Hibiscus DIY Toner

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What’s a hibiscus DIY toner got to do with anti-aging skin care?

We all know a face toner is an essential step in our daily skincare routine, rather it’s a DIY toner or not. Because it clears impurities, tightening pores, balances oil production, and calms the skin after cleansing.  I’ve been making my own toner for years.  One, I regularly apply between cleansing and moisturizing.  

But, what if you combined all the goodness of a basic face toner with anti-aging properties? 

That’s just what I did! I recently created a DIY toner that is highly effective in strengthening the skin against aging. And the good news is, you can make this face toner recipe at home without any fuss! 

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All in all this DIY toner is one of my best summer skin care tools. I know you’ll love it too - here’s how to make a hibiscus toner!

How Does this Anti-Aging Skin Care Hack Work?

Let me show you how this little homemade bottle of the best toner for aging skin works. You’ll quickly see the immense benefits this face toner recipe has to offer with each ingredient. 

Hibiscus 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “There’s no flower like hibiscus”! Fine lines, dark spots, sun damage, or uneven skin tone? Say hello to the one and only botox plant – hibiscus!! 

As I shared with my homemade anti-aging face mask, hibiscus contains a very high amount of antioxidants powerful against free radicals – often the culprit for premature aging.  And it’s filled with collagen-boosting properties to increase skin elasticity, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that speed up cell turn-over and firm the skin for a natural youthful boost.  

Not to mention, that delicate pink hue comes from steeping hibiscus in witch hazel. And the longer you allow the hibiscus to infuse with the witch hazel the brighter the pink color your DIY toner will be! 

Witch Hazel

Why witch hazel? It is a powerful natural astringent that lifts impurities, bacteria, and excess oil from the skin. All in addition to minimizing pores, restoring PH balance, and improving skin tone and elasticity. 

For this anti-aging DIY toner I choose coconut water witch hazel to fortify the skin structure with its collagen-producing Vitamin C and wrinkle-fighting cytokinins. Talk about a youthful glow! 

And it does all the above without over-drying. Coconut water witch hazel is recommended for normal, mature, and dry skin types. Do you know your skin type? Take our quiz! Then find witch hazel options for your skin in our natural skincare supplies index.  

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Aloe Vera

Many women swear by the benefits of aloe vera, myself included. In fact, I wrote an entire article on the benefits of aloe vera for skin and hair. Concluding aloe vera benefits for skin range from antibacterial agents that help clear acne to antioxidants and minerals such as beta carotene, vitamins E and C that improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

And let us not forget the ability of aloe vera to calm and soothe irritated or sunburned skin. This homemade toner calls for aloe vera juice for ease of application, but you can substitute it for aloe vera gel

Rose Water

Like aloe vera, rose water is packed with an incredible amount of benefits for the skin. The Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians knew it and used rose for skincare treatments. As a high source of Vitamin C, rose water is still used to this day to soothe, soften, brighten, and tighten the skin.

It’s one of the ways I support my appearance of youthful-looking skin while promoting an overall healthy complexion. Find more of my favorite DIY beauty recipes with rose water here

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All together you get a wide range of benefits packed into one little bottle of DIY toner! 

Don’t have mature skin? Neither do I, but it’s never too early to start providing your skin with tools to prevent sun damage and boost cell turn-over. I created this hibiscus face toner recipe with the summer months in mind. I enjoy spending hours of the day outdoors tending to my herb garden, journaling, reading, hiking, foraging, or just sipping lavender lemonade in the sunshine. 

And Did You Know…

This DIY toner doubles as a face mist to keep your skin cool and calm during the warmer months of summer. I keep a small mist bottle in my handbag or clutch to hydrate and rejuvenate my skin when I need it most. All in all this hibiscus toner is one of my best summer skin care tools. And I know you’ll love it too – so here’s how to make it! 

All in all this DIY toner is one of my best summer skin care tools. And I know you’ll love it too - here’s how to make a hibiscus toner.

How to Make Hibiscus DIY Toner

Anti-Aging Face Toner Ingredients:

2 ounces coconut witch hazel

1/2 teaspoon hibiscus powder

1 1/2 ounces aloe vera juice

1 tablespoon rose water

5 drops Elemi essential oil (substitute Frankincense) 

5 drops Geranium essential oil 

1 empty tea bag

1 4-ounce fine mist spray bottle 

Hibiscus Homemade Toner Instructions: 

1. First, in order to get that delicate pink color scoop a ½ teaspoon of hibiscus powder into an empty tea bag. Then pour 2 ounces of coconut witch hazel into a liquid measuring cup. Place the hibiscus filled tea bag into the witch hazel. Let steep for 15 minutes to infuse hibiscus.

