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A lot of people skip using a toner in their skin care regimen because they don’t realize how important it is to use a toner, especially if you cleanse with cleansing lotions or oils. Toners help to remove the last traces of makeup your cleanser leaves behind, and help reduce the look of pores and wrinkles. They also help soothe, purify, and nourish the skin before applying a moisturizer.

This is a toner I make and use in the summer when my skin is a bit more oily. I like making toners because they are easy to make, using ingredients I already have at home. This is a very strong toner. It helps get rid of all the impurities my pores pick up throughout the day.

Black tea is full of antioxidants; witch hazel is a natural astringent that gently cleanses without removing essential moisture; rosewater is very moisturizing and provides fragrance; apple cider vinegar restores the skin’s protective acid mantle; and vodka is a natural alcohol used as a solvent in this recipe.

1 cup black tea (2 tea bags, 1 cup water)
1 cup witch hazel
4 tbsp rosewater
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp vodka

Brew one cup of black tea, using two tea bags to make it strong. Once the tea is cool, combine with all the other ingredients in a bottle and shake well.

To use, saturate a cotton ball and use gentle upward strokes to clean the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Let dry before applying a moisturizer.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.