DIY Facial Toner

I've never really been into facial toner. I've always been a let's-wash-my-face-and-get-to-bed-as-fast-as-possible kind of girl. But one of my coworkers (thanks Rachel!) mentioned it so I decided to look into it. I did a little research, and found that there are some great benefits to using a facial toner!

It helps:
* detox to remove environmental exposure or other harmful chemicals from your skin, which can lead to less acne, less severe acne scarring, and fewer wrinkles (1),
* to remove oily buildup, residue and dead skin cells. It reduces the amount of facial blemishes and acne that are already there and it works to prevent future breakout(1),
* to tighten and shrink pores, so that less dirt, oil, and toxins can enter the skin, which decreases irritations and infections that may cause acne (2),
* to provide hydration to your skin, which is essential in maintaining elasticity, smoothness, moisture, and a more youthful appearance (3).

Once I read some of those facts, I figured I would try it out! I found a great DIY recipe from, and I am now about a month into adding this to my morning and bedtime routine; and I am liking the results! At first, I was breaking out a little bit more than before, but they say when you start new products, your skin needs to adjust to it, right?? Plus, I figured it was just detoxing all the dirt, oils, make up, and whatever else was built up in my pores! Now, my skin feels great, super soft, and the  breakouts have stopped!

So what did I put in my homemade facial toner?

Witch Hazel - Witch hazel is a type of plant that is a natural astringent (a chemical compound that helps to shrink or constrict body tissue). It minimizes the appearance of pores, reduces inflammation and skin irritations, decreases cell damage that may lead to skin cancer, decreases signs of aging, helps speed up healing, and it helps soothe the skin (5)

Vitamin E - Vitamin E is an antioxidant that blocks free radicals from the skin, helps promote new skin cell growth and speeds up skin regeneration, which can help reduce wrinkles, treat scars and acne, and keep the skin looking youthful (4).

Essential Oils (6)

* Geranium essential oil promotes healthy, clear, glowing skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines. It has regenerative and skin healing properties, helps cleanse oily skin, and revitalizes skin cells .

* Cypress essential oil helps control overactive sebum glands that make our skin oily and prone to break outs and helps speed up healing time. Since Cypress also has circulatory benefits, it also can help radiate and revive a dull complexion.

* Lavender essential oil soothes and calms dry, irritated skin, has powerful antioxidants that slow aging, and it improves the appearance of complexion, reduces redness, and fights acne. It also combats excess sebum on the skin! Lavender is gentle on the skin and great for all skin types!

Here is my skin care routine. I use the facial toner both in the morning and at night.
* I wash my face with Young Living's Orange Blossom face wash
* Shake my toner well to mix and apply on a cotton round, and apply using gentle upward motion all over my face, avoiding the eyes. I also get around my ears and on my neck, too.
* Finish by moisturizing my face with my homemade facial cream (this recipe I have to tweek a little before I share it with you). 

DIY Facial Toner

* 4 oz bottle
* witch hazel (I got mine at Wegmans but you can also get it here)
* 1/2 tsp vitamin E (you can get it here)
* 3 drops of each geranium, cypress, and lavender essential oil (I get mine here)

* Fill 4 oz bottle almost full with witch hazel 
* add vitamin E
* add essential oils
* shake to mix

And it's ready to use! Super easy!

In order to be compliant with Young Living and the FDA, I have left out the reference information regarding essential oils. If you have any questions, want to know more about the effects of essential oils, or want to know where I get my information about essential oils, please message me!

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The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of these formulas, products or oils. Products, information, and descriptions presented here are for educational purposes of the traditional uses of essential oils only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. Individuals with serious illnesses should consult a qualified health care professional.



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