In case you're wondering, the reason my toners generally appear brown is thanks to the extracts and the cromoist I always include!
So I thought I'd make her a lovely toner filled with fun ingredients I've purchased recently!
TONER FIT FOR A BEST FRIEND
30% witch hazel
25% lavender hydrosol
10% aloe vera liquid
2% sodium PCA
2% hydrolyzed protein (cromoist)
COOL DOWN PHASE
5% liquid green tea extract (see note below)
3% Multifruit BSC
2% acai biofunctional botanical extract
0.5% preservative (liquid Germall Plus)
Note: If you don't have liquid green tea extract, feel free to use 0.5% green tea extract and add 4.5% to the water amount - hydrosol, aloe vera, witch hazel, or extra humectant.
So why did I include all this things? From the previous toner posts, you know that witch hazel is a good astringent, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory. I like aloe vera because it helps soothe skin and form a moisturizing layer, and it can help with increasing cell proliferation. Lavender hydrosol is good for all skin types and offers soothing and a reduction in irritation. Green tea extract is a great anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger, and it can help with inflammation and redness.
I've included Multifruit BSC at 3% so she gets about 1.65% active AHAs - starting low to see how her skin reacts - and I've included acai biofunctional botanical liquid extract because I like the idea of even more anti-oxidants and an additional light astringent.
For my oily, rosacea prone skin, this didn't work so well - I attribute this to the Multifruit BSC. (My skin just can't handle the AHAs well.) If you wanted to modify this for oily skin, you can keep the AHAs in if your skin can handle it. To modify this for acne prone skin, I'd suggest substituting the acai and Multifruit BSC for 0.5% white willow bark or salicylic acid and increasing the water or other liquids amount by 4.5%. If you have dry skin, add a few more humectants - glycerin at 3% is a great choice - and possibly a water soluble oil, if you plan to use this without a moisturizer!
I've packaged this in a spray bottle and I'll be giving it to her tonight! I'll let you know what she thinks!