As you know, the skin is the largest organ of a human body. It protects you from the harmful UV rays, heat, pollution, dust, and other impurities.
All these impurities take a toll on the skin and make it look dull, dry, rough, and sensitive to skin issues like dark spots, acne, wrinkles, freckles, and hyperpigmentation.
It is extremely important to take proper care of your skin by following a skincare ritual that includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing to maintain the health of your skin. Following the ritual religiously can help you keep skin problems at bay.
Out of the three steps, many people skin-toning but it is an indispensable part of the skincare routine. Toners help your skin in:
- Restoring the pH level of the skin
- Reduce and tighten the pores
- Reduces pimples
- Provides hydration
- Detoxify the skin
You get toners readily available in the market and if you do not want to spend money on it, we have got a list of effective DIY toners.
Most toners on the list include the items that you may already have at your home. These are effective and the least expensive.
List 21 Natural Toner for Face & Skin
If you are looking for options for DIY toners, we are here to help you!
We have listed down the effective toners you can make at your home with a very few ingredients, most of them already available in your pantry.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This toner helps to balance and restore the pH level of the skin as well as improve the overall skin tone. It lightens sun tan and evens out skin complexion. This toner also helps remove dead skin, dark spots, and tightens the pore size.
It is super simple to make and can be stored for future uses as well.
Let’s see how you can make this toner:
Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 4 tablespoons of distilled water. The ratio of the mixture should be 1:2.
Combine the two and store it in a bottle. You can either spray it on your face or soak a cotton ball and pat it. Use this toner twice a day, regularly, to see the difference.
Mint is one of the most famous and refreshing herb, widely used in food, drinks as well as home remedies. You may already know the benefits of mint oil for skin and hair.
It is rich in anti-bacterial properties and menthol that makes it the best natural toner. Mint is also a common ingredient in astringents, moisturizes as well as cleaners.
It cleans the pores thoroughly and reduces the pore size to give you a younger and smoother look. If you have oily skin, the juice of mint leaves is the solution. It also contains salicylic acid which is great for pimples and acne.
This is how you make the mint leaves toner:
Wash 1 handful of mint leaves and boil it in 1 cup of water. Add 1/4th teaspoon alum to the boiled water. Strain the water and let it cool down.
Make sure to sure the toner in the fridge to keep it refreshing. Spray it on your face twice a day or you can also soak in a cotton ball and wipe it all over your face.
Hibiscus is an amazing sources of vitamin C that promotes collagen buildup for younger-looking skin. It also has detoxifying properties just like the tea tress.
It can even promote skin healing and possesses the ability to cleanse, tone, and restore the pH of the skin. Hibiscus even contains amino acids that tighten the skin without stripping off oil.
It will take more time to make this toner than other varieties but it is definitely worth it.
Here are the steps:
Boil 200 ml of water, turn off the heat, and add 3 organic hibiscus tea bags. Let it steep for around 20 minutes.
Remove the teabags and all 30 ml of witch hazel and ½ teaspoon of vitamin c powder. Transfer the fluid to a spray bottle.
Make sure to keep the bottle in a cool and dry place and use the toner within 2 weeks. If you want to use it for more than 2 weeks, refrigerate it.
Before you use it on your face, we would recommend you spray it on your neck first to ensure your skin has any sensitivity. Use the mist twice a day regularly to see the results.
Lemon juice with peppermint
As you all know lemon juice is one of the best ingredients in natural DIY skincare. It is amazing as a skin toner, especially for oily skin. The citric acid in the lemon helps lighten the suntan.
It is rich with vitamins that help tighten pores, skin orders, hyperpigmentation, and scars. It is also a natural exfoliant that peels off the top dead skin layer and provides a smooth complexion.
Here is what you need to do to make this toner:
Take a tablespoon of lemon juice, peppermint tea bag, and a cup of hot water. Steep the teabag in the hot water and let it steep for some minutes.
After you remove the tea bag from water, add lemon juice. Mix the mixture well and let it cool. Spray it on your face or use a cotton pad to wipe your face off.
This cranberry toner contains phytochemicals that are suitable for aging skin. It is super moisturizing for the skin.
It even calms down dry and irritated skin.
Here are the steps you can make it:
Take ½ cup witch hazel and add 2 tablespoons rose water and cranberry juice each and stir it well.
