Green Tea Toner For Oily Skin (3 Different Ways)

Did I tell you guys about my small crush on toners these days?

I am loving all the homemade versions of toners lately, and guess what I love even more? Sharing these wonderful recipes with you guys 🙂

Today I am going to show you guys 3 easy ways how you can make your very own  DIY green tea toner using natural ingredients.

Toning is a very important step in the oily skincare routine.

But why buy expensive toners from the market when you can make your own DIY skin toner for oily skin?

Toners available in the market often contain harmful chemicals and irritants like alcohol and menthol, that not only dry out your skin but also aggravate your acne.

I have been using DIY green tea toner for quite some time now, and I am not sure why I waited so long before posting this recipe.

If you want to brush up on what a toner is, read this post on how to use a toner for oily skin.

Why Use Green Tea As A Toner?

green tea as a toner

Green tea is known for its amazing health benefits, but you will be amazed to know that green tea provides a myriad of health benefits when applied topically to the skin as well, for example in the form of a toner.

Here are some amazing green tea toner benefits for the skin – 

  • Green tea is rich in antioxidants and other properties that can fight inflammation and bacteria. The antioxidants present in green tea help in preventing free radical damage and delay aging.
  • Green tea is very useful for treating oily skin. The tannins present in green tea act as an astringent which shrinks pores.
  • Green tea also helps to reduce the production of sebum by the glands in each pore. This makes green tea a much better solution for treating oily skin, as it works by reduction of oil from skin glands, rather than removing all the natural oils from the skin.

Best Store-bought Green Tea Toners For Oily Skin

Benefits Of Using Green Tea Toner On Oily Skin

Oily skin requires a gentle toner to keep it soft and supple.

You can avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils by using a non-drying toner.

Alcohol-based toners can dry out your skin and make it more prone to breakouts, so avoid using them if you have oily skin. Try using a non-alcoholic toner instead.

Tannins present in green tea have astringent properties that help to shrink open pores and reduce excess oil from your face.

Green tea is one of the most popular skincare ingredients in the world because of the many green tea toner benefits stated above.

It is known for its ability to calm skin and control oil production.

Let’s see 3 different ways to use green tea for your face in the form of a DIY toner.

Recipes For Making Your Own Green Tea Toners

1. Green Tea And Rice Water Toner For Oily Skin


  • 1-2 tbsp of rice
  • green tea bag or 1 teaspoon of tea leaves

1) First, let’s take a pan and put some water in it. Place it on a stove and keep the flame high.

2) When the water starts boiling, put 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves into it and let it simmer on a low flame for 5 minutes.

3) Turn off the flame and stir the mixture once.

4) You don’t have to keep the green tea and water mixture on flame for too long. In just 5 minutes, you will see that the water has turned brownish-green.

5) Strain the green tea water in a clean bowl.

6) Alternatively, you can also place some green tea bags into a bowl of hot water.

7) In this mixture, we will now add 1-2 tablespoons of rice. You do not have to grind the rice. Just add it directly to the green tea water. Make sure rice is completely clean before adding it to the water.

8) Cover the mixture and let it sit overnight or for 4-6 hours.

9) The mixture will be ready to use in the morning. All the benefits of rice will get infused in the green tea water.

10) Strain the green tea and rice water mixture in a clean bottle. I suggest you use something like this small spray bottle from Amazon and store it in the refrigerator.

Your DIY green tea and rice water toner for oily skin is now ready to use. I would not recommend this toner for dry skin people at all, as it will slightly dry out your skin.

2. Green Tea Lemon Toner For Oily Skin

The presence of lemon juice and witch hazel makes this a good toner for oily skin.


  • 1 green tea bag (or 1 teaspoon green tea leaves)
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons witch hazel (great for oily skin)

Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and then turn off the heat.

Place the tea bags or leaves in boiling water and steep for five to ten minutes.

After the tea cools, add lemon juice and witch hazel.

Pour the tea mixture into a small spray bottle or a bottle with a tight lid. Refrigerate it until you’re ready to use it.

Wash your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser, and then pat it dry with a clean towel.

Gently dab a little of your favorite toner onto the face, and let it sit for a few minutes.

The toner will absorb into your skin, so you don’t need to worry about rinsing it off. Your moisturizer can then be applied.

Keep toner in the refrigerator and use it up within 7 days.

3. Tea Tree and Vitamin E Green Tea Toner For Oily Skin

The tea tree and vitamin E oil make this toner good for oily skin.

Simply add the oil to your toner with a dropper.


  • 1 green tea bag (or 1 teaspoon green tea leaves)
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 drop of vitamin E oil

Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and then turn off the heat.

