. Two words that everybody knows is associated with skin care but most of us actually have no clue what it is or why it’s good for you. I too was a victim in the mystery. When I was in high school I majored in esthetics. For those of you that don’t know what an esthetician is, it’s a trained and certified technician that works to improve the skin and nails, does waxing, relaxation massage and makeup application. Anyways, in my esthetics course we learned about all of the different products an esthetician would use and one of the products was, you guessed it, toner.
Toner is a product that helps clean the skin by removing the left behinds of your cleanser and helps balance the PH of your skin (aka, even out your skin tone). Toners are like the bridge that connects your skin care routine. You apply a toner after you have washed off your cleanser and dried your face. As I explained before, it gets the left behind gunk off to really give your skin a clean base for you to apply your moisturizer. That being said, get your moisturizer on before the toner has completely dried, trust me on this. It makes a difference on how well the moisturizer absorbs into your skin whether the toner is dried or still damp on your face, which is another benefit of toner by the way!
Now that we’ve unveiled the mystery of toner, it’s time to make your own!
Here’s what you will need:
- 1 tea bag of green tea
- 1 tsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best but not necessary)
- 1-2 cups water
- A small spray bottle (50-150ml)
Heat up your water in a kettle and prepare the green tea like normal, except you will want to let it sit for a bit longer than usually so that it becomes pretty concentrated. Once it has been sitting for a bit, take the bag out, add the lemon juice and let the tea cool down to room temperature.
Pour it into your bottle and voila!
This toner is so simple and quick to make and the benefits it has on your skin are fantastic! Green tea is rich with antioxidants and is anti-aging. It helps to neutralize damage from free radicals (stuff in the air that damages the skin) and helps to even out your skin tone making your skin look more flawless. The lemon helps to give your skin a brighter appearance, is antibacterial and helps your skin to feel fresh.
I hope this post helped you to understand what toners are and what they do for your skin. Thank you so much for reading and let me know if you have tried my DIY Toner and how it worked for you?