Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe
Don’t let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin’s unpredictability with this homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe! This homemade facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin’s PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.
Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner
Skin care can be complicated especially when you have no idea what your skin is doing. Combination skin, especially, can be confusing. And, as you age, maturing skin does all kinds of craziness too.
Because I have maturing, combination skin prone to hormonal breakouts, I needed a good toner that would tackle dryness, balance my oily t-zone and help prevent acne. All without drying out my skin in the process. So I came up with this homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe to do just that!
My homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe contains several key ingredients to get the job done and get it done right! It’s made with rooibos tea, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, calendula hydrosol, jojoba oil, a blend of natural essential oils and witch hazel extract. (I specifically used the witch hazel extract from Mountain Rose Herbs as it’s double distilled and only contains 14% alcohol for a more soothing product without the sting of store bought witch hazel.)
Why Rooibos Tea?
It’s been shown in studies that rooibos tea is able to sooth and help diminish a variety of skin conditions including eczema and acne when applied topically. In addition, as it is rich in superoxide dismutase – an enzyme necessary for the production of healthy skin cells – rooibos tea has also been found effective in fighting the appearance of aging.
Rooibos tea is also hypoallergenic, meaning it won’t irritate sensitive skin. And because it has natural antibacterial properties, applying rooibos tea to skin can both help to fight acne as well as aid in alleviating bacterial skin infections.
Ready to try this amazing homemade moisturizing facial toner? You can find my natural manuka & rooibos tea facial toner recipe below!
Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe
This moisturizing facial toner recipe is make with Rooibos tea and manuka essential oil as key ingredients.
© Rebecca D. Dillon
2 oz. brewed rooibos tea
1 oz. witch hazel extract
1 oz. Bragg’s unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 oz. calendula hydrosol
12 mL polysorbate 80
2 mL jojoba oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) manuka essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) lavender essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) lemongrass essential oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil
You’ll begin by brewing the rooibos tea for this recipe. To do so, place one teaspoon of rooibos tea into a disposable tea filter then pour 4 oz. of boiling filtered (or distilled) water over the tea bag. Allow to steep for five minutes, remove the tea bag, then cool the tea to room temperature.
Once the rooibos tea has cooled, measure out the rooibos tea, witch hazel extract, apple cider vinegar and calendula hydrosol and pour into a medium glass bowl.
Then, using a fresh graduated transfer pipette for each remaining ingredient, measure out and add the jojoba oil, polysorbate 80, and the essential oils. The polysorbate will cause a gel like mass in the bowl.
Simply mix well with a whisk to dissolve the gel. Keep whisking until your homemade moisturizing facial toner is once again liquid.
Now divide your homemade moisturizing facial toner between two 2 oz. amber PET Boston round bottles with a smooth black fine mist sprayer. Then label as desired for personal use. (You can find the same bottles with sprayers that I used at SKS Bottle & Packaging.)
If desired or for long term storage, I recommend also adding a preservative such as Phenoxyethanol to your homemade moisturizing facial toner once you’ve mixed all of the ingredients together and prior to pouring into your containers.
To use, spritz onto face after cleansing and gently massage into skin. Follow with a facial serum or your favorite moisturizer or day cream. (You can learn how to make your own hyaluronic acid serum here. Or you may also be interested in my anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream recipe, my coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe and my anti-aging night cream recipe.)
If you like my manuka & rooibos tea homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe, then you may also like my foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe. My foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties. You can find the recipe here.
Alternately, you may also like my foaming oat body scrub recipe. My foaming oat body scrub recipe is suitable for all skin types, including normal and oily skin. It’s homemade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil and makes a great substitute for your body wash. You can find that recipe here.
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