Soothing Cucumber & Coconut Milk Skin Toner

Updated on July 25, 2016
Soothing Cucumber, Coconut & Milk Skin Toner
Soothing Cucumber, Coconut & Milk Skin Toner | Source

Cleanse and Tone, That Old Chestnut ~

Ever since I can remember those two words "Cleanse and Tone" were part of everyday reading, speaking and doing not only twice a day religiously but applying the practice what you preach to the letter in my daily work routine as a Beauty Therapist, Make-Up Artist, Cosmetics Manager or Trainer, it was a way of life.

Here I look to the past, kicked it up a gear or two and come up with a fresh ingredient based toner for normal to dry skin types. Designed to remove the last traces of cleanser or residue from the skin while stimulating the pores and refining the skin texture, making it more receptive to further treatments.

Coconut Benefits

coconut meat, milk and water
coconut meat, milk and water | Source

Coconut Water

fresh from the young green coconut
fresh from the young green coconut | Source

Coconut Water ~

The watery liquid has been referred to as the most natural liquid second only to water.

Found in the young coconuts it is a most popular drink within tropical countries including Indonesia, The Philippines, India, Brazil and The Caribbean where it grows in abundance.

Nothing can be fresher or more appealing on a hot humid day than stopping at a street vendor in any of these places, having a young green coconut cracked open in front you, full of this magical water.

It naturally helps replace lost electrolytes through perspiration keeping the body hydrated. Such is its value it now comes in canned, bottled or carton forms.

Loaded with essential nutrients, it is also a good source of B-complex vitamins including riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, folates and pyridoxines.

This healthy nutritious drink also has hidden benefits for the skin including being rich in vitamin C, enzymes, amino acids, fibre and minerals including magnesium, potassium and manganese.

It contains cytokinins which are said to have anti-ageing benefits on the skin giving a more youthful appearance.

Spots, pimples, acne, eczema, cellulite and wrinkles may all be improved by incorporating coconut water into your skin care regime as a face toner.

Shredded Coconut or Dessicated Coconut

used to extract coconut mik
used to extract coconut mik | Source

Homemade Coconut Milk

follow Om's easy method of extracting milk from the meat of coconut
follow Om's easy method of extracting milk from the meat of coconut | Source

Coconut Milk ~

Used fresh or canned, coconut milk is a must for dry skins. With a list of health benefits that seems to cover every possible ailment or condition it is no wonder the coconut palm tree is heralded as The Tree of Life by the Pacific Islanders.

Nearly one third of the world’s population relies on the coconut in some form for its food and for their economy.

They believe this fruit of the tropics to be a valuable source of food and medicine. Coconut milk along with the meat, water, oil, husk and bark of the tree have many uses.

With it’s high fat content, minerals and nutrients, coconut milk benefits to the skin include:

  • Anti-ageing, it helps delay the formation of new lines and wrinkles, age spots and promotes increased skin elasticity.
  • Softens and smooths skin relieving dryness and flaking of skin.
  • Calms down any irritated skin and redness.
  • With anti-bacterial properties it helps heal the skin.
  • Helps balance the normal Ph level of the skin.
  • Helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays of the sun.
  • Reduces symptoms of dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.

The Cucumber Flower

even cucumbers have flowers
even cucumbers have flowers | Source

Cucumber ~

The natural skin hydrator, cucumber has a definite place in our health and skin care.

Known for it’s cooling effect on the skin it helps eliminate dark circles under the eyes, thanks to it containing vitamin K, associated with shrinking capillaries.

It reduces any puffiness around the eye area and plump out fine lines and wrinkles giving a refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance thanks to it being over 90% water. Who can say no to those benefits?

The juice in cucumber helps clean the complexion and pores reducing the likelihood of pimples and blackheads forming.

Cucumber can significantly reduce the redness and soreness associated from sunburn and the vitamin c and manganese present in cucumbers helps the collagen knit together and so aid wounds to heal.

Slices of Cucumber

the natural instant lift to tired eyes
the natural instant lift to tired eyes | Source

Cucumber Toner ~

8-10 slices of cucumber

1/4 cup coconut milk or milk

1/4 cup coconut water

Recycled glass jar with lid

Blender

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients into the blender and mix to a light smooth liquid.
  • Transfer your toner into the glass jar and secure with an airtight lid.
  • Store this in the refrigerator for up to a week and use twice a day.

