Kickstart Your CTM Routine! These Are The Best Homemade Toners For All Skin Types


A toner is probably one of the most underrated beauty products out there. In fact, it's so important that your CTM routine would not be complete if you did not include it. So why should you use Toner? Because it's awesome! Toners not only have the power to remove excess dirt, traces of oil, makeup residue but also balance the pH levels of your skin too. Not to forget that it also acts as a moisturiser as it contains humectants. If all of this still doesn't feel convincing for you to spend moolah on one, then I recommend you to try another option - make one at home using ingredients from your kitchen. However, before sharing homemade toner recipes, I want you to keep your skin tone in mind and then proceed!

Homemade Toner For Oily Skin

Toners work wonders for two types of skin - acne-prone and oily. They help to absorb excess oil and are careful while cleansing your pores. In a nutshell, they will not clog them. Women who wear heavy makeup and have oily skin - these homemade toners for oily skin are a must-have product for them. 

1. Rose Water Loves You

Roses aren't only beautiful to look at, but they make your skin look beautiful too. Indians and Egyptians have been using rose water as a beauty ingredient for years. Rosewater helps to soothe inflamed skin and freshen up dull and tired skin. 

Step 1: In a boiler, add 5-6 dried rose petals. 

Step 2: Add 1 cup of water and turn on the heat. 

Step 3: Cover the boiler and wait for 5-8 minutes.

Step 4: Once the water cools down, you can pour the rose water into a spray bottle. 

Step 5: Put in a refrigerator and use when chilled.

2. Green Tea For The Win

Best Homemade Toner From Green Tea

Green tea leaves are loaded with antioxidants and when it's sprayed on your face, it helps to lock the moisture in the skin and remove excess oil. It also contains polyphenols that help to destroy free radicals and work towards creating a youthful complexion. 

Step 1: Place 2 tea bags into the boiler. 

Step 2: Add a cup of water and boil on a medium fire. 

Step 3: Turn the heat off after 15 minutes and allow the water to cool down.

Step 4: Pour the tea into a bottle. 

Step 5: Post cleansing your face, pour some of this toner into a cotton pad and gently go on with patting your skin. 

3. Neem Is Your New BFF

As you know, neem leaves are loved for their medicinal benefits. In fact, bathing in neem water helps to relieve itchiness caused due to chickenpox thanks to its antibacterial benefits. It does the same for oily skin since this skin type is prone to breakouts too.

Step 1: Throw 6-7 neem leaves into a boiler.

Step 2: Pour a cup of water and boil the leaves.

Step 3: Turn the heat off after 30 minutes, leave it to cool for some time.

Step 4: Transfer the liquid into a bottle and place in a refrigerator. 

Step 5: Use chilled.

Homemade Toner For Dry Skin

Dry skin requires toners that moisturise and hydrate skin. Ingredients need to have a thick, creamy texture to give skin a luminous finish. Here’s how to make homemade toner for dry skin:

1. Coconut Water & Milk Are Amazing

Blemishes on dry skin? No worries, coconut water and milk will take care of that. You see, coconut milk is rich in vitamin C and has antifungal properties, while milk contains lactic acid that keeps all the microbes away. 

Step 1: In a bowl, pour one cup of coconut water and half a cup of milk. 

Step 2: Use a spoon to stir both the ingredients well. 

Step 3: Pour into a bottle and place in the fridge. 

Step 4: Pour a bit into a cotton ball and wipe your skin with it. 

Step 5: Leave it on for your skin to absorb all the goodness.

2. Rice Water Has Superpowers

Natural Skin Toner With Rice Water

Rice water is great for dull, tired skin. It brightens your complexion and diminishes tiny blemishes. This homemade natural skin toner is the easiest to make because it involves hardly any effort from your part.

Step 1: In a bowl, add 1 cup of rice.

Step 2: Stir well and don't stop until the water becomes cloudy. 

Step 3: Strain the water out and transfer it into a bottle. 

Step 4: Soak a cotton pad into it and watch it remove dirt and makeup residue!

3. Tulsi Leaves For Good Skin Days

When life gives you tulsi leaves, you make a best homemade toner out of it. These leaves not only help to treat acne, but also reduce possible skin infections in the future. 

