3 ways to use tonic lotion

3 ways to use tonic lotion
3 ways to use tonic lotion

The use of a tonic lotion is an important step in the beauty ritual. Indeed, the tonic lotion helps to cleanse and hydrate the skin, tighten the pores and even balance the pH of the skin while protecting it from impurities. The tonic lotion is used after makeup removal and before applying the moisturizer. Apply the lotion to the face and neck using a makeup remover disc. Choose a lotion with natural, gentle ingredients that won't dry out your skin. You can also make your own tonic lotion to tailor it specifically to your skin's needs.


Method 1 of 3: Use tonic lotion

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Step 1. Wash your face first

Use makeup remover, lukewarm water and a soft glove. Penetrate the makeup remover by massaging lightly to remove makeup, dirt and impurities. Rinse off with plenty of lukewarm water, then spray your face with cold water. Pat dry with a clean towel.

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Step 2. Soak a make-up removal disc with lotion

Pour a little lotion on a cotton pad to moisten it, but without soaking it completely. If you don't have a makeup removal pad, you can use a cotton ball instead. However, makeup removal pads absorb less lotion, which is more economical in the long run.

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Step 3. Apply the lotion to the face and neck

Gently spread the product on your face, neck and décolleté. Avoid the eye area as well as the lips. Pay particular attention to hard-to-reach places such as the eyebrows, the sides of the nose, near the ears and at the hairline. The tonic removes what the makeup remover failed to remove as well as makeup remover residue or salt, chlorine or any other chemical present in tap water.

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Step 4. Spray a second tonic if needed

If you like the refreshing sensation of the spray tonic, you can use it after your liquid tonic lotion. This helps hydrate the skin even better. However, since the spray application only dilutes the impurities without removing them completely, it is important to always use a liquid tonic first.

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Step 5. Wait a few moments for the lotion to penetrate

Most toners are water based and are therefore quickly absorbed into the skin. Make sure the tonic has penetrated well before applying any other product to your face. This will allow your skin to be well hydrated and protect it against impurities.

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Step 6. Finish with your usual cream

If you are using an acne treatment, such as benzoyl peroxide or moisturizer, be sure to apply these products after the tonic lotion. The tonic cleanses the skin deeply and will therefore allow the moisturizer or treatment to penetrate better into the epidermis.

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Step 7. Apply the lotion twice a day

In general, the tonic should be applied morning and evening. In the morning, it removes the sebum produced during the night and helps rebalance the skin's pH. In the evening, it is a good complement to your make-up removal ritual, because it allows to remove dust, makeup or impurities that the make-up remover was not sufficient to remove, as well as to clean the greasy film left by your makeup remover.

On the other hand, if you have very dry skin, be sure to apply the tonic lotion only in the evening. Excessive use of tonic can indeed dry out the skin. If you have the impression that your skin is getting drier and drier, it may help to invest in a lotion formulated specifically for dry skin to minimize this side effect

Method 2 of 3: Select a toner lotion

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Step 1. Go for a rose based lotion

Rose water is well known for its moisturizing, clarifying and toning properties. It is the ideal ingredient for skin that needs deep hydration, but also a regulating effect on sebum. Buy a lotion that lists rose water as the main ingredient.

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Step 2. Choose a chamomile lotion

If you have sensitive skin or are having issues with dryness or redness, try chamomile lotion. Chamomile calms irritation, helps fight acne and gives skin radiance.

A mixture of chamomile and aloe vera can even help with rashes or rosacea

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Step 3. Avoid alcohol-based tonics

Alcohol is often used as an astringent agent in tonic lotions. Many people use an alcohol-based tonic to fight acne, but it can irritate the skin and dry it out completely. So opt for a milder, alcohol-free tonic.

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Step 4. Select natural acne ingredients

Even with oily skin, it is possible to control your acne while keeping the skin well hydrated by choosing an astringent tonic, but softer. Look for formulas made with tea tree essential oil, citrus juice, orange essential oil, or witch hazel.

If you are using the lotion as an astringent agent, it is best to limit its use to once a day to begin with. Once your skin is used to it, you can use it twice a day

Method 3 of 3: Make your own tonic lotion

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Step 1. Prepare a green tea tonic lotion

Green tea is good for all skin types. Mix about 250 ml of green tea with 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Once the mixture has cooled, pour in 3 drops of jasmine essential oil. Store your tonic lotion in an airtight bottle and put it in a cool place.

  • Green tea promotes cell renewal.
  • Boil the water for at least a minute to kill any bacteria.
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Step 2. Use apple cider vinegar for oily skin

Prepare a balancing tonic by mixing lemon juice with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Add 200 ml of mineral water. Pour the lotion into an airtight bottle that you will keep cool.

  • Be careful to only use this lotion at night, as lemon juice makes the skin more sensitive to the sun.
  • The apple cider vinegar used in this recipe helps rebalance the skin's pH.
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Step 3. Make rose water lotion for sensitive skin

In a saucepan or container, pour boiling filtered water over 125g of dried rose petals, then let stand for 1 to 2 hours. Remove the rose petals with a skimmer, then pour the water into an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator.

  • Homemade rose water can be stored for up to a week. It is therefore preferable to make only a small amount. A 250 ml vial should suffice.
  • For even more hydration, add a few drops of geranium essential oil to rose water.
  • You can buy dried rose petals on the internet or you can dry them yourself.
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Step 4. Store the lotion properly

Homemade tonic lotions can be stored for a maximum of 3 months. Use a clean container. If you reuse a container, wash it well, then boil it for a minute in clean water before pouring in the lotion.

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