Pour the mixture into a clean bottle and its ready for use. Make sure to shake the bottle every time you use it. Spray it as a mist or wipe it all over your face using a cotton pad.
Aloe vera toner
It is the best skincare ingredient that provides effective relief for a number of skin conditions like severe pimples, aging skin, and extremely dry skin.
It is even used as a powerful remedy for scalp psoriasis as it possesses moisturizing properties. Applying aloe vera toner on the face can help mood out wrinkles, spots, and fine lines. it even helps restore the elasticity of the skin.
Here is what you need to do :
Slice and aloe vera leaf and take out the gel. dilute the gel with the required amount of cool water. Spray the toner on your face or apply using a cotton pad. This helps soothe rashes and sunburns as well.
Green tea and pomegranate toner
This is a superb combo power pack with natural antioxidants that rejuvenates your skin and also reduces sun damage skin redness inflammation and eye wrinkles.
It is super simple to make this toner, follow the steps mentioned below:
Steep green tea in hot water. When the tea is cooling, dilute real pomegranate juice with water in a 1:1 ratio. Throw away the tea bag and mix the green tea with the pomegranate juice and water. Shake well until everything is completely blended.
You can use this as a face mist toner or applied all over your face using a cotton ball.
Cucumber is great at giving your skin a soothing and cooling effect. It hydrates your skin like none other in the scorching summer heat.
It is a brilliant toner for oily skin. It cleanses the pores and removes excessive sebum as well as dirt from the face. It creates a perfect balance, it is not too oily nor too dry. It also helps reduce sunburn.
Here is what you need to do:
Take two-third dress cucumber and cut into small pieces. Take a cup of water into a pan and add the cucumber pieces. Place the pan on the heat for around 8 minutes until the water starts boiling.
Blend the mixture into a blender. Let it cool down and then sieve it in a spray bottle. Apply it as a mist or using a cotton pad.
Frankincense face and body mist
Frankincense oil mixed with water makes a refreshing toner. This oil is popular for anti-inflammatory properties.
When you use it at night before going to bed, you are sure to wake up with a refreshing and glowing skin.
All you need to do is mix a few drops of frankincense oil with water. You can even benefit the positives of this oil with your beauty products like body lotion, hair masks, etc. make sure to check for sensitivity before you use the oil.
Camphor with rose water
Camphor is a brilliant natural ingredient that has been used for centuries for skin and hair care. It is a homemade acne treatment that shows prompt results. Camphor soothes skin itching, redness, skin infections, and irritation.
Rose water is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and hydrating. It suits all skin types. All you need to do is:
Add a pinch of camphor in a rose water bottle and mix it well. Use it as a mist or you can even apply it using a cotton ball. This toner can be applied 3 to 4 times a day and it will help reduce open pores and excess oil.
Fennel rejuvenates the skin and also reduces inflammation. It is also known to have anti-aging effects and it is the perfect ingredient for a DIY toner. Here is what you need:
Puree 2 raw fennel bulbs. Mix it with 2 sprigs of thyme and sufficient water, that makes a liquid consistency. Boil the mixture in a saucepan.
Turn off the heat and then add a few drops of lemon juice. Let the mixture steep in for 15-20 minutes. Strain out the lumps and let it cool. Apply the toner with a cotton ball. The toner stays fresh in the fridge for 10 days.
Ice cold water
To your surprise, ice-cold water also works as a toner. It helps tighten the skin and close the pores. It also helps rejuvenate the skin.
You can either dip a cotton pad in ice-cold water and rub it all over your face or you can also directly rub an ice cube.
Witch hazel toner
Witch hazel is amazing at cleansing pores, preventing breakouts, and removing makeup. Post-workout, you can wipe your face and neck with witch hazel and aloe.
Here is what you need:
Take a cup of witch hazel and ½ a cup of dried roses in a jar having a lid. Let it sit for around 2 weeks. The longer it sits, the better the infusion. When you want to make the face pads, strain out the rose. The witch hazel turns reddish.
Add a part aloe to 3 parts of witch hazel and mix it together. You can even add a few drops of essential oil of your choice. For example, a tea tree is an ideal choice for oily and acne-prone skin and 1 drop will be sufficient.
Heap your face pads in a jar and put the mixture into it. Soak the pads for an hour at least. If you wish to keep it for a long time. Refrigerate them.
Raw mango seed toner
Regular use of raw mango seed toner can help you get rid of acne, scars, and pimples. It also helps improve skin tone and has an anti-aging effect.
