Skin Toner is an important process of cleaning your face. Just cleansing your face isn’t good enough as it can leave traces of makeup, oils, & dirt still on your face that have been on your face all day. If you touch your face at all throughout the day, that’s just another way to transfer bacteria on your face. Whether you have been outside or not, our faces collect debris and other pollutants from the environment. All of that can lead to inflammation on your face which in turn can turn your face into a battlefield of acne & pimples if not treated or not treated correctly. If you don’t use a skin toner, it should be added to your skin care routine because of the above reasons. Always look for ingredients that will help your skin type and the fewer the ingredients the better. Always look for ingredients that you know what they are without having to Google them or researching what they are. Avoid using alcohol on your face as it dries out the skin and is harsh to the skin.
Skin Toner Recipe
good for all skin types
Steep 1 bag of organic Rooibos tea in 8 -12 oz filtered water (I normally use 12 ounces)
Lavender essential oil – 6 drops
Tea Tree essential oil – 6 drops
Let the tea steep for the amount specified on package, usually 5 minutes. Let tea cool. In at least a 13 ounce plastic, colored spray bottle, combine the above three ingredients & shake the bottle (with top properly attached tight to bottle) to mix the ingredients well. Keep in the refrigerator. Shake well before each use; this is a very important step to do as the oils separate from the tea when it sits. Shaking it blends the mixture again making the benefits of each ingredient become active.
Keeping this in the refrigerator will make it last longer and will feel refreshing on those hot days. When you use it, you will find this refreshes, hydrates, & plumps up your skin. Use on face, neck, and décolletage.
It is best to use organic ingredients because of the chemicals & pesticides that non organic has in them which can be major irritants & allergens.
There are two suggestions with using this toner.
#1. Saturate a cotton ball/pad with water first. and slightly squeeze out the excess water. Then spritz a couple of sprays of the toner on it. This is suggested because our faces need water in order to hydrate our skin, and the ingredients in it have beneficial properties (even though it has tea in it which has water in it) for the skin.
#2. After using it on your face, allow your face to dry before putting any other products on your face. This locks in the benefits from the ingredients into your skin and will allow it to go into the other layers of your skin.
Why use these ingredients?
Rooibos Tea has anti inflammatory, antiviral, & anti mutagenic properties. It is known to help acne, pimples, and sunburns. Keeps skin looking young because of the powerhouse of antioxidants in it which will help reduce sunspots and wrinkles. It helps keep the skin calm and steers clear of skin conditions such as eczema & skin cancer, thus the antioxidants help protect the skin from harmful allergies & skin issues. I personally use this tea as it helps calm my very sensitive skin. I wanted something other than just water in my toner, so when I saw the benefits of using this tea on the skin, I thought it was a great choice and it has been, so I will continue using this tea when I make toner.
Lavender essential oil has anti inflammatory properties and high in antioxidants, so it is very nourishing (& healing) to the skin and an excellent choice in treating skin conditions. It helps keep acne at bay, heals wounds & minor burns, soothes eczema & dry skin conditions. Lavender is known to detoxify the skin and prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and dark age spots due to having beneficial phytochemicals that fight free radical damage caused by environmental stressors such as the sun & pollution. I added this ingredient because I get an occasional pimple around my nose, and it has helped keep that at bay.
Tee Tree essential oil like the other two ingredients has anti inflammatory properties, but has anti microbial properties too. It is a popular choice for treating acne and is believed to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. It helps reduce & prevent acne scars, so it will help with having clear, smooth skin. Tea Tree also called Melaleuca (or TI Tree) can help reduce itching & irritation and help soothe dry skin, thus the reason why it helps with different skin conditions. The anti-septic properties help to combat oily skin. I added this to help with the oiliness in my T-zone and the occasional pimple I was getting around my nose, and it has helped with both.