This Saturday, Beanies & Weenies has been graced by a guest post from Katja Orel at Wild for Nature! She has wonderful tutorials to make your own natural skincare and beauty products and so much more natural goodness on her blog. Check her out!
I don’t know about you but come summer, my skincare products change quite a bit. And so does my relationship towards heavy skin lotions or facial oils. There is a strict no, no for butters and anything of the sort. In my personal belief, summer is all about light, refreshing, cooling, and soothing. That’s why we’re making a fragrant facial toner with green tea extract. Let’s get to it!
Refreshing Facial Toner For Summer
This facial toner is a perfect summer mist. I absolutely love it and so does my skin! The ingredients in this recipe are here to refresh you and your skin from the sun. Most of the goodies included in this recipe boost healing process of the skin, protect it from the free-radical damage, and keep it hydrated. This is basically a summer morning in a bottle (ok, exaggerating here, I know).
Rosemary hydrosol is herbal water. It’s basically the same as rosewater, only it’s made with rosemary and not roses.
Hydrosols have been gaining popularity in the last few years and it’s only right they do so because they’re very beneficial. Also, they’re an excellent addition to your homemade skincare.
This herbal water is energizing as well as refreshing. Rosemary hydrosol has astringent, analgesic, and antibacterial properties. It’s also very refreshing! It boosts circulation and promotes healthy skin. Rosemary herbal water can reduce inflammation and soothe irritated skin.
Green Tea Extract
Packed with nutritious components, green tea extract is one of my personal favorites to add to my DIY skincare products.
Now, a lot of people substitute this extract with the real green tea they make at home. While it can save money, I wouldn’t recommend doing that. By using green tea, you’ll only enable the bacteria to happily spread and live in your facial toner. I’m pretty sure you don’t want that, do you?
Anyway, green tea extract is loaded with antioxidants, which means it can help fight the free-radical damage. It helps to maintain your skin healthy and even soothe various skin conditions such as rosacea.
When applied topically, this extract boosts the elasticity of the skin, reduces inflammations, and slows down the signs of aging. Pretty cool, huh? On top of that, green tea extract provides moisture to the skin and also is able to reduce skin damage caused by the sun.
Geranium Essential Oil
Once used by the ancient Egyptians, geranium essential oil promotes healthy skin, reduces inflammation, and even treats acne. If you want a beautiful skin, geranium is your EO of choice.
What’s more, it promotes blood circulation and nourishes skin cells. It boosts the healing process of the skin, providing it with beneficial nutrients.
Astringent and anti-aging, geranium EO is a natural skin toner that keeps the skin hydrated and protected from the free radicals.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
With antiseptic and calming properties, ylang-ylang essential oil has only been gaining popularity in the recent years. Originally from Asia, this essential oil is a common ingredient in homemade or commercial perfumes. It’s definitely one of my favorites!
The sweet floral scent is very soothing for the mind. The oil has been used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. When applied topically, the oil is able to boost the healing process of the skin. it prevents infections and maintains the skin hydrated at the same time.
Lavender Essential Oil
A must in many households, lavender essential oil is well-known for its incredible healing properties. It can soothe a tired mind and it can boost the complexion of the skin. Lavender helps you maintain a healthy skin by boosting the healing process.
With its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, lavender EO helps to reduce the signs of aging and soothe burns when applied topically. Yes, lavender is more or less a must-have!
Now, vegetable glycerin is here because it has emulsifying properties (linking the oils with the water). Also, glycerin is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture to your skin.
I large quantities, glycerin can also be considered as a preservative, but a very mild one. Since this toner doesn’t have a proper preservative, it’ll need to be stored in the fridge.
By my approximate estimates, this toner should last you about a week (less if you decide to use it instead of a body mist or hair mist as well!)
Store the toner in the fridge.
The essential oils are very potent. Don’t apply them directly to the skin because of a potential allergic reaction. Make sure to do a test patch beforehand.
What do you think of your new toner? Let me know!
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