Green tea has anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and antioxidant properties. This means that green tea may be beneficial for a wide-range of skin problems and for your skin’s general health. You can easily make a toner using freshly brewed green tea to gain these benefits. Add optional ingredients to customize your toner and use it twice daily for best results.
1 green tea bag or 1 teaspoon (5 g) of loose green tea
of boiling water
of lemon juice (optional)
of honey (optional)
of apple cider vinegar (optional)
of witch hazel (optional)
3-5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
30 drops of tea tree oil (optional)
30 drops of lavender oil (optional)Makes approximately of toner
[Edit]Making a Basic Green Tea Toner
Add 1 green tea bag or 1 teaspoon (5 g) of loose green tea to a mug. Use plain green tea and unwrap the bag. Then, place the bag into the mug. If you’re using loose leaf tea, measure out the tea and add it directly to the mug.
You may use regular or organic green tea, if desired.
Pour of boiling water over the tea. Bring the water to a boil in a tea kettle or in the microwave in a microwave safe container. Then, pour the water over the tea.You may use filtered water or tap water.
Steep the tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir the tea bag or leaves around after you first add the water, and then allow the tea to sit undisturbed for the rest of the steeping time.
If needed, you may steep the tea for up to 10 minutes. Since you won’t be drinking it, you don’t have to worry about it becoming bitter.
Transfer the tea to an air-tight container that can hold . If you are using loose green tea leaves, pour the tea through a strainer or coffee filter directly into an air-tight container. If you used a teabag, grasp the string and pull out the teabag. Then, pour the liquid into your container.If you plan to add other ingredients, use an airtight container than can hold or more.
You may also use a small, clean spray bottle to store the green tea toner.[Edit]Adding Optional Ingredients
Add of lemon juice for skin-brightening benefits. Purchase a fresh lemon in a grocery store, cut it in half, and squeeze the juice from it for fresh-squeeze lemon juice. You can also find containers of preserved lemon juice in small plastic bottles in the produce section of many grocery stores, but fresh lemon juice is best. Measure out the lemon juice and add it directly to the container with your green tea. Then, place the lid or cap on the container and shake well to combine the ingredients.Lemon juice helps to brighten your skin tone, so this may be a good option if your skin has been looking dull or if you have age spots.
Pour in of apple cider vinegar for pH balancing effects. You can purchase apple cider vinegar in a grocery store or online. Stir the apple cider vinegar in with the green tea, and then replace the lid on the container.Use regular or raw apple cider vinegar if you prefer.
Apple cider vinegar will help to balance the pH of your skin and gently exfoliate it as well.
Stir in of honey for anti-aging benefits. Make sure to add the honey while the tea is still warm or it may not blend well. You can use regular honey or a special honey, such as manuka honey, for extra anti-aging benefits. Keep stirring until the honey is completely dissolved in the green tea.
Mix in of witch hazel for a stronger astringent. Pour the witch hazel into the jar or spray bottle, replace the cap, and shake the container to combine the ingredients. Witch hazel helps to cleanse your pores and balance the pH of your skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it may help to reduce any redness or puffiness in your face.
You can purchase witch hazel in the first aid section of most drug and grocery stores.
Keep in mind that some types of witch hazel contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin. Check the labels on any witch hazel you purchase to ensure that it’s alcohol-free.
Add 3-5 drops of vitamin E oil to soothe irritated skin. You can purchase vitamin E oil or vitamin E filled capsules in the supplements section of a grocery store. Add the drops or break open a capsule and add it to the container or spray bottle. Replace the lid and shake well before using.This will add moisturizing properties to the toner, so it’s a good option if your skin is dry or sensitive.
Include up to 30 drops of tea tree oil for a natural acne treatment. You can purchase tea tree oil in the beauty supply section of many grocery stores or online. Add the drops and then replace the lid on the jar or spray bottle. Shake well to combine the ingredients.Tea tree oil is a potent ingredient for acne-prone skin.
Don’t use more than the recommended number of drops as this may irritate your skin.
Mix in up to 30 drops of lavender oil for a relaxing scent. Purchase lavender essential oil in a grocery store or online. Add the desired amount of drops to the container, but don’t exceed 30 drops as too much of the oil can irritate your skin. Then, replace the lid and shake well.
Lavender has a calming scent, so this might be a good option to make your facial cleansing routine more relaxing.[Edit]Using Green Tea Toner
Allow the green tea to cool before using it. The tea will be very hot right after you brew it. Allow it to sit at room temperature for 1 hour to ensure that it is no longer hot. To speed up the cooling process, place the container into the refrigerator. It’s safe to use once it is lukewarm or cool.
Store your toner in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The toner will keep longer if you keep it cold, so place the container in your refrigerator. Keeping the toner chilled will also make it feel more refreshing when you use it.
If you don’t want to keep your toner in the refrigerator, plan to make a new batch once every 3 days.
Wash your face before applying the toner. Wet your face with warm water and work a gentle cleanser around your skin with your fingertips. Then, rinse your face thoroughly and pat it dry with a clean, dry towel.
Apply your homemade green tea toner with a cotton ball or spray bottle. If you transferred the toner to a jar or other air-tight container, dip a cotton ball into it and rub the wet cotton ball across your face. Rub the green tea all over your face except for your eyelids. If you are using a spray bottle, just close your eyes and spritz your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin with the green tea toner.Repeat this twice daily after washing your face.
Moisturize your skin as usual after applying the green tea toner. Make sure to apply facial lotion to your skin immediately after using the toner, while your skin is still a little damp. This will help to lock in moisture and make your skin feel soft and supple.Keep in mind that toner is not a substitute for moisturizer, even if you added vitamin E oil to it.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
Measuring cup and spoons
Air-tight container or small spray bottle
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