5 Homemade Facial Toners to Get Your Skin in Great Condition

When you opt to make your own natural facial toners at home, you avoid the risks of any allergies and side effects caused by synthetic and artificial ingredients that alter the pH balance of your skin.
5 Homemade Facial Toners to Get Your Skin in Great Condition

Last update: 28 July, 2022

Today there are many things that can negatively affect the appearance and health of the skin. That’s why a good skincare regimen is so important. Today, we’ll share with you some easy facial toners that you can make at home.

These toners can help fight aging, laxness, and other skin problems. According to a study from the University of Sevilla, these toners are also safe for your skin. They are free of chemicals and made from natural products like carrot, cucumber, lemon, or vinegar.

Why should you use facial toners?

As the years go by, you must become aware of the things required to care for your skin if you want to keep it from looking lifeless, wrinkled, saggy, or blemished.

Although lots of people use moisturizers to hydrate their skin every day, many of them forget that there’s a fundamental first step: facial toner.

A woman with hands made of water touching her face.

You should use a facial toner twice a day:

  • When you wake up: after you wash and rinse your face with cold water, but before you moisturize.
  • At night: before going to bed.

It’s very important that you choose a natural toner, like the ones in today’s article, that’s free of alcohol and other ingredients that are too aggressive for the skin.

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5 homemade facial toners

1. Carrots

Facial toners can be made from carrot.
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You can usually find this toner in stores and supermarkets that sell natural skin care products.

In addition to applying carrot toner topically, drinking carrot juice in the mornings has great benefits for your physical health.

2. Cucumber and lemon

Facial toners can be made from cucumber lemonade.

Blend a medium-sized cucumber with half a lemon.

Cucumber, which has a high water content, is very refreshing. It 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 vinegar

For this simple homemade toner, all you need is some high-quality apple cider vinegar that’s unpasteurized and organic, so it retains all of its vitamins and minerals.

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 skin with lifeless appearance. Consequently, this could be an ideal part of your skincare regimen. That being said, a study from the Nutrition Department at Arizona State University recommends skepticism when it comes to claims about the uses of apple cider vinegar, as there isn’t enough scientific evidence to back them up.


  • Mix one part apple cider vinegar with four parts of water.

4. Rosewater

Two hands in a bowl of rosewater.

Rosewater is the distilled liquid that’s extracted from the petals of the flower.

According to a study from Kyung Hee University, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help close your pores, eliminate excess water, and diminish the redness of dilated capillaries.

See also: 8 foods for clear skin


Facial toner made from rosemary is an ancient beauty remedy because this medicinal plant helps improve circulation and the appearance of the skin.  A study from Paulista State University (Brazil) confirms this.

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.

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The contents of this publication are for informational purposes only. At no time can they serve to facilitate or replace the diagnoses, treatments, or recommendations of a professional. Consult with your trusted specialist if you have any doubts and seek their approval before beginning any procedure.