I absolutely adore this recipe for a facial toner you can make at home that's every bit as therapeutic and decadent as a fancy store-bought one for a fraction of the cost. Antioxidant-rich green tea reduces inflammation and redness and minimizes the impact of environmental stressors on the skin (like pollutants and sun damage). Rose water is soothing and hydrating to give skin a healthy glow. Witch hazel is an astringent that minimizes pores and improves skin tone and elasticity. I love this toner year-round, but really notice how much my skin loves soaking it up during the summer months when I tend to spend a lot more time in the sun.
1/2 tsp organic green tea (loose-leaf tea or cut open a tea bag)
1/4 cup witch hazel distillate
1/2 cup rose water
1/2 tsp organic vegetable glycerin
Please note that rose hydrosol is made from steam distilling rose petals. Cheap imitations simply add rose aroma to water. Find the good stuff at a health food store or herbal dispensary. Also note that there are many alcohol-free versions of witch hazel sold in heath food stores (which means there's usually a weird preservative involved) and this is not as therapeutic as witch hazel distillate which is infused into alcohol. I prefer the traditional version over alcohol-free ones for the skin.
You can find the full instructions at Clean Eating Magazine.
I love applying this toner after washing my face and before applying makeup. It also works really well to distribute a serum onto the skin. Apply toner and then use a few drops of serum spreading over the entire face and neck for glowing skin. Enjoy!