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After removing makeup, washing and cleaning face, the next logical step would be toning the skin. If you are reading magazines, you will find many different and often contradictory advice on skin toners. Some say that toners are not necessary, others that they are mainly for oily skin, while the rest just want to sell their product and advise the use of their “quality”, meaning expensive, products.
The truth is that natural skin care is essential part of skin care regime and that it does not have to be expensive. You should know your skin type and your skin’s needs and apply beauty products accordingly. Of course, the skin is drier during winter, while it is more oily in summer, but there is more to it.
If you are sitting in the sun and spending much time outdoors, your skin will need hydration. On the other hand, if your skin is acne prone, you will need to soothe it. Here you can find seven great recipes for making your own skin toners that you will find cheap, healthy and easy to make.
#1. Acne prone skin.
If you have problems with acne, make a toner using salt. Salt will act as the dead skin cells remover and detoxifier.
- mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt with
- 2 cups of water and
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and put in spray bottle.
Spray on face after the usual morning routine but keep out of eyes and make sure to moisturize the skin as well.
#2. Oily skin.
While cucumber is responsible for hydration, green tea balances the sebum secretion. Adding jasmine to the mixture will give it an exceptionally lovely scent.
- ¼ cup cucumber juice (one medium cucumber will do)
- ¼ cup green tea
- a few drops of jasmine essential oil
Put the cucumber in a blender or a juicer and press it through strainer. Prepare the green tea by pouring ½ cup of freshly boiled water over 1 green tea bag or 1 tsp of whole green tea leaves and steep, covered, for 5-7 minutes. Strain tea leaves from the tea and let the tea cool completely. Then mix the cucumber juice and the green tea together, adding jasmine. Put it in a jar or bottle of your choosing and store in a cool place, preferably the refrigerator. Apply after washing your face in the morning and evening, and then continue with your regular skin care.
#3. Dry and flaky skin
For this skin toner with peaches that will regenerate your skin, you will need:
- 2 peaches
- 10 drops of olive or almond oil
- one spoon of cream (sour cream) or 2 spoons of yoghurt
Take 2 peaches and remove the peels, then mash them well adding almond oil or olive oil and one spoon of cream. Put this mixture on your face, leave for ten minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. The result will be clear, radiant and fresh skin.
#4. Dry and ageing skin.
Another wonderful recipe for dry skin – tomato juice and honey. Honey is antioxidant, antibacterial and unclogs the pores. It magnificently removes makeup, does wonders to the wrinkles and moisturizes skin. Tomato, on the other hand, has cooling and astringent properties.
- 3 tablespoons of fresh tomato juice
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Mix the ingredients until you have a thick and sticky substance, which you will apply to clean face and neck, avoiding eye and upper lip. After 15 minutes, wash it off with warm water and end with a splash of cold.
#5. Irritated and broken skin.
If you have irritated or broken skin, this toner will be right for you.
- 2 spoons of oatmeal
- one spoon of lemon juice
- 4 spoons of yoghurt
- 1 spoon of chopped parsley
- 1 spoon of olive oil
Mix these ingredients together and use as a face toner.Parsley is an excellent detoxifier, while oatmeal absorbs and removes excess oil and bacteria from your skin. It also exfoliates dead skin cells, while it soothes itchiness and rashes and is beneficial to scales and peeling.
#6. Normal skin
Some people are lucky and do not have skin problems such as acne, blemishes, blackheads, rashes and itches. However, normal skin can have ageing spots and scars. The following invigorating recipe is for such skin, it can help in diminishing scars and fading away of the ageing spots.
- ½ cup of lemon juice
- 1 cup of distilled water
- 2/3 cups of witch hazel
Combine these ingredients together in a bottle or a jar and shake well. Apply to face with a cotton ball in and upwards motion before rinsing well with warm water.
#7. Combination and Sensitive skin
Another excellent skin toner would be rosewater. The regular use of this toner can help in preventing wrinkles, tightening pores and adding a radiant glow to the skin. Rosewater is actually good for all skin types. It can help in soothing irritated skin; it balances and cleans oily skin, while it rejuvenates and tones mature skin, also revitalizing young skin.Furthermore, rose water is nourishing and natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. For this very reason, the following recipe is for homemade rosewater skin toner.
You will need:
- 4-5 cups of rose petals (you should make sure they are chemical and pesticide free)
- distilled water
- a pot
- a plate which is approximately one inch smaller in diameter than the pot
First, put the rose petals in the pot and let it be a few inches deep. Place the plate on top of the petals so as to weigh them down and then pour distilled water over the petals until they are just covered.
Heat the water over medium heat to be steaming hot, but do not boil. Let the water steam until the water has taken on the color of the rose petals. You will see the water becoming a bit thick and oily, and you will see rose oil forming on the surface. This will take approximately 60 minutes.
After 60 minutes, strain the water into a glass bowl and squeeze as much liquid as you can from the rose petals. Rosewater can be used immediately or stored in the refrigerator.
You can now forget about expensive face toners and easily make your own according to your needs. If you have a recipe of your own, please feel free to share in the comments.
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