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I’m not quite in the habit of making my own skincare and cosmetics (yet!), but have been using this facial toner over the past few weeks, as we’ve had some sunny, hot days here in the Bay Area and my pores needed a little calming down. I had to share this because, once again, it’s so easy!

how to make facial toner

The ingredients are aloe vera juice (purchased at Trader Joe’s) and water, so really it’s the aloe vera juice doing the magic here. We all know aloe to be the cure-all for sun burns and cuts, right? Turns out, those anti-inflammatory properties of aloe can be applied to oily skin as well. It’s basically an astringent, helping to close clogged pores. I’ve also read that aloe promotes collagen formation in the skin, which can only be a good thing for my sleep-deprived and sun-worshipping face.

The recipe is 5 parts aloe vera juice to 2 parts water. I used a shot glass to make it easy.

making facial toner

Combine together is a bottle (or spray bottle for that refreshing mist effect), and keep in a cool place.

using homemade facial toner

I apply after a hot day or workout.

facial toner usage

Let me know if you try this out, and what you think! I’m thinking you could add some light essential oils to this concoction like lemon.

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7 Comments

7 Responses to Homemade Facial Toner

  1. Jenny says:

    Hi Becca!

    I also use moistened green tea bags after I’ve steeped my tea as a toner to calm inflammation. Green tea might be a great addition to this toner recipe.

    I absolutely love your blog! I’ve begun making more foods from scratch and LOVE your almond butter recipe. I can’t wait to try some of the others! Hopefully I’ll get to come out to SF soon to hear some of your tips in person!

  2. becca says:

    Jenny! Thanks for chiming in – green tea is a great idea! I’ll definitely need to try that.

    Let me know what recipes you are trying :) xo!

  3. HintOfKizzle says:

    Yeh, I’ve been making more and more stuff at home too because I find that it’s quite easy — and much cheaper than expected! Not to mention, healthier because I know exactly what is going into my concoctions. So I’m really enjoying this blog as well!

    Out of curiosity, though, is this toner good for all skin types? My skin tends toward the dry side. And since I live in the PacNW, I hardly have a problem with sun damage. Lol!

    Is there a philosophy behind creating a toner? For example, I have a store bought rose & tulsi (holy basil) toner in my bathroom, but it doesn’t show the ingredients. My skin really likes it so I’d like to make my own home version. I was wondering if there’s a method you recommend I try based on your experience?

    One last thing (ha ha…another suggestion!)…I’ve discovered a simple means for calming my skin: a cold rag pressed against my face after a (hot) shower. Usually when I get done with the shower, I take a wash cloth with cupped hands and run super cold water into my hands and bring both up to my face a few times. It’s really refreshing and makes my skin look bright! And I think it cuts down on rosacea (although, rosacea has been linked to an overgrowth of the bad bacteria in your digestive tract; so the cold rag method is merely a band-aid).

    Ok, keep up the good work! And thanks for trying this stuff out for us! :D

  4. becca says:

    Hey Nicole!

    I agree with you that it’s important to know what ingredients are in the products you put on your skin (your largest organ)!

    This toner is really for more oily skin types, so it sounds like it’s not the best recipe for your skin. As far as toner philosophy, that’s a pool I’m just beginning to dip my toe into so you may be able to educate me a bit more. I think you should be creating toners that a moisturizing component in them, that will sill maintain astringent properties. Argan or pomegranate seed oil immediately pop into my mind – perhaps adding several drops of those into some distilled water or witch hazel combined with calming cucumber? I’ll keep researching!

    LOVE the cold rag suggestion, I’m doing that tonight! Thanks for all your input, I love it so much.

  5. HintOfKizzle says:

    Ok, I’m looking forward to your other toner recipes! I’ll see if I can get my hands on the oils and cucumber – I think I have witch hazel around here somewhere!

  6. What if I use Aloe Vera Gel? Same thing right?

  7. becca says:

    Not quite the same. The juice comes from green leaf part of the plant, while the gel is from the inner “gel” part of the leaf. The consistency of the juice is not as thick as the gel as well.

    You could try using the gel, but might need to give it a proper shake to give it a nice toner consistency.

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