Skin Toner

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Your bathroom cabinets are probably overflowing with all kinds of wrinkle-free creams, scrubs, and serums that claim they are magically anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, and age-reversing. At least, that is what I used to have in my cabinet! If you are one of those people who keeps a drawer full of expensive facial products, then consider something different and treat your skin by making your own products at home.

Each month, I will share a natural beauty treatment that I have made or tried myself with great results. This month, I feature a natural skin toner that I learned about and had the opportunity to make during my visit at Wildwood Lifestyle Center in Wildwood, Georgia. If you have a little time in your schedule, and you want to avoid harsh chemicals or unnecessarily expensive products, then try giving your skin a natural makeover. Next month, I’ll show you how you can make a natural moisturizer that will prevent cracked and dry skin, but for now, give your skin a kiss with a natural skin toner. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at malindap@refocusonu.org

Lemon Water
Air dry about a handful lemon skins for three days on a cookie sheet. Stuff them in a 1-quart mason jar and fill the jar with 7 parts water and 8 parts vegetable glycerin.
Refrigerate for four days before using.
This solution can be stored for up to three months in the refrigerator.

Rose Water
Collect organic rose petals (straight from the bush—not sprayed). Fill a quart mason jar with petals and then fill the jar with 7 parts water and 1 part vegetable glycerin. Cook the content in a slow cooker for 24 hours at 150°. Strain and store in the refrigerator.

How to make toner:
1. Start with ½ cup of lemon or rose water (If you have oily skin, dilute tonic water with distilled water).
2. Add 10 drops of rose oil or other essential oil to the lemon or rose tonic.
3. Add 50 drops of grapeseed extract, which is a natural preservative
4. Add 1 tbsp. of polysorbate 20, which is an emulsifier (to help the water mix with the oil).
5. Before pouring the tonic into a spray bottle, spray the inside of the bottle with alcohol to sterilize it. Then pour in the toner.

How to use:
After washing your face, spray a fine mist over it, avoiding or covering your eyes, and let it dry naturally.

Lemon and rose water benefits:
• Strong antioxidant
• Helps with sun damaged skin
• Good quality skin nutrition
• Hydrates the skin