Nothing is more cooling and invigorating to hot summer skin than a chilled splash or spritz of a freshly made, fragrant natural skin toner. Like a summer breeze that soothes your parched skin and revives your senses, these lightly scented toners can be customized to your particular skin type and fragrance preference.
Give Your Skin A "Drink"
Natural skin toners have been used for centuries to refresh, pamper, and gently scent the skin and air. The following toner recipes can be applied as a splash, a light mist from a spray bottle, or with cotton balls. Use at any time of the day or immediately after cleansing to remove traces of cleanser and prepare your skin for moisturizer. Store in the refrigerator and discard after 5 days unless otherwise indicated.
1. For normal to oily skin, brew a cup of strong peppermint or lemon balm tea. Chill it, and use it to remove excess oil and shine from your skin.
2. For itchy, rashy skin, pour a cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of crushed fennel seeds. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain and chill.
3. For all skin types, brew a cup of strong chamomile tea, chill, and use to soften and moisturize. This is particularly good to use during the winter, when skin dehydrates and chaps easily.
4. For normal and dry skin, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin to 1/2 cup of rose water or rose hydrosol (the watery byproduct of essential oil extraction). The glycerin will act as a humectant and draw water vapor from the air to your skin. This makes a super, light floral summer moisturizer that can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six months. Shake before each use.
NOTE: The above blog was written by Stephanie Tourles, lic. holistic esthetician, aromatherapist, and herbalist. The author disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information. It is for educational purposes only. Please use your common sense when applying new herbal formulations to your skin. Discontinue use immediately should you develop a rash or irritation.