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Finding a natural skincare routine can be difficult. It often leads to weird things like washing your face with olive oil or making a yogurt mask.
It can be difficult to find natural alternatives to some of your favorite conventional products, but this recipe is one that made the switch easy!
How to Make a DIY Natural Witch Hazel Toner Recipe
I never really understood the purpose of a facial toner until I had kids and occasionally had skin that was a mix of dry and oily at the same time.
My confused skin was difficult to take care of as I needed something to help balance my skin’s oil production.
I found that a toner vastly improved my skin tone almost immediately and realized there were several reasons for this:
- Skin is naturally acidic, but many skin care products are more alkaline. A quality toner can help restore your skin’s natural pH.
- Facial toners can also help shrink pores and balance oil production.
- When used under makeup, toners can provide a protective barrier on the skin to prevent impurities in makeup from penetrating the skin.
Natural ingredients of the facial toner: vitamin C and witch hazel
I chose the ingredients of this toner carefully.
Witch hazel benefits
Witch hazel, an extract from the leaves and bark of the Hamamelis virginiana shrub, has a long history of use, especially in skin care. Many use it successfully as a natural remedy for hemorrhoids, burns, and other skin irritations.
It is naturally anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, making it excellent for helping reduce the appearance of acne, redness, and skin irritation. It helps retain moisture, making it a good choice for oily and dry skin, and is high in tannins that reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Benefits of vitamin C
Vitamin C helps tighten the skin and maintain its natural pH. Many high-end skin products (which cost hundreds of times more than this homemade toner) use vitamin C (often synthetic) for this purpose. Vitamin C is also important internally, but topical vitamin C provides many more benefits for the skin.
IMPORTANT: Vitamin C is an acid, and while your skin likes a slightly acidic environment, too much too quickly can create irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. You can add up to 3 times more vitamin C than I include in this recipe, but start slowly and work to find the perfect balance for your skin. Over time, you can add a little more vitamin C, but don’t exceed 1.5 tsp.
Tips for successful homemade facial toner
This recipe produces a small amount of facial toner, and this is important. Although you could easily double the recipe, it would not be as effective.
Vitamin C breaks down over time. I prefer to do whatever I need to do for a week at a time and store it in the fridge for a refreshing toner to use after washing my face.
You don’t need to keep this refrigerated, but a little extends its useful life. Either way, keep it away from sunlight and heat.
Witch hazel tonic recipe
Make this gentle and cleansing natural witch hazel toner with an antioxidant vitamin C booster.
Combine all ingredients in a small glass bottle, spray bottle, or dropper bottle.
Shake well to incorporate.
Use it after washing your face every day. Apply with a cloth or cotton.
Or, make vitamin C serum instead!
If you have very dry skin or don’t want to use witch hazel, you can use food grade glycerin instead of witch hazel. This will produce a serum instead of a tonic. Either one must be prepared in small batches and often because vitamin C oxidizes very quickly.
Have you ever made your own witch hazel tonic? Give it a try and let me know what you think!
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