7 DIY Toners and Astringents That May Just Be The Missing Piece In Your Skincare Routine

DIY toners made of cucumber and lemon

Before we get started with top-performing DIY toners and astringents, it is important to know the differences between these two ‘types’ of skincare products. While the terms are for the most part interchangeable, dermatologists are not keen on mixing them up.

Both astringents and toners serve to mainly regulate the pH balance of the skin, reduce oil production, and control acne, along with sometimes delivering boosting skin ingredients. Astringents are like ordinary toners, except that they’re either alcohol-based or chemical-based and not water-based. So, they can be especially helpful to shrink and close pores.

In a nutshell, astringents and toners are respectively catered towards dry and oily skin types. Marisa from has also put together a short post for this F.A.Q: What’s the Difference Between Toners and Astringents?. It’s however safe to say that the two are pretty similar for us. I’ve also put together a step-by-step guide towards using these at Exactly How To Use Toner To Instantly Brighten Up The Skin, so please read this if you aren’t completely sure with your current technique.

While there are many commercial astringents available in the market, natural variants are also plenty. These can be gentler on the skin and avoid unnecessary irritation. Let’s look at the best astringent examples for all skin types and concerns.

DIY Toners and Astringents

For Daily Use:

 Rose Water

One of the gentler options out there is rosewater, being suitable for pretty much any skin type. Rosewater is great for soothing the skin and gently nourishing it. It rarely causes any tingling sensations and is often mixed with other ingredients. I recommend this all-rounder as the perfect homemade face toner for daily use.

For Glowing Skin:

Cucumber Water

Not so widely known, but cucumber toners are mild and versatile solutions. Both dry and oily skin benefit from it and it leaves the skin revitalised.

For Acne:

Tea Tree Oil

A tea tree oil solution is highly anti-bacterial and thus serves great as an acne treatment. Also, it can reduce skin infections, speed up the healing process and prevent future breakouts. Women who have a history of struggling with acne are often aware that a homemade toner for acne isn’t the best solution. I would definitely recommend them to read 6 Homemade Face Masks For Acne: These Recipes Transformed

For Acne Scars:

Mint and Lemon

Mint and lemon when combined give rise to a strong astringent or can be used on their own as well. Unlike the others, they also promote a glowing complexion and lighten dark spots. If you’ve got hyperpigmentation, this works quite fast to treat it. A lot of water is usually needed to dilute these powerful substances.

For Combination Skin:

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV having countless benefits can be described as pretty much a ‘health drug’. Though it is commonly drunken, that is a topic for another day. When applied to the skin, it can even prevent age spots and wrinkles from occurring. If that wasn’t enough, this vinegar also heals sunburn and exfoliates.

For Oily Skin:

Witch Hazel

Commonly used with huge proportions of alcohol, witch hazel also comes in an alcohol-free version. Witch hazel is notorious for causing side effects, so it’s a good idea to do a patch test first.

For Dry Skin:

Green Tea

Many of us are aware of the cancer-fighting incredibly healthy beverage of green tea! Well, it turns out applying the exact same liquid onto your skin (when cooled) can do wonders. A green tea toner is full of antioxidants to enhance the skin’s natural texture.
I hope you enjoyed this list of homemade toners for the face! I tried my best to incorporate safe and reputable toners, which were still underrated in the skincare community.

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