This article will explore how to make a homemade facial toner using green tea and witch hazel. By combining the benefits of these two ingredients, you can create a toner that helps to balance the skin’s pH, reduce inflammation, and leave your skin looking and feeling refreshed. You will also add lavender essential oil to this toner, which can help soothe and calm the skin.
There has been a fast growing trend towards using natural ingredients in skincare products in recent years, and for a good reason. Not only are natural ingredients often gentler on the skin, but they can also provide a range of health benefits.
One such ingredient is green tea, used for centuries in traditional medicine and skincare. Green tea is rich in various antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an perfect choice for those looking to improve the health and appearance of their skin.
Another natural ingredient commonly used in skincare is witch hazel, derived from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub. Witch hazel is a natural astringent, meaning that it can help to tone and tighten your skin, making it an effective ingredient in facial toners.
So if you’re curious in creating your own natural skincare products, read on to learn how to make this green tea and witch hazel toner and enjoy the benefits of these natural ingredients for your skin.
Recipe of Green Tea and Witch Hazel Toner
- 1/2 cup brewed green tea,
- 1/2 cup witch hazel,
- 5 drops lavender essential oil (optional).
- Brew the green tea: In a small pot, heat 1 cup of water until it begins to boil. Remove the pot from heat and add one green tea bag. Let the tea steep for 5-10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
- Prepare the witch hazel infusion: In a small jar, add 1/2 cup of witch hazel bark or leaves (available at health food stores) and pour 1 cup of boiling water over the herbs.
- Let the mixture steep for at least 30 minutes or until it has cooled to room temperature. Strain the herbs from the liquid and discard them.
- Combine the ingredients: In a clean glass jar, combine the brewed green tea and the witch hazel infusion.
- You can also add 5 drops of lavender essential oil, which can help calm and soothe the skin.
- Shake well: Shake the mixture well to combine the ingredients.
Instructions for Use the Toner of Green Tea and Witch Hazel
- Cleanse your face: Before using toner, clean your face with a soft cleanser and pat dry.
- Apply the toner: Using a cotton pad, apply the toner to your face, avoiding the eye area. You can also use a clean spray bottle to spray the toner onto your face.
- Let dry: Allow toner to dry completely before applying any other skincare or makeup.
- Store the toner: Store the toner in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It can be stored for up to one month.
- Note: If you have sensitive skin, you may need to do a patch-test first to ensure the toner does not irritate your skin. Also, if you notice any signs of irritation or allergic reaction, stop using the toner immediately.
Overall, this green tea and witch hazel toner can help to reduce inflammation and redness, balance the skin’s pH, and leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
The toner in this recipe is more suitable for oily or normal skin prone to oiliness.
Some other homemade green tea face toners
- Green Tea and Lemon Toner: Mix 1 cup of brewed green tea with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply to the face’s skin with a cotton ball and rinse off after 10-15 minutes.
- Green Tea and Rosewater Toner: Mix 1/2 cup of brewed green tea with 1/2 cup of rosewater. Apply to the face’s skin with a cotton ball and allow to dry before applying moisturizer.
- Green Tea and Cucumber Toner: Blend 1/2 cup of brewed green tea with 1/2 cup of chopped cucumber until smooth. Apply to the face’s skin with a cotton ball and rinse off after 10-15 minutes.
- Green Tea and Rice Water Toner: Mix 1 cup of brewed green tea with 1/2 cup of rice water (the water leftover from rinsing rice before cooking). Apply to your face’s skin with a cotton ball and allow to dry before applying moisturizer.
These toners all use green tea as a base, but with the addition of other ingredients, you can customize your toner to suit your specific skincare needs.