If your beauty regime consists of cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturising and the occasional face mask, then you’ve probably already noticed that things can get a bit heavy on your pocket – particularly around this time of year.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a huge amount of cash to find a toner that you’re happy with. You can use the very ingredients you have in your kitchen to make a facial toner that’ll do the job for just a fraction of the price!
Here are a few recipes you might like to try out. Bear in mind that not all of these will be effective and you just have to find the right one for your skin!
Mix 3 spoons of tomato juice with 1 spoon of raw honey to make a thick paste. Dab the mixture onto your cleansed face and then remove after 10 minutes.
Benefits: raw honey helps absorb impurities from the pores of your skin while tomato juice helps shrink the pores.
Put a ripe papaya in a blender with some apple cider vinegar. Apply it on your face for 8 minutes and then remove it. This recipe is great for those with dry skin.
Benefits: the acids in apple cider vinegar act as a natural skin exfoliators by digesting dead skin cells, while the papaya helps remove skin discolouration.
Squeeze ¼ of a fresh lemon into a bowl and add one teaspoon of water to this. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash it off before applying your moisturiser.
Benefits: lemon juice helps your skin appear more vibrant. It has antibacterial properties which can help reduce acne too.
Vinegar & rose water
Mix two spoons of apple cider vinegar with two spoons of rose water. Use a cotton pad to apply the mixture onto your cleansed face. You will feel immediately refreshed after using this toner, it works well for those who are prone to acne.
Benefits: the acids in apple cider vinegar act as a natural skin exfoliator by digesting dead skin cells, while the mild astringent properties in rose water help remove excess skin oils.
Cucumber with curd
Grate a fresh cucumber in a bowl and then add 100g of curd to it. Mix it up and apply it on your cleansed face for about 8 minutes. Keep the remained in the fridge if you want to reuse it. This toner in particular works well for oily types.
Benefits: the water content in the cucumbers help flush out toxins in the skin, while the curd helps brighten the skin and take away any dullness.
Boil about a litre of water and the pour it over mint leaves. Let the leaves sit in the water for 15 minutes and then strain this mixture into a jar. Allow it to cool down before using cotton pads to apply it to your skin.
Benefits: mint can help reduce the appearance or large pores. The longer you leave the leaves in the water, the better!
Ice cold water
Now we’re back to the basics! You can tone your face with a splash of ice cold water if you don’t have time to put something together. If you want to take things a step further, you could always put one ice cube in a bowl of water and then use that water to tone your face!
Benefits: splashing cold water on the face tightens up the skin and temporarily reduces the size of your pores.
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