To Apply:

  • Dampen a piece of cotton wool with the toner and wipe all over the face and neck area.
  • Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse the face with tepid water.
  • Do a final splash with cold water and pat the skin dry with a towel.
  • Apply your regular serum and moisturizer.

Coconut Palm Tree

The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life | Source

Skin Hydration

Dry skin is lacking moisture and often dehydrated
Dry skin is lacking moisture and often dehydrated | Source

Skin Tonic or Toner

make your own affordable toner from fresh ingredients
make your own affordable toner from fresh ingredients | Source

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Toner Tips ~

Use organic cucumbers if possible to eliminate pesticide residue as much as possible.

Some alternatives to coconut milk are to use milk, soya milk, rosewater, chamomile, rose or cucumber hydrosol (flower water).

Instead of the coconut water use distilled water, rosewater or any of the hydrosols mentioned above.

If you want to stay true to the fresh ingredient idea then why not blend some apples, pears and cucumber together and put through a strainer to get a juice to use and combine it with cucumber and coconut milk for a skin toner

Food for Thought . . . .

The idea of this recipe is to use fresh ingredients for maximum nutritional benefits to the skin. A toner that is skin type specific designed to work with a matching cleanser to streamline your personal regime preferences.

Homemade skin care solutions have evolved since ancient times, with documented evidence recognising the wonderful benefits plants bring us.

I hope you will join me in taking control of what we are putting on our skins and ultimately into our bodies. Apart from the health benefits, making your own beauty products costs way less than the equivalent in a branded product without a doubt.

All things considered, it's a "no brainer" for me, how about you?

Rose Petals

Rosewater is easily made at home by using fragrant rose petals
Rosewater is easily made at home by using fragrant rose petals | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Thelma,

        Bill is priceless with his comments for sure! LOL I was thinking of you with your coconuts in the garden, how lucky you are to have a regular supply when at home in the Philippines! i am sure you will love this one when you get a chance to make it,cheers so much for your interest and support in votes and pinning my friend!

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        Thelma Alberts 

        5 years ago from Germany

        Bills comment got me LOL. I can imagine my eyes tape with cucumber while walking around the house.

        I will certainly try to make this toner. I still have my selfmade rosewater waiting to be used. With regards to using the coconut milk, I love to make this toner when I´m home again. I can´t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned for later use.

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi starbright,

        Many thanks for your visit and comment, good to see you enjoyed this fresh recipe!

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        Lucy Jones 

        5 years ago from Scandinavia

        Good ideas that really work. Thanks for sharing.

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Saloca,

        Thanks so much for checking this out I see you are a fan of natural ingredients and your green tea article was excellent! Hope you enjoy this. Certain commercial brands are too astringent and can have the opposite desired effect on the skin. I have an oil/combination cleanser and then a toner which may be useful for your skin type. Cheers for your interest and comments!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Jasvinderpaul,

        Good to hear you enjoyed this, appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

      • Saloca profile image

        Saloca 

        5 years ago from Liverpool, UK

        Great idea! I will have to give this a go and see how it works! I havn't used a toner in years as it was making my oily skin worse, but something so natural is at least worth a try!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Sue,

        Thanks for your visit and comment, always so great having you in my corner! Coconut has so many fantastic benefits as you know, lemon juice is another great one for bleaching those age spots. I have noticed them appearing on different parts like the hands and forehead now. Cheers for the votes, sharing and pins as always you are a terrific support!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Bill,

        Cheers my good buddy for taking time to read and comment, always a pleasure to have your support. I am enjoying this path and so glad I decided to go this route. Appreciate your thoughtful comments, I always try to include interesting, relevant info with photos to match. Thanks as always for your interest, votes, sharing and pins.

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Rose,

        Coconut is a wonder for the skin so no surprise you were hooked! LOL Delighted you enjoyed this recipe, appreciate as always your comments!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi ladyeonne,

        Many thanks for such an enthusiastic interest, so very much appreciated! I have a few eye treatment recipes you may enjoy. An eye cream, an eye gel and an eye serum, all gorgeous (of course!) and easy to make. Hope you enjoy trying this toner and the cleanser out, thanks for commenting, votes and sharing!

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        Susan Bailey 

        5 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

        I love the smell of coconut. I didn't know it was good for keeping age spots at bay though. Voted up, shared and pinned.

