Lately, I’ve been obsessed with this amazing, all-natural lemon toner. It brightens and lightens skin, and it’s also great for acne-prone skin.
The reason I decided to whip up this toner is that I suddenly notice that I was developing some sunspots on my face. They were all on the left side of my face, so I think the damage came from the sun shining on that side of my face when I’m driving.
Here’s The Thing About Packaged Vitamin C
Vitamin C that is packaged in over the counter products doesn’t always work. While vitamin C is wonderful for your skin, it goes bad quickly.
This means that most products contain preservatives that help to keep the vitamin C from going bad.
When you use fresh lemon juice, you have a natural Vitamin C source that gives you the vitamin C benefits you want, including brightening, tightening, and lightening, without dealing with those preservatives.
It offers better results, and it will cost a lot less than an over the counter skincare product that contains vitamin C in it. In fact, you can get all the ingredients for this toner for just a few dollars.
Benefits of the ingredients
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, which is an ingredient that helps to lighten skin, eliminating sun spots. It also helps to even out your skin tone, giving you the even skin tone that you want.
Lemon juice is also a natural astringent that brightens skin and tightens your pores.
The witch hazel is also a natural astringent which tightens the skin and it’s very high in tannins (a class of astringent molecules) that can help to reduce swelling, and fight bacteria.
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed fresh Lemon juice
- 1 cup of purified water (bottled or filtered)
- 1/4 cup of witch hazel (or rosewater for skin lightening) If you don’t have rosewater, you can check (my DIY recipe here).
- a glass jar
Of course, depending on your skin and how it reacts to this toner, you can always change the ratio to fit your needs. However, always make sure that you dilute the lemon juice so it doesn’t irritate your skin.
If you have oily skin, you can add a bit more witch hazel or substitute the witch hazel with tea tree oil. If you have dry skin, use rose water instead of witch hazel or limit the amount of witch hazel you use.