DIY African Red Tea Toner

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Image by: Winfried Bruenken

Make Your Own
African Red Tea Toner

This recipe is a personal favorite of mine. It's inexpensive, easy to make and packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids and zinc. All of which are necessary for getting and maintaining healthy, glowing skin! This is an excellent toner for anti-aging, reducing redness and helping to banish blemishes. 



African Red Tea  

African Red Tea or Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) has been used for centuries in South Africa. The tea is made from the leaves of Rooibos, a plant belonging the legume family. Rooibos contains 50% more antioxidants than green tea and has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. These are ideal properties for reducing acne and eczema. Rooibos is also rich in the enzyme superoxide dismutase. This enzyme is necessary for the production of healthy skin cell regeneration and renewal. Superoxide dismutase also fights wrinkles by neutralizing the free radicals that cause them, making African Red Tea a valuable ingredient for anti-aging skin care products. To get the most out of African Red Tea, it's recommended to drink the tea regularly and apply it topically to the skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is rich in alpha hydroxy acids, these AHA's dissolve and slough away dead skin cells, helping to lighten age and sun spots, to reveal a brighter complexion and more even skin tone. It promotes blood circulation and balances the Ph of your skin, making it beneficial for all skin types. Apple cider vinegar is also a natural antiseptic and found to be an effective treatment for clearing acne. Apple cider vinegar is beneficial and recommended for use both internally and topically. We will explore the internal benefits in a separate article. 




DIY African Red Tea Toner Recipe

 What you'll need: 
  • 1 Amber Glass Spray Bottle (I prefer a 2oz bottle)
  • Water (Purified, Distilled or Spring Water)
  • Rooibos Tea (Loose or Tea Bags)
  • Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Essential oils of your choice


How To Make

  1. Heat approximately 4oz of water.
  2. Add tea filled infuser or 2-3 tea bags to water, steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar (I use 3-4 tbsp).
  4. Pour mixture into bottle.
  5. Add 6 drops of essential oils (I chose Lavender, Tea Tree Oil).
  6. Store in refrigerator to preserve freshness, it also makes it especially refreshing! *Lasts 1-2 months. But I prefer to make a fresh batch each month.

How To Use

After cleansing, spritz face and/or cotton pad, apply all over face and neck. May also be used to cleanse other acne affected areas such as chest or back as needed.

I hope you found this recipe helpful, more to come in the future!

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  1. I am so glad you are making these videos. I have never found this kind of information online before. I have a similar skin type and live in a similar climate as you do so thanks for posting these. All natural is the best way to go!!

  2. I really like this video I'm going thur this natural skin care with you I also seen great improvement with my acne . Are you still using black soap to wash your face? If so how's it going

  3. Thank you both so much! Lizette, glad to hear it! I was using my African black soap until just recently I'm giving the oil cleansing method (OCM) another try. I'll keep you updated!

  4. As soon as i saw this video, i went to the health food store and purchased these products....and i must say i saw a difference when i woke up the next breakouts were almost gone, my skin was incredibly soft, my complexion was really bright and flawless....i love this toner and will keep it in my skin care regimen.....thank u so much and i can't wait for your other recipes:-) XOXO

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  6. Je suis très très heureuse de voir que tu réalises tes cosmétiques maison, je suis une grande adepte du Home Made.
    Je te suis sur Youtube tu es ma Youtubeuse favorite, nous avons pas mal de points communs ensemble, dont l'amour pour les cochons d'inde (j'en ai 2 egalement)
    Je te laisse l'adresse de mon blog, peut être qu'une de mes recettes t'inspirera.
    je t'embrasse

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  8. Hi Christine, I was watching your video on the African Red Tea Toner and I was wondering: do you have any suggestions for an alternative to apple cider vinegar? I want to try a homemade toner, but I cannot stand the smell of apple cider vinegar! Thanks =)

  9. Hi! Im trying to recalculate to swedish Dlecelitres, and i cant really get it to add up? Could someone help me with this?

  10. To convert to metric, 1 oz = about 30 milliliters. So 4 oz = about 120 milliliters, etc. Hope that helps!

  11. I’ve read many articles about the miracles that apple cider vinegar can offer to our skin…and because of that, I want to try this DIY.
    ~Pauline @Kallony