Place the tea bags or leaves in boiling water and steep for five to ten minutes.

After the tea has cooled down, add the vitamin E and tea tree oils. The mixture should be well mixed.

Pour the tea mixture into a small container with a tight-fitting lid or cap. Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to drink.

It is best to use a toner that is gentle on the skin, so you do not have to use a lot of it.

You can use a cotton ball to apply the toner to your face. The toner should dry on the skin and not be rinsed away.

Your moisturizer can then be applied.

Keep toner in the refrigerator and use it up within 7 days.

How To Use DIY Green Tea Toner For Oily Skin

green tea in a cup to prepare diy green tea toner

Step 1: Wash your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser before applying makeup. If you need to, use an exfoliating scrub to remove any dead skin cells. Steam your face with a washcloth if you need to.

Step 2: Wipe the green tea toner on your face using a cotton ball. Let the tea air dry upon your face. Fan your hands before your face, and it will dry in no time. If you want to use it as a facial mist, don’t use the cotton ball and pour the toner into a small spray bottle.

Step 3: Moisturize your face by applying a moisturizing cream or lotion. You can use olive oil, honey, aloe vera gel, or St. Ives Renewing Collagen & Elastin Moisturizer to moisturize your skin.

I use a little bit of green tea toner in the morning and before I go to bed.

This toner is good for 7-8 days if refrigerated.

I love the refrigerated version, as it provides a cooling effect in summer, and also helps in closing the pores after the cleansing process.

My Experience With This Homemade Green Tea Toner For Oily Skin

I have been using DIY green tea toner for the last 3 months. It has helped in calming, refreshing, and cleansing my face.

I absolutely love the fresh feeling I get after using green tea toner.

Green tea toner contains antioxidants that are great for your oily skin.

It maintains the pH levels of the skin and also acts as an anti-irritant for people with acne-prone skin.

I have oily skin, and I have tried many over-the-counter remedies that don’t work very well for my face.

This toner has helped to calm down my skin and has also improved my skin tone.


Can I Add Oil To My Toner For Added Moisture?

The oil will not completely mix with the toner; you’ll need to shake it well before each use.

The best oils to use are carrot seed or jojoba oil, which have regenerative qualities.

Pomegranate seed oil is also a great choice, as it has a lot of nutrients in it.

How Can I Make This Toner Last longer?

Since it is water-based, it will last only a few days in the refrigerator.

However, if you do not need it right away, you can freeze the toner in ice cube trays and use them later. Let the ice cubes melt and pour them into your spray bottle.

You can add a natural preservative to extend the shelf life of your food.

Can I Leave Green Tea Toner On My Face Overnight?

Green tea toners can be used for a long time without causing any irritation or redness.

You can continue to use the toner overnight if you need to, but you may need to reduce the frequency of use.

You can also add a little water to the toner to dilute it.


It’s good to use the right ingredients for your skin, especially when going for DIY recipes. DIY green tea toner benefits oily, acne-prone skin.

It is best to prepare this toner in small batches, and prepare a fresh batch every 7-10 days.

This is my personal experience with this toner.

It works for me, but there is no guarantee that it will work for your skin. Do your own research before using anything for your skin.

I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking green tea every day.

It has made a whole lot of difference to my skin.

Even if you don’t use this toner, I want to encourage you to try drinking at least 1 cup of green tea every day.

Will you?

Here are some other pimples oily skin home remedies to try.

12 thoughts on “Green Tea Toner For Oily Skin (3 Different Ways)”

    • Hey Krishna, thanks for stopping by. Although not necessary for this particular recipe, I highly suggest using a moisturizer for oily skin. I know it sounds crazy, but the right moisturizer can help banish excess oil. Use a lightweight moisturizer designed especially for oily skin, or just use one of my DIY moisturizer recipes.

    • Hi Manisha. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face first. Follow it up with a toner like the one shared in this article and then apply a thin layer of moisturizer on top. Make sure you are using products that are suitable for acne-prone skin.

    • Hi Rojina. Yes, you can definitely keep the toner at a normal temperature. But in that case, I advise you to prepare in less quantity and use it within a week. Then prepare a fresh batch. I just feel that it works best to keep it refrigerated to improve its shelf life and also I just love it in summers.

    • Hi Bharti. You can keep the green tea toner in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, else it will last for a week. It’s best to prepare these DIY remedies in small batches that last a week and prepare fresh batches after that.

      • Hi Priya. This recipe is to be used topically on the face, not for drinking. Although green tea is good for health, that’s not the topic of discussion of this post.


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