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


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 :)


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

  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?

  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

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

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

  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

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

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

  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.

  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 ^_^

  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

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

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

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


  15. I have to try it !
    amazing post, and really great blog :)
    What do you think, of following each other ?

  16. That is great ! Do try it :)
    Already following you ^_^

  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 :(

    1. Hi anonymous,
      You can add some organic honey to the mixture and some baking soda or aspirin too. refer to the link pleas, it might be able to help you :)

  18. I am loving your blog!
    I just followed on GFC. Follow back?
    I'd really appreciate it:)

  19. we need to wash off the toner after applying??? Or just let it dry.....thx....

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

  21. can v use this before steppping out?

  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

  23. Do we have to use aroma oils?