Danelle Sandoval

DIY Toners You Need in Your Life and Why

Danelle Sandoval

Think about your current skincare routine. Does it include a toner? If not, you may be missing out on reaching a new level of clean for your skin. There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not toners are an important step worthy of postponing your bedtime by a minute or two, but the conclusion most widely regarded by dermatologists and beauty enthusiasts is a yes to facial toners.

Toners are good for all skin types, but are especially beneficial if you have oily or acne-prone skin. If the pH levels of your skin are off balance (this often happens when you substitute face wash with regular soap, or if your face wash over-compensates for removing or replenishing oils) toners will make the correct adjustments. And if you’ve just come from a day of full-glam makeup, the formula will remove any excess makeup and grime that your favorite makeup wipes left behind. This will be the most refreshing and replenishing aspect of your skincare routine. Not only can it shrink pores, it’ll work to keep your skin from looking and feeling dehydrated.


I haven’t used a toner on my skin since the days of the Proactiv 3-Step routine, but am now ready to brew up an easy DIY toner to reach a new level of clear skin. When crafting your own toner or scouring the drugstore shelves for one, remember to avoid alcohol-based toners, which will make your skin beyond dry. Instead, search for water-based solutions. Use toner after face wash, and before moisturizer, by pouring the solution on a cotton pad and dabbing your face and neck, or use a spritz bottle for coverage. When crafting these toner cocktails, pour into an airtight bottle and keep in a cool place.

Phew! Now that we have the basics out of the way, onto the recipes:


Hello Glow's Recipe for oily and acne-prone skin:
1. ¾ cup steeped green tea
2. ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3. Mix

The green tea will help calm the skin, while the apple cider vinegar works to balance out those pH levels.

 For sensitive skin:


  1. ½ cup dried rosebuds
  2. Hot filtered water
  3. Seep rosebuds in hot water for 1-2 hours and then strain

Rosewater hydrates, clarifies, and energizes skin.

Mila Moursi's recipe for all skin types:

  1. Seep 1 cup of green tea
  2. Add ½ teaspoon of honey
  3. Mix, and cool
  4. Add three drops of jasmine essential oil

To replace Lush’s Tea Tree Water:


Use 2 drops of tea tree oil for every ounce of filtered water (i.e. 3 oz. water = 6 drops of oil). Tea tree oil will reduce redness and brighten skin without drying it out.