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Homemade Grapefruit, Green Tea and Witch Hazel Astringent

Updated on August 13, 2013
Homemade Grapefruit, Green Tea and Witch Hazel Astringent
Homemade Grapefruit, Green Tea and Witch Hazel Astringent | Source

Astringents ~

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:

Grapefruit, Lemon & Orange

 citrus fruits have excellent benefits to the skin when used in beauty products
citrus fruits have excellent benefits to the skin when used in beauty products | Source

Grapefruit Interaction

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.

Grapefruit ~

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.

Green Tea Fields

the only European Green Tea Fields found on the  Azores islands, Portugal
the only European Green Tea Fields found on the Azores islands, Portugal | Source

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.

Witch Hazel

a perfect skin astringent for oilier skins
a perfect skin astringent for oilier skins | Source

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.

Red Grapefruit

full of natural fruit acids
full of natural fruit acids | Source

Fresh Ingredients

skin benefits from nutrient rich fresh ingredients
skin benefits from nutrient rich fresh ingredients | Source

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

Method:

  • 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.

To Apply:

  • 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.

Tips:

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!

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Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

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      Philicia 33 3 years ago

      I have heard a few dermatologists recommend witch hazel for zits but I am reluctant to try anything besides Citrus Clear because it has been the only products that control my oily skin and acne. It dries it out and prevents it from becoming be a horrible, noticeable, angry, red, zit that everyone stares at in business meetings. I wash with Citrus Clear at night and in the morning - and i Use their Control Moisturizer - I can't find it in the stores anymore so thankfully amazon sells it.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Schoolmom,

      Thanks for your visit and comment. Astringents are more for oily skins and for a young teen with a tendency to oily skin even a part witch hazel part rosewater may be better. Just a word of caution with grapefruit (essential oil or fruit) it can interfere with certain medications and should be avoided with epilepsy (I have epilepsy). if your daughter is on any medication or has a medical condition, check with the doctor first. I have a moisturizer balm recipe good for combination or oily skin and good for young adolescent skin. Thanks for your interest and support!

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      Schoolmom24 3 years ago from Oregon

      I've tried lots of home made facial masks but not astringents. I am going to suggest this to my 14 yr old who is battling oiling skin and breakouts, thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi skin-care-natural,

      Don't know how I missed your comment! Apologies!! So glad to hear you enjoyed :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      Lovely to know you enjoyed this one! Appreciate your thumbs up and pin!!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Another great one! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! Up++ and pinning!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Hope your weekend was a great one in Germany. Best to avoid this for dry skin but do try the other with the cucumber and coconut when you get the opportunity it is so re-hydrating. Your support in votes and pinning is always so appreciated Thelma, Cheers buddy!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      Thanks for that, appreciate the extra pair of eyes!! Lucky you being zit free most of your life! The other cleanser and toner would be more your cup of tea me thinks! Cheers for the share and the heads up, glad you told me :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Many thanks for your interest and comment, witch hazel is a lovely smell (in my opinion) and one I am well used to over the years! I want to link one of your hubs (pumpkin recipes) to my new one on pumpkin and coconut oil hair mask if that is okay?

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Another great beauty treatment, but astringent is not good for my dry skin. However I will pass this on to my cousin who has oily skin. I do love to eat grapefruit and drink green tea. Green tea is good for cleaning my face at nighttime. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned for later use.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      sweetie - before i forget, you left th elast sentence half written in the first paragraph of 'Recipe for making your own citrus lip gloss'..

      sorry, but i'd wanna know..

      i adore grapefruit, yes red mostly, never thought of putting it on my skin, but, i'm not oily either..

      i don't think i got a zit till i was pregnant...lol

      sharing..

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Honestly I have no idea what witch hazel smells like, but I'm intrigued now! Grapefruit and green tea sounds like a great combination. Thanks for another amazing recipe.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Abby,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I am a big fan of grapefruit too but don't eat it regularly as Epilepsy medication I am on is listed as one that may be affected with grapefruit. I never knew that before until my last recipe for the mask so take precautions now. Enjoy your favorite fruit and cheers for commenting!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      This is a perfect toner for combination skins so hope you enjoy trying it out. i find it so refreshing and has a tightening quality on the skin. Cheers for the visit and comment Janet!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      Thanks so much for checking this out, glad you enjoyed this one!! Appreciate your constant support!

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I'd have a difficult time with this one, Suzie, as grapefruit is my absolute favorite fruit. I might eat the astringent before using it topically. LOL. Thank you for another great recipe! :-)

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      This recipe is absolutely perfect for me as it has only three but great ingredients. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Another great article for the queen of natural, homemade skincare products! I normally just use witch hazel as a toner (when I think to do it). I'll have to be more dilligent!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi skin-care-natural,

      Appreciate you taking time to read and comment, glad you enjoyed this fresh approach to skin care!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Joe,

      You always write so beautifully, thank you for such a lovely comment!

      What a gorgeous way of phrasing "applying figurative astringent to our brain cells and tightening up the old noggin" LOVE IT!

      Your visits are something I look forward to Joe, many thanks for dropping by with some creative writing.

      Aloha my friend and have a great week!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      He is extraordinary how he gets in so quick! I love having my two Bill's support of that be assured! Cheers and ciao!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Appreciate as always your interest in my DIY library! I need to start other avenues with it as it is growing. Hope you have a great week ahead and many thanks for your votes, shares and pin!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Hoping you had a great weekend! This astringent obviously not the one for you then?? LOL Not a problem!!

      Mickster always has something to say, you know him! Thanks Bill for bringing a smile to this wee Irish lasses face! Catch you during the week!!!!!

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      Clara Myers 4 years ago from USA, East Coast

      Such a wonderful combination of ingredients I couldn't help but stop by and thank you for this. Wonderful!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Suzie, methinks you are a contemporary alchemist! You're a wizard at researching and putting together these concoctions AND the hubs about them. Another wonderful job here...and when you include all those mouth-watering citrus temptations, along with a topnotch hub from our East Indian friend, Rajan, well...it's a recipe for intriguing reading. It's like applying figurative astringent to our brain cells and tightening up the old noggin! With that, I bid you a fond adieu...wait, make that a sweet aloha!

      ~Joe

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Oh well, I tried. Guess I took too long to post and Bill beat me to the punch. Have a great week.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. Great to be the first to comment. I learned a few new things here about the grapefruit and green tea. Yet another wonderful addition your DIY library. Keep them coming. Voted up, share, pinned, etc....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I knew we were in trouble as soon as I read the title. I don't have a clue what an astringent is, and I hate grapefruit.....and witch hazel....are you talking about an old girlfriend of mine? LOL

      Seriously, Suzie, I want to know what the Mickster has to say about this. I'm going to stop right here and let him say all the things I'm thinking.

      Have a great week, Irish! It is sunny and beautiful here, and there is a feeling of great things to come for all of us. :)

      bill