Step 1: Add 7-8 tulsi leaves into a boiler.

Step 2: Add 1 cup of water and turn the heat to medium. 

Step 3: Let it boil for 20 minutes and later, turn off the heat. 

Step 4: Once cool, pour it into the spray bottle and play it in a refrigerator. 

Step 5: Post cleaning, spray some of it on your skin and use a cotton pad to wipe off any of the excesses. 

Homemade Toner For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin should be treated with uttermost care. This includes the choice of ingredients as well. If at all any ingredient causes you to pick at your skin, please refrain from using that ingredient. Also, before making a natural toner, do take a suggestion from your dermatologist as well if they're okay with you using it. 

1. When Life Gives You Tomatoes

Tomatoes are great to use when you have large pores and dull skin. In fact, they're great for taking care of a tan too! Making a homemade toner for open pores and dull skin out of it will surely improve your skin's texture. 

Step 1: In a bowl, add the pulp of 1 tomato, a teaspoon of lemon juice and water. 

Step 2: Stir all the ingredients well and pour it into a spray bottle. 

Step 3: Store in the refrigerator and whenever you have to use it, give it a good shake first.

2. Aloe Gel For Life

Aloe Gel For Making Homemade Skin Toner

Aloe gel has cooling properties and is fabulous for irritated, inflamed skin. You can either use it as it is or club it with other ingredients to make a DIY toner out of it. 

Step 1: In a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of aloe gel. 

Step 2: 3 drop of orange juice. 

Step 3: Use a spoon to mix the ingredients. 

Step 4: Pour into a bottle and store in the fridge.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar For Smoother Skin

When diluted, apple cider vinegar helps to improve the texture of your skin. Packed with acetic acid and alpha hydroxy acid, it gently exfoliates the skin and provides deep cleansing to the pores. 

Step 1: Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar into a bowl. 

Step 2: Pour a cup of freshly brewed green tea. 

Step 3: Add to your spray bottle and store in the fridge.

Step 4: Use only when cold.

Homemade Toner For Combination Skin

If your skin is oily on the forehead, nose and chin, then you have combination skin. It's tougher to make a natural toner for this skin type as it needs to address two different skin types separately. 

1. Heard of Glycerin?

Glycerin is moisturising for the skin and makes it moist, supple and soft. Just what your skin type needs!

Step 1: Take 1 cup of water, add 1 tablespoon of glycerin and 2-3 drops of lemon juice. 

Step 2: Stir well and pour the mix into a bottle. 

Step 3: Shake well and use!

2. Lovely Chamomile To The Rescue

Homemade Natural Skin Toner With Chamomile Tea

Combination skin is also prone to acne and inflammation. Which is why chamomile is here to help!

Step 1: In a bowl, pour freshly brewed rose water.

Step 2: Add 2-3 drops of chamomile oil.

Step 3: Stir well and pour into a spray bottle.

Step 4: Spray on your skin post-cleansing.

3. Cucumbers Make Your Skin Happy

Cucumber water is extremely hydrating and soothing for your skin. It will bring back the glow and protect your skin from UV rays.

Step 1: Chop cucumber into fine pieces. 

Step 2: Toss it into the mixer and add 1 cup of water and a spoon of aloe gel. 

Step 3: Pour the mix into a bottle and store in the fridge for future use.


1. Best homemade skin toner for natural glow?

Rosewater and cucumber as they're both cooling and gentle on the skin. 

2. How do you preserve homemade toner?

By placing it in a cool place like your refrigerator. 

3. How long does homemade toner last?

Since all the ingredients used are natural, they have a shorter shelf-life of 7-10 days. Hence, it's better to make them in smaller batches.  

4. Do you wash your toner off?

No. Only if the ingredient causes skin irritation or if alcohol is added then you must wash your toner off. This rule applies to both, makeup and skincare. 

5. What are some natural preservatives for homemade toner?

As mentioned above, you can't preserve them for more than 7-10 days. Since natural ingredients have the tendency to deteriorate, the best you can do is store them in a clean, dark and cool place. You'll know that it's time to chuck it out if it changes colour or gives off an unusual smell. 

Wasn't that easy? Which toner are you tempted to make?

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