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Skin toner is often overlooked in beauty regimes. However, it is the most essential step that would contribute towards maintaining healthy skin. A gentle, soothing cleanser removes oil, dirt and grime. For those with large pores, taking a small amount of toner on a cotton ball and blotting the skin would help get tighter, visibly smaller pores.

This tightening of pores and cell gaps would in turn reduces the chance of pollutants and contaminants entering the skin and clogging the pores. This would reduce the breakouts on the surface of the skin. Also, toner helps restore the pH balance of the skin disrupted by soap in the cleanser, which gives rise to oily texture. Toners are also known to add moisture to skin, prevent the ingrown hairs and can be used as a stand-in for washing the face.

However, most toners available in the market contain ingredients that end up hurting the skin than improving it. The alcohol in most toners induces the skin to dry up resulting in flakes and fragrances that can irritate the skin. There could also be additional harmful ingredients that damage the skin in the long run. The best solution is to use an all natural homemade toner, which would boost the complexion along the way. They are easy to make and more effective than those bought from the market.

Lemon juice

Cut a fresh lemon in half and extract the juice. Take a few drops of this juice to a cotton swab and apply all over the face. Instead of lemon juice it is possible to apply the lemon peel as well. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off with water. In addition to being easy and a fast method of toning, it also removes oil and whitens the skin. So, those with dry skin may as well stay away from lemon.

Cucumber and yoghurt

Take a fresh cucumber and grate it. Then, add half a cup of yoghurt to this and mix well. Apply on the face and leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off with water. This toner can be used by those with oily skin as well as dry skin. The remainder of the toner can be stored in the fridge.

White vinegar

Combine water and white vinegar in equal amounts. Your toner is now ready. Take a cotton ball and dip it in the mixture. Then, squeeze lightly to remove the excess and wipe your face and neck. This also should be avoided by those with dry skin.

Mint leaves

Take a hand full of mint leaves and pour a litre and a half of warm water over these leaves. Let it sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, strain the water and leave it to cool. Use a cotton ball dipped in the solution to tone your face.

Honey, lemon and egg

Take an egg and beat it until it becomes thick. Then, add one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of freshly extracted lemon juice to this egg. Mix well. Apply on face and neck. Avoid the eye and lip area. Let it sit for 10 minutes and wash off with water.

Camphor and rosewater

Take 750 ml of rosewater and add a pinch of camphor powder into this bottle. Mix well. This solution can be used as a skin toner. Use a cotton ball dipped in this solution to cleanse the face with your home made toner. This could even be used for two or three times a day. It is excellent for oily skin, prone to acne and breakouts.