Homemade Firming Antioxidant Vitamin C Citrus Toner


Toners are one of those skincare items that really will make a difference in your skin—if you give them a chance. Not only do toners help remove makeup and cleanse your pores but they nourish skin and add moisture.

As if that weren’t enough, this vitamin C-packed citrus toner takes things a step further and bathes your skin in antioxidants, helping you look bright eyed and bushy tailed, even when you don’t feel it.

Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin

Vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) is known as the one supplement that covers all the bases in the skincare world. This nutrient is found in most foods and it’s a popular ingredient in skin care products because it’s a defender, a repairer and a creator for skin. That’s a lot of jobs for one antioxidant. And the list goes on! Let’s see if it ticks all of our ‘must-have’ boxes:

Vitamin C is the first product I apply in the morning after cleansing. It’s such a powerhouse ingredient, I like it to be the closest layer to my skin with no barrier in between. A toner is typically the first step post-cleansing, so a Vitamin C toner is the perfect layer. This simple and refreshing DIY toner is a great way to add ascorbic acid to your skincare routine. 

Firming Antioxidant Vitamin C Citrus Toner

  • Peel of 1 organic orange or lemon
  • 1 tablespoon alcohol-free witch hazel
  • Heat Safe Jar + Lid
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Strainer
  • Dark glass spray bottle

For this toner you’ll want to be sure to use organic fruit since we will be working with the peel of the citrus fruit, which is where pesticides typically settle. Take a clean lemon or orange and remove the peel in small pieces with a knife or citrus peeler.

Add the peels to a heat safe jar and pour in 1 cup of boiling water. Cover with the lid and let steep overnight. Strain the steeped liquid into a spray bottle and add 1 tablespoon of witch hazel. Vitamin C should be stored in a dark glass container to keep it’s potency fresh.

How to make a vitamin c toner

How to Use Toner

Toner is best applied to fresh skin 1-2 times a day. As always, stop using it if noticed any redness or irritation.

1. Wash your face and gently pat dry.

2. Shake your citrus toner and spritz on your face, neck and chest. Alternatively, you can pour a bit of toner on a cotton ball or in the palm of your hands and apply that way.

3. Allow toner to sink in for about a minute before applying serum or moisturizer. Applying serum or moisturizer while you skin is still slightly damp will help to lock in moisture and keep skin supple.

4. Apply sunscreen to prevent any potential photosensitivity (sunburn) issues.

5. Reapply in the evening.

6. While toner works best on clean skin, you can apply it throughout the day to refresh skin or revive your makeup. The nutrients won’t sink in as easily, but it will make you face appear fresher and less dry. 

Store your citrus toner in the refrigerator for maximum freshness and use within 2 weeks.

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