Using a face toner is a very important step in every skin care regimen which is basically a four step process except when you want to go extra.

In this post I’ll answer some frequently asked questions about face toners so keep reading.

What does a face toner to do my face?

Toners usually have astringent properties. They work by removing excess traces of oil and dirt on the skin and by tightening your pores which equals less break outs. Have you ever wondered why people with normal to dry skin and tight pores have little or no acne on their face? Their only problem happens to be moisture. Toners are however very important for people with acne prone skin.

Do I need a toner for my face?

Yes you do especially if you have acne prone skin, in fact if you don’t use a toner you’re doing yourself some injustice.

How do I use a face toner?

A face toner should be used after cleaning your face with a face wash. You can either soak a cotton pad with your favourite face toner and rub it all over your face in gentle circular motions or simply spray it on to your face. Don’t forget your neck!

I know what you’re thinking now; “I’m on a budget and this stuff is quite expensive”. Don’t worry I’m here to help get that glowing skin on a budget *insert wink* and on this note I present to you these simple face toner recipes, they are effective and very easy to make at home and yeah you can thank me later.

Cucumber face toner

Cucumber face toner

  • To make this toner you’ll need a fresh medium sized cucumber. Wash thoroughly until it’s very clean.
  • Chop into small cubes, transfer into a pan and add enough water to cover the cucumber.
  • Set the pan on very low heat for about 5 minutes. We’re doing this because we want the cucumber essence to mix properly with the water. NOTE: Do not allow the water to boil and do not leave the pan on heat for too long.
  • Bring the pan down and allow it to cool.
  • Stir the mixture and drive the juice.
  • Pour the cucumber juice into a sterilized bottle and store in the refrigerator.
  • Use twice a day
  • Shelf life is about 4-5 days.

Bonus tip: Moisten a cotton pad with the chilled cucumber juice and place on the eyes to reduce puffy eyes and soreness.

Green tea and apple cider vinegar  toner

Green tea face toner

  • To make this you’ll need apple cider vinegar and brewed green tea.
  • Add 1 part acv to 3 parts green tea.
  • Mix properly in a spray bottle.
  • Store in the refrigerator.
  • Use twice a day.

Green tea and aloevera gel face toner

  • Brewed green tea
  • Aloevera gel
  • Add 1 part aloevera gel to 3 parts green tea.
  • Combine together in a spray bottle.
  • Store in the refrigerator.
  • Use twice daily.

Black tea and lemon face toner

Black tea face toner

  • You’ll need brewed black tea and lemon juice.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to ever 5 tablespoons of black tea.
  • Combine together in a spray bottle.
  • Use only at night as lemon juice can make the skin sensitive to sunlight if used during the day.

Aloevera face toner

Aloevera face toner

  • You can use store bought gel or extract the gel from your fresh aloevera plant.
  • If using store bought gel, add 1 part aloevera gel to 3 parts water. Mix properly and store in your spray bottle.
  • If using fresh aloevera plant, extract the gel from the aloevera leaf.
  • Blend and sieve the mixture.
  • Transfer to your spray bottle and store.

Hibiscus and glycerin face toner


I use this mixture on my hair so I thought about using it on my skin too and yes it has great benefits for the skin too and it’s super moisturising. To make this;

  • Boil a small amount of water.
  • Add your hibiscus leaves.
  • Steep for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the leaves and allow to cool.
  • Transfer into a spray bottle and add 1-2 tablespoons of glycerin.
  • Store in a cool dry place.
  • Keeps up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


  • Sterilize bottles by boiling in hot water for 2-5 minutes.
  • Always do a patch test before using any new skin products.
  • Store your toners in the refrigerator because they contain no preservatives.
  • Use distilled water always as tap water may contain iron or chlorine which may not be good for your skin.
  • Try any of this recipes, tweak them to suit your needs and stick to what works for you.

Have you tried any of these face toners? Which was your favourite?

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  1. 24th May 2018 / 6:00 am

    I never really realize the importance of toners until I read this post. Now I do and I’m willing to use mine more often than I do.

    • Vanessa
      24th May 2018 / 1:48 pm

      Haha, please do, they’re very important.

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