Honestly, aloe might be my favorite beauty ingredient. I use it in my face wash. I use it in my toner. I use it in my moisturizer. In my homemade shampoo. In my hairstyling products. Eye cream. You name it, I find a way to get aloe in it.
There’s a reason I love aloe so much. Aloe is anti-inflammatory and is a standard from soothing everything from sunburns to rashes. It is full of vitamins and minerals that your skin needs. It helps moisturize the skin without leaving a greasy or heavy feeling. It is truly an incredible skincare ingredient.
One of the most popular posts on my site has been my aloe vera moisturizer. I think it’s popular with good reason, because it’s really great stuff. I also posted an aloe vera face wash that I just can’t get enough of.
I didn’t think I needed toner, but I kept seeing great toner recipes on pinterest. I figured I should just make some and give it a try- because it looked so easy! And now toner is an essential part of my skin care routine. How did I go so long without it??
One thing that some people complain about toner is that it dries your skin out. Toner is supposed to help tighten pores and help clean off anything that your face wash missed. Toner can help reduce excess oil production in people with oily skin and prevent acne. Well, the beauty of this toner is that it works for all skin types- so people with drier skin don’t have to worry! It helps tighten pores and cleanse without drying you out.
Wanna know how? Enter my favorite, aloe vera!
When I came up with this ridiculously simple recipe, I was so surprised I hadn’t seen it before. It just makes so much sense.
Witch hazel extract is a natural astringent, which means it helps rid skin of excess oil and shrink pores. Witch hazel can help clear your pores of lots of nasty stuff that causes acne and irritation.
Aloe Vera gel adds the of moisturizing and soothing properties to this toner.
Now, you could go to the drug store and buy some witch hazel extract and aloe vera gel there, but I don’t recommend it. Most of the witch hazel you can buy in stores is primarily alcohol and most of the aloe vera gel is primarily gel and additives. The goal here is to get the benefits of these ingredients, so you really need the good stuff. Otherwise, you might as well make your toner with rubbing alcohol and hair gel (yuck!)
Are you ready to find out how easy this is to make?
Aloe Vera Toner
Ingredients and supplies:
- 6 tablespoons witch hazel extract
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
- fine mist spray bottle or a 4 ounce tight lidded container and cotton balls
- Using the funnel, pour the witch hazel, aloe vera, and essential oils into a spray bottle.
- That’s it.
- So now just shake before use and finely mist your face or apply it using a cotton ball.
My skin is happy as a clam (are clams really happy??). The toner has really brightened up my skin while keeping it dewey and wonderful. It certainly hasn’t dried it out.
And if you do make it yourself, I would love to hear how it goes for you!