Homemade Toners For Oily Skin-10 Easy and Quick Natural Recipes!

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Why homemade toners for oily skin?

Along with cleansing and moisturizing, toning is an essential step in skin care routine. Most over the counter toners contain alcohol and other chemicals that strip off natural oils and make skin irritable.

Natural ingredients are full of essential nutrients that restore, heal and protect the skin without being harsh on it. Toners for oily skin are simple 1 or 2 ingredient recipes that are easy, effective and pocket friendly.

Why Tone the skin?

  • Toning absorbs excess oil, impurities and bacteria. Thereby, it shrinks large pores and tightens skin.
  • Restores the skins pH balance destroyed by harsh chemicals and other factors such as dust, heat and pollution.
  • When used before applying make-up, toner preps the skin to let the foundation stay longer and look even toned.
  • Clears out the residue left by cleansers and detoxifies the skin.

Homemade toners for oily skin

1.Tea Toners

Green tea and chamomile tea are excellent natural toners for oily acne prone skin. Green tea is rich in anti-oxidants and polyphenols that fight signs of aging. Lightens spots and scars, it also aids in skin tightening.

Chamomile tea is great for sensitive skin thus it soothes redness, rashes, sunburn and irritability.

  • To prepare, boil 1 cup water and add 1 tsp of tea leaves to it.
  • Let them steep for few minutes.
  • Strain and let the tea cool down. Your toner is ready.
  • Soak a cotton pad in it and gently dab your face for few minutes. Let the skin soak the benefits of green/chamomile tea.
  • Wash it off after 15-20 minutes and apply moisturizer afterwards.

You can use readily available tea bags as well.

2. Cucumber

Cucumber is an amazing and refreshing toner especially during summers. It gently absorbs excess oil and dirt from skin. It cools and nourishes the skin while adding natural glow to it.

  • Grate a cucumber and squeeze out its juice or simply rub cucumber slices for 5 minutes.
  • If you take out the juice, you can pour and refrigerate the remaining mixture.
  • Just dip the cotton pad in cucumber juice and massage on a cleansed face.
  • Wash it off after 15 minutes.
  • For acne prone skin add few drops of lemon juice in cucumber juice as the citric acid and vitamin C in lemon fights bacteria and prevents pimples.

3. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has lot of nutrients and properties that benefit both skin and hair immensely. It contains ascetic acid and malic acid(derived from apples) that replenish and restore skin texture. Its also anti-bacterial and anti-septic. It fights off acne by clearing out bacteria, dirt and oil from the pores quite effectively.

  • Dilute one part ACV with four parts of filtered water.
  • Gently dab the mixture with a cotton pad on your skin in circular motions.

4.Rose water

homemade toners for oily skin

Rose water is another great natural astringent to cleanse pores. You can use organic rose water or make it at home.

To make rose water, wash the petals first then add 1 cup petals to 1 cup boiling water. Let them steep on low flame. Once the petals leave their color, strain them. When rose water cools down store it in refrigerator.

  • Simply soak a cotton ball in rose water and wipe your face with it.
  • Let it dry, then moisturize.
  • You can also make an amazing spray by mixing rose water with plain water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, whenever you feel tired just spray some to instantly freshen up and cool the skin.
  • Alternatively, add a tsp of rose water in your moisturizer for added benefits.

6. Neem toner

homemade toners for oily skin

Neem works wonder for acne prone skin owing to its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and other medicinal properties. Personally i have used Neem to cure my acne and it has shown great results.

  • Boil handful of pre-washed neem leaves in 1 cup water, cover the sauce pan with a lid.
  • Let the water boil on low flame for 5-6 minutes.
  • Strain the leaves.
  • When neem water cools down dip a cotton ball in it and wipe your face for few minutes.

Additional tip – Due to medicinal properties neem water is excellent as an after shampoo rinse to cure dandruff and other scalp related issues too.

(Related post7 neem remedies for hair and scalp)

7. Yogurt

Yogurt is rich in lactic acid and good bacteria that fights off acne by absorbing excess oil and impurities. It also nourishes the skin at the same time.

Use unflavored plain yogurt. Saturate cotton pad in it and apply on the face while massaging for few minutes. Wash it off when it drys. It will make the skin smooth and oil free.


Tomato not only absorbs oil but it also lightens pigmentation, age spots and scars.

  • Simply rub a tomato peel on skin(to remove tan you can use it on hands and neck as well).
  • Another option is tomato juice/ pulp, this way you can add lemon juice or rose water to it too.
  • Leave it on skin for 20 minutes then wash your face with cool water.
  • Don’t forget to moisturize!

9. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is quite popular already for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It prevents wrinkles, fine lines, fights acne and maintains skin elasticity.

  • Scoop out fresh aloe vera gel from its plant or use organic aloe vera gel.
  • Apply the gel and gently massage for few minutes.
  • Then let it sit for 20-30 minutes before washing.

10. Ice cubes(My favorite)

Ice cubes soothe sensitive skin, shrink pore size, smooth out wrinkles and act as primer if applied before make-up. Its the simplest,yet most effective skin care natural remedy(at least for me).

  • Just rub ice cubes made of filtered water on a cleansed face for 3-4 minutes daily.
  • When the skin soaks ice water, moisturize as usual.
  • You can also make green tea, rose water or cucumber juice ice cubes for extra nourishment.

For more ice cube recipes and its benefits you can read my full post on ice cubes HERE.

Additional tips

  • Oily skin is prone to acne therefore its important to maintain good skin hygiene. Wash your face twice daily.
  • Use light chemical free make-up, cleansers and water based moisturizers that do not clog pores.
  • Drink lots of water, fresh juices and smoothies to flush out toxins and keep the skin hydrated naturally.
  • Always wear sunscreen.
  • Avoid junk food and consume fresh produce as oily food aggravates skin conditions like acne.
  • Don’t forget to use toners 🙂

Do share your favorite homemade toners for oily skin/feed back/query with us by commenting below!

None of this can be considered as dermatological advice as the post is based on personal usage and online research!


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