For oily acne prone skin apple cider vinegar (ACV) is the best toner as its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties along with nutrients and malic acid of apples heal and nourish skin by restoring its natural pH level. Dilute one part raw ACV with 3 parts water. Dab the mixture with a cotton ball gently twice a day. Within few days the effects will be noticeable- Pore size reduces and skin tone looks more even and glowing.
NOTE– For sensitive skin you can dilute ACV with more water if needed or reduce usage to once a day as acetic acid may irritate sensitive skin and cause redness.
Cucumber juice is known for its cooling and soothing properties. Its consistent usage treats sunburns and heat rashes. Grate a fresh cucumber, squeeze out the juice by pressing grated cucumber with your hands. Apply evenly on face with a cotton ball. Let the juice stay for at least 30 minutes. You can also mix rose water to enhance coolant effect or few drops of lemon juice if your skin is very oily.
Ice cubes are my favorite when it comes to instantly tone skin and reduce redness of a zit. Rub an ice cube all over the face for 10 minutes within half an hour you’ll notice even and glowing complexion. You can make green tea or fruit infused ice cubes too for additional benefits. Simply washing your face with chilled water after cleansing also helps in shrinking pores and skin firming.
Lemon juice is antibacterial and contains citric acid, which cuts through dirt, oil and bacteria. Rose water has cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. Together they make a great natural astringent. Squeeze out fresh lemon juice. Add equal quantity of rose water and shake the mixture well. Dip a cotton ball into it, gently apply on face. You can leave it overnight too. Add few drops of glycerin to make it a toner moisturizer. You can also rub lemon peel on blemishes and scars directly.
NOTE– Lemon can make skin sensitive to sun rays. Do not go out in sun after applying this toner. Always wear a sunscreen.
Green tea is full of antioxidants that help in keeping skin youthful and blemish
free. Make fresh green tea, when it cools down to room temperature apply with a cotton ball. You can also make green tea ice cubes and rub for few minutes on face.
Lactic acid and protein in yogurt or curd rejuvenate skin by nourishing it and removing excess oil. Just apply beaten curd on face in circular motions and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also add Cucumber juice and rose water.
The vitamins, menthol oil and antibacterial herb called mint works great for removing excess oil from skin. It soothes and heal scars. Boil fresh mint leaves for few minutes. When water cools down dip a cotton ball into it and gently rub on your face. You can also freeze and use minty ice cubes for massaging face.
Rose water is being used since olden times to enhance the beauty of a woman. It smells amazing and soothes skin by reducing inflammation. It removes excess oil and dead cells. Traditionally rose petals were boiled in water then that water was used for exfoliation but now natural rose water is readily available in stores and online. Just spray some on a cotton ball and apply on face. Rose water can be used as facial mist too, dilute rose water with filtered water in a handy spray bottle. On a hot humid day you can simply spray some after every few hours to keep skin hydrated and fresh. You can also use watermelon juice, carrot juice or potato juice as toners since fresh fruits and vegetables have essential vitamins and minerals that nourish and repair skin naturally without any side effects.