A good facial care routine includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. While there is a great amount of resources online which tell you about how to make your own cleansers and moisturizers, not too much dwell on how to make toners. This is the most commonly forgotten part of a facial care routine and this shouldn’t be the case!
What Are Toners for?
Toners help in cleansing the skin by reaching deeper into the pores. After being able to lift whatever other dirt is left behind by the cleansing stage, toners close the pores—making them less vulnerable to trapping dirt and other bacteria which may lead to pimples.
Toners are particularly helpful for males who have bigger pores and women who tend to have opened pores at certain times of the month. These toning products can minimize the size of the pores and can contribute to having smoother-looking skin with less visible open pores. With the use of toners, having blackheads as well as white heads trapped in open pores can also be avoided.
The goal of toners is to tighten the face and help lessen bacteria caught in pores as well as oil production. Did you know that you can make your own homemade toners and pore tightening masks?
Ingredients for Homemade Toners and Masks
Try out the following natural ingredients you can use as your homemade toner in liquid or mask form:
- Ice – This is a classic yet effective toning option. Especially applicable before applying makeup and to reduce acne pain and inflammation, you can use an ice cube all over your face until it melts completely.
- Water and white vinegar – Mix equal parts of organic white vinegar and water. Keep it in an airtight bottle and use whenever needed by applying some of the homemade toner to your skin using a cotton pad.
- Rosewater and camphor – Rosewater is a great natural skin care ingredient which when combined with just a little bit of camphor can act as a wonderful toner. You can even use this mild toner thrice a day for maximum effects.
- Lemon juice – Another classic when it comes to cleansing and toning the skin, lemon juice and the citric acid it contains tightens the pores. Dab on lemon juice and leave it there for about 5-10 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Remove sooner if you experience a stinging pain.
- Apple and honey – Blend one whole apple with a teaspoon of honey until you get the consistency of a thick paste. You can use this as a toning mask and leave this on for 5-10 minutes and this can be used every day.
- Cucumber – Blend a whole cucumber until you have a frothy consistency. Apply it on your face and leave it on for about 10 minutes for tighter and fresher facial skin.
- Chamomile tea – Allow chamomile tea to infuse in hot water for about 10 minutes before using the same cooled liquid as your toner. Take a cotton ball and dip it in the tea and apply the water as you normally would a store-bought toner.
These homemade toners and pore tightening masks can lessen your visible pore and can contribute to fewer acne breakouts!