Today there are many things that can negatively affect the appearance and health of the skin: having a poor diet, air pollution, excessive exposure to the sun, dehydration, commercial cosmetic products, and more.
In today’s article we’ll tell you how you can fight the signs of aging, sagging skin, and other skin problems using these excellent homemade facial toners that are chemical-free, made from natural products like carrot, cucumber, lemon, or vinegar.
Why should you use facial toners?
As the years pass you must become aware of the things required to care for your skin if you want to avoid it looking lifeless, wrinkled, saggy, or blemished.
Although lots of people use moisturizer to hydrate their skin every day, many of them forget that there’s a fundamental first step: facial toner.
You should use a facial toner twice a day:
- After you wash and rinse your face with cold water, but before you moisturize.
- At night, before going to bed. First you’ll remove any makeup and then apply the toner. If you want, you can moisturize your skin a second time.
It’s very important that you choose a natural toner that’s free of alcohols and other ingredients that are aggressive to the skin. These compounds can alter your natural pH, allowing toxic substances to enter your skin through the pores, and eventually cause your face to look the opposite of what you had hoped.
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CarrotsIf you want to go out in the sun to get a little color the healthy way, you can use this toner made with carrots, which will help protect your skin from damaging UV rays while giving you beta carotene to provide a more flattering and homogeneous skin tone.
It’s best to consider carrots as a “double” treatment, both internally and externally.
Every morning before breakfast you should enjoy a carrot smoothie, and apply some of that same juice to your skin.
Cucumber and lemonThis 100% natural homemade toner is ideal for combined oral and topical treatment, which will result in getting the maximum benefits.
Blend a medium sized cucumber with half a lemon. Avoid peeling either if they’re organic.
Cucumber, which has a high water content, is very refreshing and also cleans and soothes the skin of the face. This can be quite useful when you wake up with puffy eyelids or inflamed skin.
Lemon is a great natural cleanser, ideal for people suffering from acne, dark spots, or blemishes.
Apple cider vinegarThis simple toner is a secret that some women have been using for decades.
All you need is some high quality apple cider vinegar that’s unpasteurized and organic, so it retains all of its vitamins and minerals. This toner is not only inexpensive, it’s incredibly nutritious for your skin.
Vinegar is an acidic ingredient, and the skin of your face also has a slightly acidic pH (between 4.2 and 5.6). You must retain that acidity if you want to prevent dry or lifeless looking skin.
- Mix one part apple cider vinegar with four parts water.
- The vinegar smell will dissipate after a few minutes.
Rose water is the distilled liquid that’s extracted from the petals of the flower. Its aroma is intoxicating, very romantic, and feminine. It also happens to provide firmness and vitality to your skin!
The astringent properties of rose water shrink your pores, remove excess oil, and reduce any redness. This toner also balances, refreshes, and softens your skin.
You can find rose water in health food stores or Asian markets.
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RosemaryToner made from rosemary is an ancient beauty remedy because this medicinal plant helps improve circulation and the appearance of the skin.
You can prepare it in two different ways:
- Chop some fresh rosemary and mix it with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water.
- Mix two teaspoons (10 ml) of water with 15 drops of rosemary essential oil.
Always stir the mixture well before applying, and it’s best to use a small spray bottle.