Tuning up your Toner

Posted on October 9, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Do you really need a toner?  That’s a tricky question.  But if you want something to calm your skin after cleansing or something to give your skin a little tingle, toner is a must.  Since some formulas of toner (astringent, etc.) contain strong drying ingredients, it makes sense to create your toner at home to make it the right strength for your skin.  Read today’s post and learn how to Tune Up Your Toner. 

Find out about some of the little nasties hiding in your toner bottle (like boric acid) by checking out this link:  http://www.101lifestyle.com/beauty/bodycare/skin/cleanskin3.html

The strength of your toner should be compatible with your skin type.  Going from a weak solution of skin soothing herbal tea (dry/sensitive skin) to a more potent blend of astringent ingredients (oily skin) and lots of places in between.  A really easy personalized toner would be to use a herb or herb combination that is good for your skin type (check out some here:   http://www.easyhomeremedy.com/beauty_care/various_skin_type_herbal.html), make a tea or infusion with the herbs you choose and play around with the astringent ingredients — like witch hazel — to make it stronger or more mild as you like.  Below are a range of toners that have an extra bonus, like built-in moisture, and great scent.

Some toners are gentle and soothing and have ingredients that can replace a moisturizer, like this one:  http://www.smartskincare.com/tips/skinrecipe_lighten_20051129.html  Other toners use herbal anti-bacterial ingredients to help defend skin against environmental damage: http://www.skincareresourcecenter.com/toner-recipe.html

For a good strong toner that clears oily skin try this Apple Toner:  http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/AppleToner.htm

Rosemary Water Astringent is a nice fragrant combination that has ingredients to fight oilyness.  Maybe it should be strained and refrigerated in the last step, that may have been omitted in the instructions:  http://www.easyhomeremedy.com/beauty_care/rosemary_water_astringents_recipes.html

So as you can see, it is easy to tune up your toner.  Making the right strength to suit your skin type is the beauty of homemade skin care products. 

 

Resources:

http://www.ivillage.co.uk/beauty/skincare/facial/qas/0,,547687_182864,00.html

http://thebeautybrains.com/2008/07/30/whats-the-difference-between-skin-toners-and-astringents/

http://beautifulwithbrains.com/category/skincare/

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