7 Natural Toners for Oily Skin

Updated on November 21, 2019
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Ditch the chemical toners and make your own homemade natural toner with gentle & safe ingredients.
Ditch the chemical toners and make your own homemade natural toner with gentle & safe ingredients. | Source

If you've got oily skin and are hesitant to put chemical toners on your skin, then try making your own homemade toners to make your skin less shiny and oily! Most toners out there contain alcohol and other products that can do long term damage to your skin. Avoid such harsh skin products by concocting these simple irritant-free homemade toners to remedy oily skin. These homemade toners will refresh your skin and can be used right before applying makeup to reduce shiny skin.

1. Cold Water Toner

This is by far the cheapest toner you can ever use. Cold water (filtered, or distilled water, not tap water) will not only hydrate your skin cells but also reduce acne inflammations and remove excess oil on your skin surface. Cold water is the best homemade toner for oily skin especially if your skin is acne prone. If you have acne prone oily skin, your dermatologist would tell you to stay away from most toners especially those with alcohol in them as they would irritate and inflame your face. But when using cold water, you can never worry about secret chemical ingredients because it's totally natural! You can either use ice cubes on your face to tighten skin pores and reduce oiliness or keep cold filtered water in a spritzer in your refrigerator and use in the morning before you get ready for the day. Plus, it will also wake you up when you feel drowsy in the morning!

2. Lemon Toner

This is a super cheap and easy to make toner which works wonders for oily skin! Being a natural astringent, lemon will help tighten large pores, kill ance causing bacteria and strip skin of excess oils. Use the ratio of 1:2 of freshly squeezed lemon juice to pure water to make a safe and frugal lemon water toner. Store in a clear empty spray bottle or spritzer. Freshen up your face with an amazing lemon water toner with a few spritzes!

3. Cucumber Water Toner

Cucumber has a wonderful cooling effect on skin and helps deep cleanse skin pores of excess sebum and dirt. Cucumber water will refresh and water oily skin, creating a perfect skin moisture and oil balance. Use cucumber water as an astringent (to tighten large pores), a refreshing toner and as a spray mist to set your makeup for that natural skin glow.

4. Rose Water Toner

Rose water is an ancient beauty secret used by ancient Persians, Egyptians and Indians as a skin toner. It was used to cool down inflammations and refresh dull tired skin. Ancient Egyptian women used rose water to tone their skin, check wrinkles and tighten skin pores. Persians not only use rose water to bring out a sweet aroma in cooking but also use it as a daily facial toner. Store pure rose water in a clean spritzer and spray onto your face before applying makeup for a warm dewy glow. Remember to purchase organic pesticide-free rose water to avoid any skin irritations.

5. Green Tea Toner

Full of powerful anti-oxidants and wrinkle busting nutrients, green tea is perfect for maintaining all around healthy skin. It will lock moisture into your skin cells and remove any excess oils. Green tea is also the ultimate anti-aging toner as it is power packed with polyphenols, which destroy free radicals that cause wrinkles and fine lines. To make a green tea toner at home, steep one to two green tea bags in boiling water and let it cool down before storing it in an empty clear spray bottle. Stick a cute label on the spray bottle saying green tea toner and spritz it on your face every morning!

6. Aloe Vera Toner

Aloe vera will restore your skin's natural pH, moisturize and water oily skin and tighten skin pores. Aloe vera will also soothe sun burned skin, wind burned skin and comfort dry peeling skin combined with acne. The best part is that it's safe to use on sensitive skin and combination skin. When making this at home, carefully extract the transparent gel of an aloe vera leaf. Dice it into small cubes and blend it until you get a liquid gel-like substance. Combine this with water and a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Top Toner Tips

  • Store your homemade toners in clear beauty spray bottles or spritzers for easy use.
  • You can print out cute labels for your toner spray bottles or make your own nice labels.
  • After making your toners, you can refrigerate them for a cool refreshing feel to your skin.
  • Always make sure to cool down the homemade toner before applying it on your skin, especially the green tea and neem toner.

7. Neem Toner

Neem leaves are used for their medicinal benefits for skin. Neem can heal cracked skin, moisturize oily skin, maintain skin cell structure, relieve irritations and treat inflammatory skin conditions including acne and eczema. Get a handful of neem leaves and wash them thoroughly. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil in one cup water. Carefully remove from the heat source and let it cool down. Store in the refrigerator before use.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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      Poornima P 

      8 months ago

      Loved the info.

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      16 months ago

      How long can i store these??

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      Shawnice Ray 

      3 years ago

      loving all this info on natural cures for my skin type and skin issues I hve


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