This natural homemade face toner helps prevent fine lines by boosting collagen production, improving skin elasticity, and even fading age and sun spots!
You’ve probably seen the commercials asking, “Want to look younger? Erase years from your face?” And of course, they’re air-brushing beautiful models to promote a product that claims to eliminate wrinkles, age spots, and other flaws from mature faces.
Well, there may actually be something to those products. Serums, creams, and toners made with Vitamin C have been flooding the beauty market lately. These products claim to take years off your face. But there are problems with the store-bought versions of Vitamin C skin care products. And the good news is, you can make a better version at home!
Today we share a very simple homemade face toner that actually works and can save you tons of money!
Vitamin C is A Skin Toner
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is said to have many anti-aging benefits for the skin. It’s a potent antioxidant, is anti-inflammatory, and is very soothing for the skin. What does all this mean? Put simply, Vitamin C can improve skin elasticity, prevent fine lines by stimulating collagen production, protect skin from damaging sun rays, and have a lightening effect that helps fade age spots or sunspots.
Even if you get adequate amounts of Vitamin C in your diet, a topical application of Vitamin C is the best way to benefit your skin (source). This clinical study on the topical application of Vitamin C shows that solutions made with 5% Vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid) produced positive results on damaged skin after repeated use.
So does this mean that all those commercial products are worth the money? Not exactly.
Ascorbic acid is highly unstable and oxidizes within a few days when exposed to air, heat, or light. So don’t waste your money on an expensive product that may become ineffective after only a few days. The good news is, you can make your own homemade face toner at home by mixing up small batches every few days to maximize the effects of Vitamin C.
While making your own Vitamin C face toner every few days may seem cumbersome, adding this homemade toner to your skincare routine may help enhance the tone, texture, and brightness of your skin. And that makes it worth the effort, right?
Homemade Face Toner
Ingredients & Supplies
- ½ oz. hydrosol – rose hydrosol is my favorite (find hydrosols here)
- about ¼ teaspoon l-ascorbic acid – this is a 10% concentration (find l-ascorbic acid here)
- 5 drops chamomile or lavender essential oil – optional for anti-inflammatory and soothing effects (find 100% pure essential oils here)
- several drops Vitamin E oil – optional for increased anti-oxidant effect (I use this non-GMO Vitamin E oil)
- 1 oz. dark glass bottle with a fine mister (find dark glass bottles and spray tops here)
To make homemade toner add ascorbic acid to a spice grinder and blend into a powder. (This prevents the finished toner from being gritty.) Combine all ingredients in a small amber or cobalt glass bottle. Cap tightly with spray top and shake well to combine. Store in a cool place and mix a new batch every 2-3 days for the best results.
Use morning and night on a clean face before applying moisturizers or makeup. Shake vigorously before each use. With eyes and mouth closed, spray generously all over face and neck and allow to dry.
A Few Tips
You should mix up a new batch of homemade face toner every few days for maximum results. Vitamin C oxidizes quickly, so its effectiveness will diminish after a few days. Because Vitamin C oxidizes even faster when exposed to light, it’s also very important this toner be stored in a dark-colored glass bottle.
Note: Some people are sensitive to ascorbic acid, so you may want to test the toner on a small area of skin before applying all over. (Apply to a small area, wait 24 hours, then check for a reaction.)
You may also be interested in making your own homemade face moisturizer!
Have you ever made a homemade face toner? If so, what were your results?