Monday, July 4, 2011

Toner that changed my life ( With step by step pic tutorial)





Hello lovelies ,
Hope you're having a great Monday :)

In the last few months I have been using an amazing cheap homemade toner. You might have heard a lot about it , its none other than The Green Tea Toner

And to be very honest , this has worked wonders for my skin .

The importance and effectiveness of toners has been long debated.

I would say to each his own. I swear by the cardinal rule of skincare - The CTM


Cleansing 
Toning 
Moisturizing


Without any toner/Liquid after cleansing , my face seems lifeless , I have to use a toner , be it the plain old rose water .

I tried many in past few months , Fab India , Aroma Magic. Ponds white beauty and even the oriflame one .

None of them made such huge difference to my skin




Let me tell you something about green tea now :)




Green tea - said to pre­vent heart dis­ease and can­cer, gum dis­ease, skin aging and weight loss. Studies have shown that tea polyphe­nols can pro­tect against the effects of many ill­nesses. Tea comes in black, green and white and the dif­fer­ence comes in the har­vest­ing and pro­cess­ing. In par­tic­u­lar, skin is said to ben­e­fit from top­i­cal appli­ca­tion of green tea as well.

Green tea con­tains antiox­i­dants and anti-inflammatory ele­ments and top­i­cal green tea polyphe­nols will likely slow down the aging process. Sun pro­tec­tion ben­e­fits of green tea have been doc­u­mented and thus apply­ing a green tea for­mula under your sun­screen is helpful. That said, it is best if com­bined with zinc oxide-based sunscreens.







I have been using this toner since past two months and it has done wonders


  • My pores are more refined
  • My skin more glowy
  • I break out less often 
  • I noticed fewer blackheads/whiteheads on my nose ( this might be due to the fact that I use a teeny bit of baking soda in my toner)This is more than I can ask from a toner and I'm super duper happy :D


I use the following recipe for my combination/oily acne prone skin.

Here's my step by step Green tea toner tutorial
You will need :-
  • 1 cup boiled water
  • 1 spoon green tea leaves / 1 green tea bag
  • Juice from a lemon half
  • 1tbsp Baking soda
  • Honey/tea tree oil (according to your liking)
  • Container to store the toner









  • Take a cup filled with hot water , immerse the tea bag for 5 minutes
















  • Squeeze Juice of half lemon





























  • Add 1 Tea spoon of Baking Soda to the mixture













The toner should look something like this





Refigerate and use



I store this toner in fridge . I make a fresh batch in every 10 days . You can add honey/ baking soda/aroma oils according to your skin type :)
For reference , You may add a spoon of honey , if you have dry skin
Skip Baking soda if you sensitive skin
Add tea tree oil/baking soda for blemish / acne prone skin


I hope you'll try it . Let me know how it turns out :)

26 comments:

  1. fabulous..i too have acne prone skin so i ll definitely try this..

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  2. This sounds amazing! I'm so going to try it.
    But few questions - lemon makes the skin photo sensitive, so doesn't it have a bleaching effect? Also, does it burn/irritate the skin? Do you avoid using this around the eye area? And how many drops of tea tree EO?

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  3. @pavani - Do let me know how it works for you :)
    @poohkie- I dont use it around eye area , actually I NEVER use any toner near my eye.
    tolerance to lemon varies according to person .I suffer from frequent tans, so I regularly use lemon in my face packs and toner and it doesnt sting, for me , it clears my horrible tan :D
    Do perform a patch test of this toner before use .
    Make sure to use the toner only at night, if you include lemon , like you said it makes your skin photosensitive ..
    For day use the normal green tea toner without lemon .
    if I include tea tree oil , I make sure not to exceed 2 drops . Again , it depends how much your skin responds to that particular oil :)
    Do let me know if you have more questions :D

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  4. what a fab tut. i love DIY skin care. Thanks Palak.

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  5. This is awesome.I mix the green tea concoction with rose water and use, but this one is much better.

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  6. Wow! That is such an wholesome toner.. I honestly don't like using a toner, doesn't do much for me.. but then they all are store bought so maybe that's why. Will make this over the weekend :D... Thks for sharing :D

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  7. Hey Palak thats a great idea!! i love DIY tricks like this:) will try it for sure:)

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  8. I am definitely gonna try this! thanks a lot for sharing this amazing tut! xoxo

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  9. Thanks Palak. I think I'll make the first batch without lemon or tea tree. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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  10. AOYV - Me too .I read this recipe on some random site and since then I'm in love :D
    Sonia - I used to use Rose water , But it didnt do anything good for my skin :|
    Tanveer - Yo Tanny ! I read about ypouir philosphy on that C(m)ME Post nd couldnt agree more , now even I ont like to 'buy" toners :D
    beautufier and make up mantra - Do try it babes :)
    Poohkie - Thats great . I hope it works for you ^_^

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  11. hey !!! this is my kind of post..i have used green tea toner many times but never added honey and baking soda in it..i am definitely going to try this
    :)

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  12. dats nice palak..wud try sumtym :))

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  13. this is nice post palak and i must say very helpful honey :D :D
    must give this a shot

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  14. WOW WOW! Love this toner <3
    All natural <3

    Love
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  15. I have to try it !
    amazing post, and really great blog :)
    What do you think, of following each other ?
    xoxo
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  16. That is great ! Do try it :)
    Already following you ^_^

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  17. i have reddish face and pimples in it, can i still use those mixtures?
    or green tea alone will help to remove those skin problems?
    i badly need help cause i'm suffering a lot, i can't go out with this kind of face :(

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    1. Hi anonymous,
      You can add some organic honey to the mixture and some baking soda or aspirin too.
      http://teenagerwoes.blogspot.in/2010/03/update.html refer to the link pleas, it might be able to help you :)

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  18. I am loving your blog!
    I just followed on GFC. Follow back?
    I'd really appreciate it:)
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  19. hi..do we need to wash off the toner after applying??? Or just let it dry.....thx....

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  20. Could you possibly add tea tree oil to this too? Maybe like two drops?

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  21. can v use this before steppping out?

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  22. as i have extremely oily skin,soon after i step out my face bcomes cherry red n shiny,can i use this green tea+lemon+bakng soda formulated toner on face n step in to sun

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  23. Do we have to use aroma oils?

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