07 October 2014

Green Tea Toner Recipe for Acne Prone Skin or Oily Skin

Do you use a toner every day?  If you have oily or acne prone skin, then you should.  A toner helps dissolve excess oil and nourishes your skin, which makes you skin feel softer, look better, and have less breakouts.  This is an easy green tea toner recipe that you can make in less than half an hour with easy to find ingredients.

Always apply toner to clean skin.  Wash your face as usual and pat dry with a clean towel.  Apply the toner with a cotton pad or cotton ball.  Use your favorite moisturizer immediately after using the toner.  You should use a toner morning and night to prevent breakouts and keep your skin nourished.

Each ingredient was added for a specific purpose.  After the recipe, I'll explain what each one is used for and why they are important.

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DIY Green Tea Toner Recipe

Green tea toner recipe.

What You Need

  1. Heat one cup of water to 140 to 185 degrees.  Unlike black tea, you don't want to get the water too hot because boiling water destroys some of the benefits of green tea.  You can either stop the heat on the water when it is steaming but not boiling or boil it and let it cool down again. 
    This is my Belle from Beauty and the Beast tea cup that I only use for coffee.  
  2. Steep the tea bag in the hot water for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Pour tea in to a medium size glass bowl (I used my 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup).  
  4. Add the remainder of the ingredients and stir well.  To use the Vitamin E, pierce the capsule with a pin and squeeze the oil in to the mixture. It will bubble when you add the baking soda, which is really fun.  
  5. Let cool completely before you add it to a glass or plastic bottle.
To use this green tea toner recipe, wipe over your face with a cotton ball after cleansing.  This will last 8 days at room temperature and up to 2 weeks in the fridge.  


  • Green tea is a powerful antioxidant.  It also helps keep your skin looking fresh and can help reduce acne.  
  • Lemon juice can help improve uneven skin tone and brighten your skin.
  • Honey is a natural emollient, which means it pulls moisture from the air and helps nourish your skin.  It is also naturally antibacterial.  I used local honey to stimulate the local economy.  The honey didn't make me sticky per se, but I could feel it on my skin for a while.  I'm a freak who can feel mascara and nail polish, so it may be just me.  Nevertheless, I'll use 1 tablespoon next time.  
  • Witch hazel cleans and tones.
  • Vitamin E nourishes your skin.  
  • Tea tree oil naturally kills bacteria and fungi, which can improve acne.
  • Baking soda dissolves oil.
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