There are so many benefits of using witch hazel as a toner! Add essential oils and you take it to a new level!
Toners are actually quite important to follow up with after cleansing the skin. Some people think that they are an unnecessary step or indulgence, but they are actually quite beneficial!
They help repair, restore and renew your skin.
I love to exfoliate twice a week with my homemade microdermabrasion paste and use a quenching toner everyday.
About a year ago I rediscovered witch hazel and it’s many benefits and wanted to find the best way to incorporate this toner into my regimen.
This recipe is SIMPLE to make, but what it does for your skin is oh so good! Simply add the ingredients to a jar and shake. That’s it!
Why is a toner important?
A good toner will shrink and tighten pores. It also helps to remove impurities, balance oil production and restore the skin back to its original pH.
Skin is naturally acidic, and many skin care products are more on the alkaline side. You need a quality toner to help restore natural pH, which helps skin function as it should.
If skin pH is out of balance, many skin disorders can flare out of control causing skin to be less than healthy. Audrey Kunin MD via Dr. Oz explains the importance of proper pH.
Skin care products often scare me off with their long list of unpronounceable ingredients or frightening chemicals!
I like to keep it simple and keep it healthy. After all, our skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything we put onto it.
Why use natural ingredients
Until I made my own witch hazel toner the first time, I had no idea how incredibly simple and cost effective it is to make!
You can easily make a refreshing, elegant toner at home.
And you can make one with completely natural, organic ingredients that you can pronounce, without putting any nasty chemicals on your skin.
After all, what goes on your skin, gets absorbed into your blood system.
That is why nicotine patches work so well. They are put on the skin and absorbed straight in to the blood system.
My motto: keep ingredients simple (pronounceable) and keep it healthy.
Witch Hazel Face Toner
Witch hazel has been used for centuries for its skin soothing properties. It is a wonderful light astringent that moisturizes while it cleanses.
It is used to fight acne, soothe burns, treat eczema, decrease the appearance of varicose veins, heals cuts and bruises…and the list goes on. It’s a lovely base for a toner because it is so mild.
By adding essential oils, it becomes a nourishing skin toner with added benefits that your skin will drink in and thank you for!
More witch hazel skin care benefits
- Witch hazel tightens the appearance of pores, helps fight bacteria and balances the skin’s pH.
- It is naturally anti-inflammatory and also nourishes dry skin.
- Although witch hazel does remove oils from your skin, it won’t dry it out like most store bought astringents.
- Witch Hazel is one of the most popular natural acne treatments worldwide.
- Even if you’re not acne prone or oily, your skin will love how moisturizing, refreshing and rejuvenating witch hazel is!
Choose Your Essential Oils
I almost always add Lavender Essential Oil and Frankincense Essential Oil to the witch hazel to make a nourishing anti-aging toner. But you can make any recipe using different essential oils.
Choose which essential oils suits your needs:
Tea Tree essential oil is known for its antibacterial and acne fighting qualities.
Geranium essential oil promotes beautiful & radiant skin with its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging qualities that tightens and firms skin.
Facial Toner Ingredients: Witch Hazel and Essential Oils
Witch Hazel Extract (buy my favorite here) It is high quality and has a delightful rose scent.
Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. I use it in our home for so many things- linen spray, in the diffuser, on my feet at night- and of course, for skin care!
Lavender tones and revitalizes the skin and is nourishing to all skin types. It is soothing, promotes healthy skin and generates feelings of peacefulness.
Frankincense Essential Oil – Frankincense has many powerful benefits including relieving inflammation, improving memory, fighting anxiety – and of course, for skin care!
Frankincense has anti-aging properties which helps lift and tighten skin. It also prevents wrinkles and reduces skin discoloration and imperfections. Additionally, it has been shown to improve mood and concentration.
Frankincense is slightly more expensive than other oils because… it is that good.
Frankincense probably immediately calls to mind the biblical story of the Three Wise Men and their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to baby Jesus.
It has been used all through ancient times because of it’s incredible healing qualities!
As you are spraying the toner on your face and neck, you are also getting the powerful benefits of the aroma of Lavender and Frankincense to help lift your mood as well as nourish the skin.
- 1/2 cup witch hazel extract (I use this one)
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (High quality 100% pure like this one)
- 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (High qulaity 100% pure like this one)
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- Combine all ingredients in a small glass bottle or glass spray bottle.
- Shake well to incorporate
How to use
Use morning and night after cleansing with this (natural face wash) and before moisturizing. Using a cotton ball, lightly rub the toner on your face and neck.
It can also be used as a spritzer and sprayed directly on the face and neck. I use this 4 ounce spray bottle, which can be reused for cost effectiveness.
Be sure to use a glass bottle because essential oils will eat away at plastic.
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