Vitamin C in the mangoes helps rest down collagen. It is also one of the best ways to reduce hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and freckles.
All you need to do is:
Take out the seeds from a few mangoes. Put it in a bowl with 3-4 cups of water and boil for half an hour.
Let it cool down and then sieve it. Use this toner after you cleanse your face every time.
Rose water toner
This toner works brilliantly for sensitive skin people as it won’t dry it out. It possesses powerful antioxidants that refresh and renews the skin.
The steps are super simple and here is all you need:
Take ½ cup rose water ( make one at home or use a store bought rose water) and combine with ½ cup witch hazel (alcohol-free). Also, mix 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Mix the ingredients well and transfer it into a sealed container.
Make sure to clean your face before applying the toner to make the most of it. Ensure to moisturize it later.
Chamomile toner is one of the best for dry and damaged skin. It provides deep nourishment and helps to keep the skin healthy.
It also helps reduce dark circles and eye bags. Chamomile flowers have been used for centuries as a traditional medicine to help treat various skin disorders. It helps treat dry skin by moisturizing and cleaning from inside. It even calms down skin irritation and sunburn.
Here are the steps to make a chamomile toner at home:
Boil 100 ml of water and steep a chamomile tea bag in it. Wait for 5 minutes and after it cools down a little, apply it on the face and neck.
Keep it on the skin for 20 minutes so that soaks into the skin and wash off your face with plain water. Do this every day, once a day.
Honey Chamomile toner
The chamomile in the toner helps soothe and calm sensitive skin and honey helps in moisturizing it. Honey draws moisture to the skin and helps maintain it. This toner is very helpful in the dry and hot climate.
This toner also includes apple cider vinegar, thus if you have super sensitive skin that is prone to dryness, then use a very little quantity of ACV.
Here is what you need:
Take freshly boiled 1 cup of water in a container and add 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes. Remove the tea and sieve the solids.
Then add 1 teaspoon honey and 2-6 tablespoons vinegar and stir well until dissolved. Pour the liquid into the bottle and spray it directly or on your face and use a cotton swab.
Lemon juice toner
This toner works amazingly well for oily skin and the citric acid in it also helps in lightening sun tan. Lemon is power-packed with skin-friendly vitamins that lighten age spots, help treat skin disorders, hyperpigmentation, and scars.
Lemon juice also possesses anti-bacterial properties that help in curing acne and pimples. It is also a natural exfoliant that mildly peels the top-most layer of the dead skin and gives you an even complexion.
The recipe is super simple and all you need to do is:
Squeeze the lemon juice and apply it on the face directly. Leave it for 10 minutes and wash it off with plain water.
Remember if you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with water and then apply it.
White vinegar and rose water
White vinegar is a natural skin toner for sensitive skin that is prone to rashes, inflammation, allergies, and infections. It reduces excess oil and sebum production and gives your skin a smooth appearance.
It also helps in reducing acne causing bacteria and thus prevent breakouts. The rose water in the toner helps soothe your skin and gives it a refreshed look.
This is what you need to do:
Add one tablespoon of white vinegar in a bottle of pure rose water and you are good to go! Use this toner as a mist or wipe your face using a cotton swab after each wash.
If you have acne-prone skin, this toner is the best for you. Neem toner helps reduce skin rashes, infections, inflammation, and allergies.
It also helps moisturize dry skin and maintain the skin cell structure. It is also the perfect remedy to treat ringworm, all thanks to its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
The process of making this neem toner is as follow:
Clean a handful of neem leaves with plain water and put them into a container of 1 cup boiling water. Cover the lid while the leaves are boiling in the water.
Remove the container from heat and allow it to cool down. Filter the liquid into a container and keep it in the refrigerator. Spray this toner on the face or wipe off your face with a cotton swab twice a day after cleansing your face. This will help keep your skin bacteria-free.
Green tea toner
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and possesses anti-inflammatory properties which makes it suitable for anti-aging.
It helps in reducing sun damage and eye wrinkles. It also helps in calming down your skin.
All you need to do is:
Brew 1 cup of green tea and allow it to cool down, that’s it, the toner is ready! Use this toner the way you want (face mist or cotton) after cleansing your face.
Now that you have multiple DIY toners recipe ready, be sure to include them in your skin care routine. We have tried to include toners for most skin concerns like acne, wrinkles, dehydration, etc.