Homemade Grapefruit, Green Tea and Witch Hazel Astringent
Skin astringents have often been classed as the strongest form of toner for the skin, usually the face.
They are designed to remove the last traces of skin cleanser, to tone and to tighten the pores while removing excess sebum for oily or combination skin types.
This quick homemade astringent is far less abrasive than many commercial brands. Let’s look at the three ingredients used:
Fresh Cleanser for Oily or Combination Skin
- Oatmeal, Lime & Honey Exfoliating Cleanser
Oily or combination skins will reap the benefits from this freshly made cleanser. With a gentle exfoliating action this cleanser contains oatmeal, lime, honey, nuts and is good enough to eat!
Grapefruit, Lemon & Orange
When on medication, it is best to seek advice from your doctor as to whether or not it is okay for you to take grapefruit as the *naringin can prevent the liver from breaking down aspirin, calcium channel blockers, cholesterol lowering drugs and other forms of medications.
Much more than a breakfast fruit, grapefruit makes a natural astringent for oily or combination skin.
A citric acid rich in vitamin c it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Top worldwide producers of grapefruit are United States, China and South Africa and there are three possible colors; red, pink or white with varying degrees of sweetness (red is generally the sweetest).
Invigorating and tightening, fresh grapefruit has a mild exfoliating action on the skin, helping to remove dead skin cells while toning the skin.
Grapefruit has been shown to interact with numerous drugs so caution is always needed with grapefruit flesh or juice when on medication.
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Green Tea Fields
Green Tea ~
Steeped in Chinese history, green tea has been used in China for over 4,000 years for its therapeutic, medicinal and health benefits.
China is by far the largest exporter with their many varieties of green tea and account for two thirds of the market.
This is a real find for using on the skin for a bright, clear complexion and ideally suited to oilier or acne prone skins. Such is the popularity of this tea; it may be easily combined in an array of products made at home such as face exfoliatiors, facial peels, facial steams, cooling sprays and face masks.
The tea has been shown to help reduce the damage caused by UV rays to the skin by neutralizing the free radicals responsible.
Irritated skin or inflamed skin can be greatly reduced by using green tea on the skin so for conditions such as psoriasis, acne and rosacea, this is one powerful remedy.
The antioxidants present in green tea have an anti-ageing effect and improve fine lines and wrinkles. The more antioxidant rich ingredients we use the better our health and our appearance.
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Witch Hazel ~
Often used alone as a skin astringent, this recipe shows how to incorporate it successfully into a homemade toner.
Witch hazel extract is distilled from the bark and twigs of the American witch hazel tree (Hamamelis virginiana ) and usually contains alcohol, often ethyl alcohol (14%).
The Native Americans were credited for first turning to this plant for medicinal purposes and found it beneficial in treating inflammation, swelling and tumors.
Today it is widely used throughout the world and an ingredients used by many commercial brands of cosmetics including aftershaves. A very useful product in the home it is commonly used to help acne, eczema, to cool down skin, insect bites and dry up excessive sebum.
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Astringent Recipe ~
2 green tea bags steeped in a cup of boiling water
Juice of 1/2 grapefruit (pink or red)
1/4 cup witch hazel
Recycled jar with lid
Spoon or spatula
- Allow tea bags to cool completely.
- When cooled, squeeze the grapefruit juice into the tea and stir.
- Add the witch hazel and mix into the astringent.
- Pour the astringent into the container and secure with lid.
- Store in the refrigerator in- between use.
- The astringent will last for up to a week.
- After cleansing, apply the astringent with a piece of cotton wool or a cotton pad all over the neck and face, avoiding the eye area.
- Allow to dry and rinse off with tepid water.
- Finish with a splash of cold water and pat the skin dry.
- Apply face serum and or moisturizer.
Instead of grapefruit use freshly squeezed lime, lemon or orange.
Instead of witch hazel why not try a hydrosol (flower water) mixed in or it could be used on it’s own. The most beneficial ones for oily or combination skins are:
Lavender, Rose Geranium, Lime, Cucumber, Lemon Verbena and Rosemary hydrosols.
Food for Thought . . . .
Skin toners do not have to be full of high levels of alcohol to be effective for an oily or combination skin to keep them in tip top condition.
With these 3 simple and inexpensive ingredients, you have all you need for a week’s supply that takes minutes to prepare. No list of 20 plus unpronounceable ingredients so often the case in commercial astringents and toners so go on and give fresh a go!
"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"
Have you ever made a skin toner or astringent?
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