Skin toning is essential part of an effective skin care routine. Skin toning is achieved by application of skin toners, fresheners or astringents. Skin toning helps to increase the blood circulation on the surface of skin and helps to improve the skin health.
Skin looses it vitality due various external and internal factors. Internal factors are lack of proper balanced diet and stress. External factors include pollution, weather conditions, sun rays and other toxins in our environment. Skin losses its sheen and begin to wrinkle and sag. To keep the skin firm, you should resort to skin toning.
Skin toning is done after cleansing and before moisturizing. It removes any leftover traces of cleanser and also removes excess of oil from the skin. It prepares the skin for makeup application. It helps to make the skin firm and supple. Another benefit of skin toning is toners help to restore the acid/ alkali balance of the skin.
Skin toners revitalize your skin and give a youthful and glowing complexion.
Skin toners are the skin care products which include toners, fresheners and astringents. Most of these products contain water and alcohol basically. Main difference in all skin toners is due to amount of alcohol present. Sometimes, menthol, witch hazel, glycerin, camphor, rose water and alum are added to have more benefits. Alcohol has the drying effect over the skin. So if you are choosing a toner for dry skin, go for one having little or no alcohol in it while for oily skin, choose one with high alcohol content.
You can always buy a fragmented ready made toner from any cosmetic store according to your skin type. But you can easily prepare your own homemade skin toner to help your skin type. In your own toner, you would be using fresh, natural, chemical free ingredients and without any preservative.
You can apply tomato juice for its skin toning qualities.
If you have normal skin, try this recipe. Take 50 gm rose water, 100 gm glycerin and ½ tbsp of alum. Blend all these ingredients and keep in a glass bottle in refrigerator. Shake it well before use. Another natural skin toner for normal skin can be prepared by cucumber and yogurt. Liquidize one small cucumber and mix it with yogurt. Apply it for 15 minutes and rinse it off. Keep the remaining mixture in refrigerator.
Prepare a skin toner with mint leaves for dry skin. Take 100 gm water and pour 2 handfuls of mint leaves in it. Boil it and strain. Now take a cup of distilled water having ½ tsp of alum and add to it two drops of mint extract you prepared. Apply this mixture with cotton wool.
If you want to prepare a skin toner for oily skin, take white of one egg and whisk it until it becomes thick and add 1 tsp of honey and blend well. Next add to it one tsp of lemon juice. Apply this mixture over face and neck but avoid sensitive eye area. After ten minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water.
For applying toner, dip the cotton wool ball in toning lotion and apply on face and neck in patting movements.
Generally skin toners are applied with cotton wool ball but if you are feeling tired, apply this in brisk patting movements.
For a combination or dry skin, a mild and gentle preparation like rose water is apt. Do not use harsh astringents for delicate skins.
You should apply astringent on oil prone areas on face like nose, chin, and forehead if you have oily skin.
If you have combination skin, for effective toning, you should apply two types of skin toners. First apply light toning lotion on all over your face and then followed by application of astringent on greasy t-zone. Do not apply astringent on cheeks.
For toning of sensitive skins, apply the pulp of strawberries for minutes and wash it off with cold water.
To obtain a toner for sensitive skin or to calm sunburn, mash strawberries and apply for 5 minutes and then wash it off.
Mix 2 tbsp of lemon juice, one tbsp of glycerin and 3 tbsp of rose water. Apply this for toning of dry skin.
Mix 2 tbsp rosewater and one tbsp witch hazel. Dip a cotton wool in this refreshing lotion and apply on combination skin.
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