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How to Make Your Own DIY Green Tea Toner for Glowing Skin

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Green tea is not only a delicious and healthy drink, but also a wonderful ingredient for your skin care routine. Green tea has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties that can help soothe, protect, and heal your skin.

In this blog post, I will show you how to make your own DIY green tea toner using simple and natural ingredients. You will also learn about the benefits of green tea for your skin and how to use it effectively.

What is a Toner and Why Do You Need It?

A toner is a liquid product that you apply to your skin after cleansing and before moisturizing. It helps to balance the pH level of your skin, remove any traces of dirt, oil, or makeup, and prepare your skin for the next steps of your skin care routine.

Using a toner can also improve the appearance and health of your skin by:

  • Hydrating and refreshing your skin
  • Tightening your pores and reducing excess sebum
  • Enhancing the absorption of your moisturizer and other products
  • Boosting your skin’s natural defense against environmental stressors
  • Adding extra nutrients and antioxidants to your skin

Why Use Green Tea as a Toner?

Green tea is one of the best natural ingredients you can use as a toner for your skin. It has many benefits for your skin, such as:

  • Reducing inflammation and redness, especially for acne-prone or sensitive skin
  • Fighting free radicals and preventing premature aging, thanks to its high content of catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) 
  • Preventing and treating acne, by inhibiting the growth of acne-causing bacteria and reducing sebum production
  • Brightening and evening out your skin tone, by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment that causes dark spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Soothing and healing sunburns, wounds, and irritations, by stimulating skin cell regeneration and collagen synthesis

How to Make a DIY Green Tea Toner

Making your own green tea toner is very easy and inexpensive. All you need are:

  • 1 green tea bag or 1 teaspoon (5 g) of loose green tea
  • 8 fl oz (240 mL) of boiling water
  • A glass jar or bottle with a lid

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Add the green tea bag or loose green tea to a mug and pour the boiling water over it. Let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes, or up to 10 minutes if you want a stronger brew.
  2. Strain the tea and transfer it to the glass jar or bottle. Let it cool completely before closing the lid.
  3. Store the green tea toner in the refrigerator and use it within 2 weeks.

That’s it! You have just made your own DIY green tea toner with only one ingredient.

How to Use Your DIY Green Tea Toner

You can use your DIY green tea toner twice a day, in the morning and at night, after cleansing your face and before applying your moisturizer. Here are some ways to apply it:

  • Spritz it directly onto your face and neck, and gently pat it into your skin with your fingers.
  • Soak a cotton pad or ball with the toner and swipe it gently over your face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
  • Make a green tea mask by soaking a paper or cloth mask with the toner and leaving it on your face for 10 to 15 minutes.

You can also customize your DIY green tea toner by adding other ingredients that suit your skin type and needs. For example, you can add:

  • Lemon juice for extra brightening and exfoliating effects
  • Honey for extra moisturizing and antibacterial effects
  • Apple cider vinegar for extra balancing and clarifying effects
  • Witch hazel for extra toning and astringent effects
  • Vitamin E oil for extra nourishing and anti-aging effects
  • Tea tree oil or lavender oil for extra soothing and anti-inflammatory effects

Just make sure to adjust the amount of green tea accordingly and do a patch test before using any new ingredients on your face.

FAQs About DIY Green Tea Toner

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about DIY green tea toner:

  • Q: Can I use any kind of green tea for my toner?
  • A: You can use any plain green tea, either in tea bags or loose leaf form, for your toner. However, organic green tea is preferable, as it is free of pesticides and other chemicals that may harm your skin.
  • Q: How often should I use my green tea toner?
  • A: You can use your green tea toner twice a day, or as often as you feel your skin needs it. However, if you have very sensitive or dry skin, you may want to limit your use to once a day or every other day, as green tea can be slightly drying for some people.
  • Q: How long does my green tea toner last?
  • A: Your green tea toner can last up to 2 weeks if you store it in the refrigerator. However, if you notice any changes in color, smell, or texture, or if you see any mold or bacteria growth, discard it immediately and make a fresh batch.
  • Q: Can I use my green tea toner with other products?
  • A: Yes, you can use your green tea toner with other products in your skin care routine, such as cleansers, moisturizers, serums, masks, etc. However, be careful not to mix your green tea toner with products that contain ingredients that may react with it, such as retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid. These ingredients may reduce the effectiveness of the green tea or cause irritation or sensitivity.


Green tea is a wonderful natural ingredient that can benefit your skin in many ways. By making your own DIY green tea toner, you can enjoy the benefits of green tea for your skin without spending a lot of money or exposing your skin to harsh chemicals. Try it out and see the difference for yourself!

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