I love using essential oils as part of my natural skincare routine. I have been using essential oils for over 2 years but I only started using it on a daily basis about a year ago. I have a bowl of essential oil blend in the bathroom that I would apply on my face and body after each shower. I apply it on Cass’ hair too to help detangle her hair. It’s composed of extra virgin coconut oil and a mix of several essential oils. I change the scent every week. I love simple and chemical free skincare and make-up.
Skin care is an important part of me. What you eat and put on your skin equal to how good your complexion and skin are. Plus your hormones. If your hormones do not wreck havoc, you will most likely have blemish-free skin if you follow a healthy diet and right skincare regimen. Getting sufficient beauty sleep is very important as well for beautiful skin and complexion.
As part of my chemical-free journey, I made my own face toner for the first time. And it’s SO EASY! All it takes is a few minutes to concoct the face toner. But getting started for the very first time takes some time. It took me a week to source for witch hazel and bottles at the most affordable prices. Thankfully I have a good mentor who is guiding me and offering me advise.
It only took me a few minutes to prep my DIY face toner with 4 ingredients for a 50ml bottle. I made this face toner with Alycia in mind as she’s a sucker for skincare products. She secretly uses my essential oils as perfume though I’ve told her umpteen times that my essential oils are expensive and not meant to be put on clothes as perfume. Oh lordy! No wonder my essential oils are finished SO fast!
What’s in this homemade facial toner?
Witch hazel – Witch hazel is a natural astringent that minimizes the appearance of pores, reduces inflammation and skin irritations, decreases oil and redness, and leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed.
Lavender essential oil ~ this is an all-around super powerhouse for skin care. It’s gentle and great for all skin types. It soothes and calms irritated skin. It also has powerful antioxidants that slow aging. And lavender improves the appearance of complexion, reduces redness, and fights acne.
Lemon essential oil ~ lemons are natural astringents. This makes them good for toning your skin, reducing oily skin, tightening large pores and firming the face. Lemon essential oil is one of the most powerful anti-acne essential oils. It contains powerful ingredients like antioxidants, vitamin C and citric acid which fight off acne causing germs and boost collagen production, thereby reducing scarring.
Note: Lemon essential oil is photosensitive. So do not apply it on your skin then expose that area to sunlight. Use it indoors or at night time for your skin/hair. If you’re planning on heading out, wash the area you’ve applied the lemon oil to very thoroughly. We only use this toner at night.
Frankincense essential oil ~ this oil has the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes, and appearance as someone ages. It helps tone and lift skin, reduces appearance of scars and acne, and heals wounds. It can also be beneficial for fading of stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, and for healing dry or cracked skin.
Frankincense oil has been shown to help fight cells of specific types of cancer. A 2012 study even found that a chemical compound found in frankincense called AKBA is successful at killing cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy, which may make it a potential natural cancer treatment.
Here’s the DIY Face Toner Recipe:
- Fill a 50 ml bottle almost full with witch hazel. I use Thayers bought from Lazada. My friends get their Thayers witch hazel from iHerb. I did a comparison and found out that the price is the same and I got mine within 2 working days after payment to Lazada.
- add 10-15 drops each of Frankincense and lavender essential oils and 5 drops of lemon oil. (You can add 10 drops of tea tree / melaleuca oil if you have oily, acne / breakout prone skin)
- shake to mix. And shake the bottle before each use.
To use, you can spray on a cotton swap and apply all over your face and neck after washing your face or simply spray some on your palm and apply the toner on your face and neck. Then follow with your normal facial moisturizer and the rest of the skin care routine.
Some recipes use apple cider vinegar in their DIY face toner. But I find the smell of ACV a tad offensive to be left on my skin 🤧 Plus I know the girls will be turned off by the smell of ACV in the toner.
My next few projects will be to make a day time face toner which excludes photosensitive essential oils, a beauty serum and mouth rinse.
This DIY face toner with essential oils helps to restore your skin’s pH balance, shrinks pores, moisturizes and refreshes skin! It’s a vital part of a good skincare routine.
Next up in this blog is my DIY spray-on deodorant with essential oils.
If you are interested to get the essential oils from Young Living at wholesale price, I can help you. Do drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 😉