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I love toner. I love the look of it, the feel of it, and most of all, the ritual of it. Soaking a little cotton pad with a magical elixir then dabbing it onto my face is simply a lovely feeling. The slight tingle and refreshing touch of moisture always makes my skin feel extra fresh and happy after a good scrub or oil-cleansing. Apart from feeling nice, toners can help balance skin's pH. Depending on what you add to your toner recipe they can also help soothe, moisturize, or even battle harmful bacteria that can cause acne and redness.
This particular recipe uses a combination of apple cider vinegar to help provide balance, chamomile tea to soothe and calm sensitive skin, and a honey to provide a moisturizing boost. Honey is a special kind of moisturizer called a humectant which draws moisture to the skin. The addition of honey to a toner, like this one, can help your skin maintain moisture. That's pretty much always a good thing – but it's especially helpful during extremely hot or cold weather when the air tends to wick extra moisture away from our skin.
This recipe should work well for most skin types using about 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. If your skin is very sensitive or prone to dryness, try using a little less (about 2 tablespoons). If your skin has a tendency to be very oily you can add a little bit more (up to 6 tablespoons). You can also try swapping out the chamomile tea for an herb that better suits your own skin type. For example, you could try using dried neem instead of chamomile if your skin is prone to acne.
Honey Chamomile Toner
Makes about 8 ounces
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers (or 1 bag of chamomile tea)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 – 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Pour freshly boiled water into a mug or heatproof container with the chamomile. Allow the tea to steep for ten minutes. Remove tea bag or strain the solids from the tea. Add the honey and vinegar to the tea, then stir well to dissolve the honey. Pour the mixture into a clean bottle.
After cleansing your face, dab the toner onto your skin liberally using a cotton ball or soft cloth. Follow with a moisturizer as needed. This toner will remain fresh for about one month. After 30 days it is best to discard any toner that is left and make up a new batch.
Honey is one of my favorite ingredients for natural skin care. Check out my recipes for Honey & Citrus Salt Scrubs, Grapefruit and Honey Besan Facials, and Olive & Honey Lip Scrub. For even more honey beauty goodness, check out the beauty recipe collection on Honey.com!