We’ve spoken about all the amazing skin benefits of green tea in our latest blog series, Green Tea For Skin, and we’ve covered some fun recipes in P2: Scrubs, Serums & Masks. Now it's time to make some green tea toners. Toners are the first step in skin hydration following a good cleanse and exfoliation, and help to prep your skin for moisturisers. A good toner will be packed with ingredients that hydrate, plump and glow your skin, as well as bringing it to its natural slightly acid state (yes our skin is acidic).
Ingredient actives that you would want to include in your toner are humectants (moisture givers), antioxidants, hydrators, skin calmers and any good acids such as hyaluronic acid, lactic acid and the alpha-hydroxy acids.
Green tea covers just about all of these functions on its own, but it is nice to include other ingredients too. We recommend vegetable glycerin, D-panthenol and hydrolyzed wheat protein as hydrating agents, humectants and skin conditioners.
Other ingredients to add would have a toning and even astringent action, such as witch hazel (the original oily skin toner), apple cider vinegar, lemongrass infusion, or essential oils such as lemon, grapefruit or bergamot.
If you decide to add any essential oils, add in some OliveM 300 too as it can act as a light solubiliser.
Toners are user-friendly to make and you can’t go wrong using a combination of the ingredients mentioned in the previous section. Here is a basic customisable green tea toner recipe to get you started.
90ml green tea infusion, or if using, green tea + another botanical infusion, or hydrosol
½ tsp allantoin (optional but I highly recommend it for a moisturised and silky skin feel)
The first step is always to prepare your infusions. Sterilise all your utensils with boiling water then measure out a teaspoon of botanical powder, cover with freshly boiled and slightly cooled filtered water, leave to infuse for at least half an hour, then filter and preserve.
Once you have your infusions ready, combine all the ingredients together, stirring gently after each addition. Lastly, you may want to test the pH with test strips and if necessary, add a tiny pinch of citric acid. You are looking for a pH of around 5.5. You can store your toner in the fridge (I like the cold feeling on my skin), or keep it in a cool cupboard. To use, pour some on a cotton pleat or pad and dab on your skin.
The added allantoin here really gives your skin a moisturised, silky and hydrated feel - it’s one of our new favourite products! The rose infusion makes this an ultra delicate and gentle toner that is particularly good on mature skin.
¼ c I 65% green tea infusion
⅓ tsp I 1% allantoin
1 drop I 1% vegetable glycerin
2ml I 2% hyaluronic acid (1 squirt of the pipette should do it)
Orange blossom has a deliciously heady scent that combines nicely with the light, fresh green tea. This recipe will have your kitchen smelling like a floral paradise while you make it up, and feels oh-so-lovely on skin.
¼ c green tea infusion
½ tsp allantoin
1 drop vegetable glycerin
2ml hyaluronic acid (1 squirt of the pipette should do it)
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