I had a wonderful facial recently. While I was in my facial trance, the aesthetician mentioned I should use toner after washing my face.
I have always steered clear of toners because I have fairly dry skin and I thought toner would further dry my skin.
Then, I read more about witch hazel.
The primary ingredient in witch hazel is a tannin acid derivative called catechol tannin. When applied to wounds, cuts and abrasions, tannins constrict the tiny capillaries below the skin surface. Witch hazel is best known for its use with hemorrhoids.
But, it can also be used as a toner for your face. Using witch hazel to disinfect the skin reduces the presence of bacteria on the face. This reduction minimizes skin inflammation and the likelihood of pimples and blackheads developing.
Lavender essential oil inhibits bacteria that causes skin infection, and helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation.
Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to the witch hazel can greatly increase the potential for relief and healing of any skin blemishes.
DIY skin toner (and it’s inexpensive):
- One bottle of witch hazel (I bought mine at the local drug store).
- Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil (to learn more about the essential oils I use and buy at wholesale prices, follow me over here…)
*I store this in a glass bottle because essential oils can leach from plastic bottles contaminating the solution.
I put some on a cotton ball and swipe it over my face after washing and before adding moisturizer.
Here’s to happy, healthy skin!