Beauty | December 20th 2016

DIY Skin Toners to Get Rid of Blackheads

Most people will agree that blackheads are an annoying skin problem. They happen when a buildup of sebum in your pores interacts with the air, unlike pimples that are caused by dirt and sweat in the pores. While you can use pore strips to clear out your pores, why not prevent them in the first place?

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Skin toner is a product you can use after washing your face that will clear up your pores and close them up to prevent any more buildups. Instead of risking scarring from using a blackhead removal tool, you can use these all natural DIY toners to clear your skin and give you a healthy glow.

Lemon Toner

What You Need

  • Lemon juice
  • Spray bottle
  • Cotton balls

The citrus juice from lemons will not only tighten pores, but will also have an anti-microbial effect that will clear out your pores. Squeeze the juice from a lemon (or use a lemon juice concentrate) into a spray bottle. Spray it onto a cotton ball and swipe across your skin.

Lemon juice on its own can be a little harsh. It can temporarily lighten skin and make you more sensitive to the sun, so make sure you’re applying sunscreen before leaving the house. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to dilute the lemon juice with some water to avoid irritation.

Or you can use Michael Todd Organic Lemon AHA + DMAE Anti Wrinkle Toner. This toner combines the effects of the citrus juice to clear your skin and keep you oil-free and an aloe vera base to keep your skin from drying out.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea Toner

What You Need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Green tea
  • Cotton balls

We’ve talked about one of our favorite power ingredients before, apple cider vinegar. You can use it as a base for your skin toner to reach deep into your pores to draw out dirt, dead skin, and oil. Combine it with either mint or green tea to reduce redness, inflammation, and tighten pores.

If you use green tea, you’ll want to combine three parts green tea to one part apple cider vinegar. The green tea can also repair skin damage and smooth out wrinkles. Steep the green tea and let it cool before combining with the ACV in a spray bottle. Then you just spray onto a cotton ball and rub into your skin. This mixture can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Or you can try 3LAB ‘Perfect’ Balancing Toner. It uses green tea and gingko biloba as anti-oxidants to clear your pores. It’s an alcohol-free and fragrance-free that is safe to use on sensitive skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Mint Toner

What You Need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Chopped mint
  • Water
  • Cotton balls

If you use mint in your ACV toner, the process is just a little bit different. To infuse the mint into the vinegar, you’ll need to chop an equal amount of mint as the amount of ACV. Mix together and let sit for one week.

When you’re ready to use, you’ll need to strain it into your spray bottle first, and then you can dilute with water. The more sensitive your skin, the more you should dilute. Just like with the other toners, you’re going to spray a cotton ball to rub into your skin after cleaning your face. Leave it on overnight, rinse in the morning, and remember to moisturize.

Or you can use Baxter of California Skin 1.2.3 Kit. This kit comes with a face wash, toner, and moisturizer that utilizes menthol to leave you with clear and smooth skin.

If you choose to create your own toner, you can customize your toner with essential oils that target acne and leave you smelling delicious. Try orange essential oil to stimulate collagen production, or lavender essential oil as another anti-inflammatory.