Rosewater Toner For Combination Skin: Dermatologist Recommended

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 20/09/18

This rosewater toner helps in balancing the varied oil secretions of combination skin type with the help of oil absorbing apple cider vinegar and moisturising glycerine. I use only 3 ingredients to make this toner because there is no need to add any other active ingredient as explained at the end of this article. So are you ready to try this super easy recipe?

This home based toner has following benefits:

  • Apple cider vinegar removes extra oils, which in turns leads to a reduction in open pores and pimples(if any).It also has astringent action that helps in tightening the pores.
  • Glycerine has a balancing moisturising effect to avoid over-dryness.
  • Rose water imparts anti-acne, anti-aging and calming benefits to your homemade toner.

How to make home toner for Combination skin?

In a tinted glass bottle (ideal choice) mix the following ingredients:




Rose water

30 ml

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5 ml

Apple cider vinegar

5 ml

If you feel your skin is getting overdry, reduce the amount apple cider vinegar. On the otherhand, if your skin is still oily, increase the amount of apple cider vinegar. However, apple cider vinegar has a strong smell that might not be tolerable for few.  


How to use?

After washing your face with this homemade face wash for combination skin, take a small amount of toner on cotton and wipe your face. Alternatively, you can spray this toner on face and wipe with cotton to reduce wastage. Make sure you spend more time on your T-zone. Repeat until you don’t get any residue on the cotton.


How to store?

You can use any airtight plastic or glass bottle and store it in cool dry and dark place. You can store this toner at room temperature for 21 to 30 days or even longer. I usually make small batches of this toner that last for a week or two.


What are side effects of this toner?

This toner has following side effects:

  • It can irritate sensitive skin. Thus, a patch test should be done before first use. 
  • If you cannot tolerate the smell of apple cider vinegar then, you can use lemon juice instead. However, the shelf life of lemon and rose water toner might be less.


Why don't you need to add many active ingredients in toner?

There is no need of putting fancy ingredients like mint leaves, green tea, oranges, strawberries, etc. in the homemade toner. Your skin cannot tolerate too many active ingredients, and they can do more harm than good. Thus, I strongly recommend restricting the use of active ingredients in night moisturiser and face packs because in both of these products active ingredients can act on your skin without the influence of environment.

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