Four Homemade Toners to Refresh Your Skin Every Day

Take advantage of the properties of natural ingredients to make your own homemade toners and take care of your skin. They're easy to prepare and you can use ingredients you have on hand!
Four Homemade Toners to Refresh Your Skin Every Day
Karla Henríquez

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Facial toners have become one of the best ways to keep skin healthy and flawless. Applying them daily regulates the production of facial oil and helps clean pores.

For several years, there have been numerous products on the market for every skin type. However, there are many homemade recipes for people who prefer using 100% natural products.

Skin toners are easy to make and don’t require expensive or harmful ingredients. In fact, some are the everyday items that are inside your pantry. Why should they be included in your skincare routine? How can you make them at home? Find out what their benefits are and give them a try.

Benefits of using facial toners

A woman applying some toners to her face.

Toners are applied after washing your face and before moisturizing it. Their purpose is to help tighten pores, purify the skin and prepare it for the application of moisturizer. However, other benefits are also attributed to it, although they aren’t 100% proven:

  • Regulate facial skin pH after your usual cleaning routine
  • Refreshes skin and controls it’s shine
  • Regulates the production of oil without drying your skin
  • Contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that reduce the risk of premature aging
  • Minimizes pores and reduce the number of blackheads.
  • Preps the skin for the benefits of other products (lotions, creams, or masks)

Make refreshing homemade toners at home

There are many natural ingredients that work well as a facial toner. Its astringent effects along with their antioxidants leave the skin refreshed, firm, and moisturized. So, try them out!

1. Apple cider vinegar toner

A bottle of apple cider vinegar.

There is no evidence to support the safety and efficacy of apple cider vinegar on the skin. However, as long as it is applied diluted in water, it’s generally safe to use. In general, anecdotal data suggests that it helps reduce excess oil on the skin, leaving a fresher appearance.


  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ c. of water


  • Dilute the apple cider vinegar in half a cup of water and put it in the refrigerator


  • Once the mixture is very cold, dip a cotton ball in the toner and massage into the skin on your face
  • Let sit until it’s well absorbed and rinse off
  • If you notice any unfavorable reaction, rinse with plenty of cold water and discontinue use

2. Chamomile toner

Chamomile flowers have compounds that are beneficial to the skin. In fact, a study published in Molecular Medicine Reports suggests that it’s a good supplement against irritations, including sunburn, rashes and sores.


  • 2 tbsp. of chamomile flowers
  • ½ c. of water


  • Firstly, add the chamomile flowers to a cup of boiling water and cover
  • Then, let it sit for 10 minutes and strain
  • Put the infusion in the refrigerator until it gets very cold


  • Firstly, moisten your face with the toner using a spray bottle or cotton pad
  • Then, let it absorb into your skin and rinse. Use twice a day.

3. Rose toner

Some rose oil to make toners.

There are many cosmetic products that contain rose extracts. This recipe is 100% natural and produces an astringent, hypoallergenic, and antioxidant toner.



  • Firstly, add the rose petals to the cup of water and bring to a boil
  • Then, put the heat to low and let the mixture steep for 10 minutes
  • Next, let it sit until reaching room temperature and then strain


  • When the toner has cooled down, apply it to your face and massage until it’s well absorbed
  • Then, let it sit without rinsing it off and use it every night after removing your makeup

4. Cucumber toner

Cucumber is one of the best foods you can include in your skincare routine. According to a review published in the magazine Fitoterapia, it’s an ingredient rich in antioxidants, water and vitamins and minerals. In addition, it’s used to combat skin irritations and soothe sunburn.


  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ c. of water


  • Firstly, cut half a cucumber and remove the seeds
  • Then, blend the seedless cucumber with the water
  • Once the lumps have disappeared, place in the refrigerator


  • Firstly, dip a cotton pad in the toner and gently massage onto your face
  • Then, let your skin absorb it and don’t rinse it off
  • Finally, use twice a day or as needed

Does your skin feel oily and sticky? Prepare these tonics yourself and see the positive effect they have on your skin. However, if you’re suffering from any facial problem, such as acne or dermatitis, be sure to consult your trusted dermatologist. Only they’ll be able to indicate the corresponding treatment.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • Srivastava JK, Shankar E, Gupta S. Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future. Mol Med Rep. 2010;3(6):895–901. doi:10.3892/mmr.2010.377
  • Lee MH, Nam TG, Lee I, et al. Skin anti-inflammatory activity of rose petal extract (Rosa gallica) through reduction of MAPK signaling pathway. Food Sci Nutr. 2018;6(8):2560–2567. Published 2018 Oct 25. doi:10.1002/fsn3.870
  • Mukherjee, P. K., Nema, N. K., Maity, N., & Sarkar, B. K. (2013, January). Phytochemical and therapeutic potential of cucumber. Fitoterapia.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.