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        Bill De Giulio 

        5 years ago from Massachusetts

        This one sounds good enough to eat also. I do love coconut. I really must say Suzie you have this niche and the format down perfect. Beautiful photo selection and the content is always easy to follow and clear and concise. I hope you are starting to reap the rewards of your hard work. Well done. Voted up, shares, and pinned.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        You had me at coconut! This sounds so refreshing. Thanks for the detailed information about each ingredient and about skin toners.

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        Deonne Anderson 

        5 years ago from Florence, SC

        Wow! I am sold on your natural products for cleansing and toning the skin. I plan to try both your recipes as soon as I can get to the stores for shopping. I also plan to search your hub site for dark circles under the eyes removal. Voted up and useful and shared. Thanks!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Janet,

        As with Sha, there is an oily skin one on the way for both cleanser and toner, working on it now! cucumber juice and witch hazel or water as a quick fix toner would be good or with lemon juice.

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi KKeelor,

        So good to have you visit and comment, glad you found it interesting and hope to give it a try out.. How exotic that you spent time in Costa Rica, I would love to visit there sometime!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Sha,

        YES I do and a cleanser and then a toner on the way for oily / combination skins. Working on cleanser as I write to you! Sounds like you need some serious cooling down! Cucumber juice on its own mixed with some water, chilled and spayed on the skin is extremely refreshing and hydrating at the same time for a quick fix that works! Thanks so much for checking this out and oily skin on the way!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Bill,

        Ah well when you are pooped ad tired of reading that's just the way of it! Delighted you took time to comment be it next morning or next month, having you read my work is reward enough. My magic potion for your symptoms presented/ THE LOVE OF A GOOD WOMAN CALLED BEV! The results are there to see already even if you don't see them!! LOL

        Failing that, yep tape those cucumbers to the face and off you go! LOL

        Hope you had a good productive day at the helm of the empire, cheers again my good friend!

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        Janet Giessl 

        5 years ago from Georgia country

        Yes, I have the same problem with oily skin. Is there a possibility to change some of the ingredients in this wonderful recipe so that it can be used for an oily skin?

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        Forrest and Kim Keelor Parker 

        5 years ago from Charleston, SC

        This is excellent! Love the photo of the Pipa - fresh green coconuts which I learned to love in Costa Rica. I am going to try your recommendations. But I want to eat the ingredients!

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        5 years ago from Central Florida

        This sounds so refreshing, Suzi. Do you have a toner recipe for oily skin? Unfortunately, menopause hasn't affected the fact that you could fry an egg on my face by the end of the day. Ha ha.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I saw this pop up last night around nine but just had no desire to read another hub....so here I am bright and early, before customers, visiting my favorite beauty consultant.

        What can you do for me, Suzy? I'm aging and falling apart at the seams. Do you have some magical mixture that will hold me together and erase 64 years of hard living? I think not!

        How about if I just tape some cucumbers to my face and walk around?

        I really do have work to do. Have a great day and as always, super job with your niche.

        bill

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Kathryn,

        Good timing then?! LOL This is a lovely toner for soothing and toning the skin after cleansing and if you feel your skin needs a refresher during the day. Decided to try a few fresh recipes without some of the essential oils and waxes, just for a change! LOL

        Cheers for all your great support it is always valued highly!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Carol,

        Cheers, glad you enjoyed the simplicity in this. I am working on the combination/oily versions now for both cleanser and toner and then a few pumpkin ones I think! Sorry if overloading you! LOL heading to my brother's moblie home this Sat for overnight by the beach, can't wait. The break will do us all good!! It is about 90 mins away by the sea and my dad is heading too and we all will be having a bar -b -que and chilling. Sea will be cold but may just take a dip!! Cheers for all the support, pinning and sharing!!

      • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Chitrangada,

        Thanks so much for taking time to comment on this, glad you enjoyed it! Cucumbers are wonderful to use for the skin and our health. Cheers for voting and for pinning this!

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        Kathryn 

        5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

        I read this just in time to put the ingredients on my shopping list!

        Thanks for sharing this wonderful toner recipe with us. I love that it matches the cleanser one you made already!

        Have a wonderful day.

        ~ Kathryn

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        carol stanley 

        5 years ago from Arizona

        This is really easy and I just may have to include in my book. I am thinking of expanding more of these wonderful beauty solutions. You are truly amazing and As I have said many times I look forward to the next one. Pinning and sharing this around.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Wow! Your pictures are awesome. And the hub as always is so well done and interesting information provided by you about cucumber.

        Thanks for sharing! Voted up and pinned!

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