Cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturising the skin regularly are essential to create healthy, smooth, radiant and ageless skin. Toning is essential to get rid of open skin pores, keep dermal infections and bay and enhance skin tone and texture. Medical and cosmetic toners are used by people everywhere but a much healthier alternative are homemade toners. 12 such homemade natural skin brightening toner are:
Egg White, Honey And Lemon Juice
The three active ingredients in this toner help to cleanse the skin, reduce open pores and boosts skin tone and radiance.
In a bowl, add egg white from 1 egg, 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp lemon juice and mix well to form a dense paste. Apply this paste evenly on the face and neck and leave for 20 minutes. Then rinse off with luke warm water followed by splashing with cold water.
Cucumber Juice And Honey
This natural cleanser and toner detoxifies the skin, tightens open pores, lightens blemishes, guards the skin against sun exposure and enhances skin colour.
Peel 1 medium sized cucumber and grind in a food processor to form a thick liquid paste. Stain this paste to get cucumber juice. Mix 2 tsp of dark organic honey in the cucumber juice and apply this mixture over the face and neck. Let it dry for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off with cold water.
Tomato Juice And Honey
Tomatoes are natural astringents and honey is a natural skin soothing compound. These together combine to form an effective skin cleanser, toner and moisturiser.
Mix well 3 tbsp of tomato juice with 1 tsp of dark organic honey into a thick paste. Apply this paste evenly on the face and neck and leave for 15 minutes. Then wash the paste away with luke warm water followed by a cold water splash.
Papaya And Apple Cider Vinegar
Papaya is effective in cleaning dirt and dead cells from the skin, shrinking the size of open pores, eliminating blemishes and skin pigmentation and making the skin bright and radiant. Apple cider vinegar helps to maintain the p H balance of the skin and protect it against infections.
Peel and deseed 1 ripe papaya and then cut the flesh into small pieces. Churn these pieces into a thick paste in the food processor. Add apple cider vinegar and blend further. Then apply this mixture on the face, leave for 15 minutes and then rinse off with water. This mixture can also be stored in the refrigerator for later use.
Mint Leaves, Carrot, Cucumber And Lemon Juice
The ingredients in this toner help to tighten loose skin, eliminate dark spots and skin patches and create a brighter-looking flawless face.
Add 1 tbsp on mint leaves in a cup and pour boiling water over it. Steep to make a cup of strong mint tea. Then strain the mixture and allow the tea to cool. Then add 4 tbsp cucumber juice, 2 tbsp carrot juice and 1 tbsp lemon juice to the cold mint tea and stir well. Apply it on the face and neck, let it stay for 10 minutes and then rinse away with cold water. One can also freeze the tonner into ice cubes and rub the face with these cubes as and when required.
Aloe Vera And Lime Juice
Aloe vera and lime juice are both natural astringent and toners for the skin that help to shrink open pores, cleanse the skin, lighten skin scars and improve skin tones and texture.
In a bowl, add 2 tbsp aloe vera gel and 1 tsp lime juice and mix well to form a thick paste. Apply on the face and neck and allow it to stay for 5 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
Oatmeal, Parsley, Yogurt, Olive Oil And Lemon
The active ingredients in this natural toner cleanse and tone the skin, renders anti ageing benefits and make the skin soft, flawless, supple and bright.
Combine well in a bowl, 1 tbsp lime juice, 4 tbsp plain yogurt, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tbsp parsley (chopped) and 2 tbsp oatmeal (finely ground). Make a thick paste and spread uniformly over the face and neck. Allow it to settle for 10 minutes and then rinse off with luke warm water followed by a cold water splashing.
Cucumber And Yogurt
Cucumber and yogurt help to close open skin pores effectively and reduce skin pigmentation. It eliminates skin dullness and creates bright and glowing skin naturally.
Peel and grind 1 cucumber to form a liquid paste. Add 1/2 cup plain yogurt to the cucumber paste and stir well to make a denser paste. Apply this paste properly on the face and neck. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes and then a wash away with warm water and then cold water.
Apple Cider Vinegar And Water
An ideal natural toner for oily skin, this solution enhances skin colour, eliminates infections, shrinks open pores and makes the skin soft and radiant.
Mix 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in 2 tbsp of distilled water, dip a cotton ball in the solution and dab the wet cotton all over the face and neck. Let it dry for 15 minutes and then wash away with cold water.
Rose water is the simplest and one of the most effective natural toners. Perfect for sensitive and dry skin, rose water helps to balance the p H levels of the skin, reduce open pores, and hydrate the derma to make it soft and glowing.
Dip a cotton ball in rosewater and dab this wet cotton all over the face and neck. Let it dry for 15 minutes and then wash away with fresh water.
Lemon Juice And Witch Hazel
The witch hazel in this homemade tonner tightens the skin pores and reduces inflammations while the lemon juice helps to lightens scars and blemishes and enhances skin tone. It cleanses the pores, shrinks open pores and creates radiant skin.
Mix well 1/2 cup lemon juice, 2/3 cup witch hazel and 1 cup water in a bowl. Dip a cotton ball into this solution and dab it on a clean face and neck and wait for 15 minutes till it dries. Then wash off with cold water. Use this toner once in the morning and then again before bedtime for best results.
Basil Leaves And Water
Basil is a powerful herb that helps eliminate skin infections, cleanses the skin, reduces open pores and revitalises the skin to enhance the skin shade and the radiance.
Add 2 to 3 tsp basil leaves in a cup and pour 1 cup hot water over it. Cover with a lid and steep the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the mixture and remove the leaves. Dip a cotton ball in the residual liquid and dab the face and neck with it. Let it stay for 15 minutes and then rinse away with fresh water. Applying this toner twice a day shows visible results in no time.