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. Lemon is a great lightening agent, and it’s better than many high-end lightening products.
When you whip up this toner, it will give you brighter, lighter skin, and it will also prevent breakouts and tighten your pores.
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 definitely 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.
Once you make the toner, use it once or twice each day to cleanse skin. It also exfoliates away the dead skin cells that clog pores while brightening skin, lightening skin, and evening out your overall skin tone.
What you’ll need:
- Fresh Lemon
- Witch Hazel (or you can use rose water)
- Purified Water (bottled or filtered)
Benefits for the Skin
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, which is an ingredient that helps to lighten skin, eliminating sunspots. 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 and it’s very high in tannins.
① It’s extremely easy to make this toner. Simply juice the lemon to get a 1/4 cup, removing the seeds from the juice.
② Measure out the lemon juice and add 1/3 cup of witch hazel (or you can use rose water – instructions here).
③ Then, add and 1/3 cup of purified water. While the lemon juice will help lighten those sun spots and brighten your complexion, the witch hazel will cleanse the skin.
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.
How to Do it:
To start, do 1 part lemon to 2 parts purified water until your skin acclimates, then feel free to add more lemon. 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.
If you don’t have rosewater, you can check (my DIY recipe here).
Make sure you store your lemon toner in an airtight bottle. Keep it stored in a dry, cool place. Never keep this toner for more than two weeks.
How to Use it:
① Apply this toner to a freshly cleanse face with a cotton pad, sweep upward and outward over entire face and neck. Apply your favorite moisturizer.
② Store the toner in a plastic bottle. You can use the toner twice a day. Store in a cool, dry place or better store it in the fridge. Make a new batch every 7 or 10 days.
** I often use my lemon toner with an easy DIY apple cider vinegar toner. This way I prevent acne and deal with skin tone problems. I simply layer the toners on one cotton ball and dab on my skin in the evening and the morning.