DIY Toner made with Rose Water

DIY toner
A ten to fifteen minute mini facial can be a great way to give ourselves a little extra love in these summer months when we are exposed to a lot more sun and outdoor activities, both of which can be taxing on our skin. Sarah on our Say Yes team here is an esthetician by trade. When we asked her about a DIY facial she had some great ideas, specifically about making your own rose water toner. I was curious what toner was and when I read about it, how it evens out your skin tone and helps gently cleanse, I was surprised I hadn’t used it in the past. Do you use a toner? If you’re curious about trying it, we’re sharing an easy DIY version made with rose petals today.

DIY toner

The last and most important step in taking care of your skin is the right lotion so we’re partnering with AVEENO® for the post today to talk about easy ways to look and feel your best.

Keep reading to see how to make your own toner and a full at home facial from our resident esthetician… 

DIY toner

Here are Sarah’s tips for an at home facial:
Step one: Cleanse
Bring your cleanser to a lather in your hands by adding a few drops of water, this activates the ingredients in the cleanser and allows for a nice even application of the product. Lightly massage the face with small circular motions giving extra attention to the areas that produce the most oil. The massage is great for circulation and gentle exfoliation.
Step two: Exfoliate
Exfoliating masks or cleansers work to get rid of the dead skin cells that sit on the surface of our skin making it appear dull or uneven. Apply as directed. This process leaves the skin ready to absorb all of the nutrients in steps three and four.
Step three: Apply Toner (DIY BELOW)
Toners and serums are a great way to give your skin a boost of nutrients before applying a moisturizer. During the summer I would recommend hydrating products as swimming and sun exposure can leave our skin dehydrated.
DIY toner
Step four: Moisturize
Finish off with your favorite moisturizer to both nourish and protect the skin like AVEENO® ULTRA-CALMING® DAILY MOISTURIZER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15. Apply by gently pressing into the skin.


For the DIY toner, select a few fallen rose petals from a nearby garden. We live across the street from the Rose Garden in Golden Gate park so we had plenty to choose from. Oh man, and they sure are beautiful this time of year!

Step 1: Throw a handful of fresh rose petals into big pot and fill with water. Let the water boil for 15 minutes and then strain.

DIY toner

Step 2: When cool, gently fill a jar and use a cotton ball or small makeup pad to apply to your skin.

DIY toner

Step 3: Use a bit of your favorite lotion like AVEENO® ULTRA-CALMING® DAILY MOISTURIZER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 to moisturizer your clean, toned skin.

Disclosure: This video was sponsored by AVEENO® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about AVEENO® all opinions are my own

Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Ashley Aikele


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This will last at most 48 hours before it starts to create bacteria. No and, ifs or buts and boiling does not ‘sterilize’ it. People don’t understand how utterly crucial it is to add something to inhibit bacteria and Vitamin E is not a preservative, it is an antioxidant that keeps oils from going rancid but does not stop bacteria or fungal growth.

Number 1 rule of making beauty products that container water = always, always add a preservative.

Time to fine me some rose petals! I’ve been using toners on-and-off for the past 15 years and I do notice that my skin feels better when I do use them. The downside to most toners is the alcohol content – it tightens the pores, but is not great for long-term usage – so I noticed an increase in oil production (and number of blackheads!) when I ran out of my last bottle over a year ago. Love the photos and the idea of making my own toner. Thanks for sharing!

What gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to try this at home. I currently use the Burt’s Bees Rosewater toner, but this seems like a more cost-effective and natural alternative. Thanks!


That’s a great suggestion. I have always been curious about making my own toners, but always forget to just do it! I will definitely give this a try!

I love this DIY! I’ve actually been using rose water from our local Arab store for months and it really has helped with inflammation and getting rid of that last bit of oil and dirt after cleansing. I’ll have to try this DIY one- I’m sure it makes the whole house smell like roses!


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