When I ditched all my high-priced department store serums, facial toners, cleanses, and lotions, I needed to find more natural skin care products to replace them with. Lucky for me, it wasn’t too difficult to find a more natural approach to skin care, since most of the ingredients were things I already had in my cabinets!
Why Use A Natural Facial Toner?
If you have any type of combination skin, oily skin, dry skin, or suffer from acne, you know how important having a quality skin care routine is to keeping your skin in check. Growing up, using a facial toner in between cleansing and treating my skin was just a natural part of my acne routine, but I really never understood why it was so important.
Skin is naturally on the acidic side, and most quality skin care products are more alkaline, which helps balance out the pH of your skin. Using a facial toner can also clean off oil, shrink pores, and prepare your skin for treating with a natural vitamin C serum.
The problem is that most department store skin care toners have added chemicals in them, usually to make them glide on easier, or really clean your skin out with harsh detergents, but you don’t need all that! You can actually make a very gentle and natural facial toner with ingredients you probably already have, and it will be much safer for your skin.
Witch Hazel and Vitamin C Ingredients
Witch hazel is extracted from the bark and leaves of the Hamamelis Virginiana shrub, and has been used throughout history as a natural remedy for treating different types of skin irritation. It has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that make it perfect for treating acne, and calming skin irritation.
Witch hazel is wonderful at locking in moisture, which makes it great for anyone with dry or oily skin. You could certainly use witch hazel alone as a toner, but the addition of vitamin C really give this toner a boost.
Vitamin C is known for its ability to help tighten and brighten the skin, which is why it’s a common ingredient in a lot of expensive department store products. Luckily our natural toner recipe costs significantly less than those high-priced products, and doesn’t have any synthetic chemical ingredients to boot.
Vitamin C Caution: Since vitamin C is naturally on the acidic side, you’ll want to be careful with it if you have sensitive skin. While our skin usually prefers a more acidic environment, adding too much vitamin C at one time can cause irritation for those with sensitive skin. My advice is to start slow to see how your skin reacts, then add in more vitamin C if needed.
Don’t Make Large Batches
Because vitamin C breaks down over time, making large batches of the recipe won’t be as effective, as the vitamin C will lose its potency. I personally make an individual batch each time I use this toner to ensure it stays fresh, but if you absolutely want to make a slightly larger batch, place the ingredients in a dark-colored glass bottle like this, and store in the fridge for up to a week. This recipe will give you enough to use a few times.
What You’ll Need
- 1/4 teaspoon Natural Vitamin C Powder
- 1/4 cup Witch Hazel Extract
- 4-8 drops of Essential Oils (optional – I find lavender has a soothing effect on the skin)
What To Do
- Combine all ingredients in a small, dark-colored glass bottle, spray bottle, or dropper bottle. Don’t use plastic!
- Shake well to mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- Saturate a cotton ball or cotton pad with a small amount of toner, and apply to skin after cleansing.
- Use daily, or as needed.
Additional Tips: You can also make your own vitamin C serum if you don’t want to use witch hazel. You can find my natural vitamin C serum recipe here.
Have you ever used Vitamin C on your skin? Do you use a toner at home?