Astringent and toner are both water-based cleansers to remove skin residue and tighten pores, to be used after washing and before moisturizing the skin. Toners do not contain alcohol, so toners are milder and less irritating to the skin. This makes them a better choice for dry or sensitive skin. Oily and combination skin could use either, but an acne-prone skin can benefit more from an astringent.
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Let’s take a look at the ingredients we’ll be using today.
Witch hazel is a natural astringent. It can help fade bruises and blemishes. It brightens up the dark circles under your eyes. And it tightens up your pores. Super important!
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is best known for its soothing properties. And that’s the very reason why I have this in my toner. It’s anti-inflammatory, so it keeps the redness down. IT also treats acne due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. If you have an aloe vera plant, feel free to use it directly from the source! If not, this is a very good option.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Besides lavender, tea tree is one of my favorite essential oils. It helps fight against acne, and has been shown to be as effective as some of the drugstore products out there. It’s safe to apply on its own topically, so sometimes I use it to treat mosquito bites. I even use it in household cleaners because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Thank God for tea tree!
2 oz. fine mist spray bottles
I highly recommend these bottles for this toner (and other spray DIY recipes). It’s enough product to last you 4-6 months (depending on how much and how often you use it). They’re also the dark amber color which will help protect the essential oil from being exposed to sunlight. Although, if you just keep this in your bathroom cabinet, you should be fine. You might as well get a pack of 6, because you never know if you want to gift it to someone else, or create other sprays!
So let’s get to it! Recipe time!
I’d love to hear how this recipe worked for you. Please leave a comment below!
DIY facial toner
Easy 3-ingredient DIY toner!
- Thoroughly clean 2 oz fine mist spray bottle with soap and hot water. Allow it to dry completely.
- Fill bottle about 1/3 of the way with witch hazel. Fill the rest of the bottle with aloe vera gel. *Don’t fill it up all the way to the top because you need room to shake the ingredients before use.
- Add 3-5 drops of the tea tree essential oil
- Screw the spray head. Shake. And mist away! I like to spray directly on my face (with my eyes closed, of course!), and use clean hands to pat my face dry.