2. After steeping carefully remove the tea bag to avoid getting anything grainy in the witch hazel and dispose or compost. Then pour 1 1/2 ounces of aloe vera juice and 1 tablespoon of rose water into the toner mixture. 

3. Add 5 drops each of Elemi and Geranium essential oils into the toner and stir to combine. 

4. Using a funnel slowly pour the hibiscus toner into a 4-ounce fine mist spray bottle.  Then place the spray nozzle on the bottle and shake to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients. 

If you spend a lot of time soaking up the sun in the summer months, you’ll find this hibiscus DIY toner is perfect for summer skin care! And with the simplicity of making this toner recipe at home, you’ll never run out! 

Print this DIY toner recipe to make it now or Pin it for later to provide your skin a healthy glow with all the anti-aging benefits!! 

You can make this face toner recipe at home without any fuss! Follow my DIY toner instructions for a soothing hibiscus toner and mist - perfect for summer skin care.

Hibiscus DIY Toner

Yield: 4 ounces
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

You can make this face toner recipe at home without any fuss! Follow my DIY toner instructions for a soothing hibiscus toner and mist - perfect for summer skin care.

Materials

  • 2 ounces coconut witch hazel
  • 1/2 teaspoon hibiscus powder
  • 1 1/2 ounces aloe vera juice
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 5 drops Elemi essential oil (substitute Frankincense)
  • 5 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 1 empty tea bag
  • 1 4-ounce fine mist spray bottle

Instructions

  1. First, in order to get that delicate pink color scoop a ½ teaspoon of hibiscus powder into an empty tea bag. Then pour 2 ounces of coconut witch hazel into a liquid measuring cup. Place the hibiscus filled tea bag into the witch hazel. Let steep for 15 minutes to infuse hibiscus.
  2. After steeping carefully remove the tea bag to avoid getting anything grainy in the witch hazel and dispose or compost. Then pour 1 1/2 ounces of aloe vera juice and 1 tablespoon of rose water into the toner mixture. 
  3. Add 5 drops each of Elemi and Geranium essential oils into the toner and stir to combine. 
  4. Using a funnel slowly pour the hibiscus toner into a 4-ounce fine mist spray bottle.  Then place the spray nozzle on the bottle and shake to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients. 

Notes

If you spend a lot of time soaking up the sun in the summer months, you’ll find this hibiscus DIY toner is perfect for summer skin care!

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When should we apply toner?

When it comes to how to use face toner, it is best applied morning and night after cleansing and before applying a serum or moisturizer like my aloe vera face cream recipe. There are two ways you can apply this hibiscus DIY toner.

1. Spritz a reusable cotton round or add a few drops of toner to it and gently glide the cotton round over your face in circular motions to remove impurities and excess oil, while balancing the skin.

2. Use this homemade toner as a face mist by simply spritzing your face, neck, or decolletage for cool, calm, hydrated skin. It’s a spa-worthy experience if you ask me! 

What are the Benefits of using this Hibiscus DIY Toner?

  • Tightens Pores
  • Calms and Soothes the Skin
  • Boosts Cell Turn-Over for Younger-Looking Skin
  • Contains the Anti-Aging Benefits of Hibiscus and Rose
  • Freshly Made With Real Ingredients
  • Lifts Impurities 
  • Helps Improve Skin Elasticity 
  • Removes Excess Oil
  • Brightens Skin Tone 

Did I mention this DIY toner smells like a secret garden? My four-year-old daughter said it smells like bubbles, soap, and flowers. I have to agree, I love using this toner recipe as a face mist too if not just for the scent! I even made an extra bottle for my mother a small handmade gift that feels like a luxury. 

Make a bottle of hibiscus toner for yourself today and tag #lifenreflection on Instagram to share it with me!

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2 Comments

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    Rachael seim

    What is the shelf life on this? In my experience anything with aloe juice and flower water goes back quick. Thanks!

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      I always use mine up in one to two months without any problems. You can store in the fridge to prolong it.

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