Over the years I’ve spent a small fortune on skincare products, ranging from popular drugstore brands to high-end spa recommendations. While I don’t have categorically “bad” skin, I wasn’t exactly born with a J-Lo glow either. I’ve embraced the term ‘all-natural’ as it applies to other areas of my life (namely food), and found that its effect has trickled into my beauty routine too – and my face looks all the better for it! In the last six months I’ve experimented with several regiments, but am loving my current combination:
- Raw Honey & Baking Soda as Face Wash ~ I mix approximately 1/2 Tablespoon Raw Honey with 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda, in the palm of my hand, warming it as I go. I then massage the mixture onto my face and rinse with warm water.
- Apple Cider Vinegar or this as Toner
- Sweet Almond Oil as Moisturizer
My skin is smooth, and I am happy to leave all of the toxic chemicals behind. Below, I’ve listed the benefits of each ingredient I use, as well as included a step-by-step DIY for Rose Water Toner. The Rose Water is especially nice to have on hand as a refreshing mist, or frozen. I love to swipe an icy cube of it over my face after a sweaty run.
Raw Honey: Moisturizing, Gentle (suitable for all skin types)
Baking Soda: Exfoliating, Soothing (especially with a sunburn!)
Apple Cider Vinegar: Astringent, PH Balancing
Tea Tree Oil (Spot Treatment): Anti-Fungal/Anti-Viral, Drying
Sweet Almond Oil: Softening, Sun Protector
Rose Water: Anti-Inflammatory, Mood-Enhancing
DIY Rose Water Toner
1. I picked 10 roses from around our yard. Looks don’t matter here, so I clipped the flowers that were starting to wilt and/or had browning petals. If you buy your roses, you might want to ask if the merchant has any they are ready to throw away (I know my local grocery store makes a discard pile every night), as they will often sell them at a discounted price – or even give them to you for free (Score!). I chose to use yellow roses simply because they’re my favorite, but red or pink would also be perfect.
2. This step is important, as evidenced above! I give my roses a good rinse before and after I pluck them.
3. Remove all of the petals from their stems, and rinse once more.
4. Place the petals in a shallow pan and add just enough water to cover them. I used approximately 3 cups.
5. Over medium heat, simmer the petals with the lid on for 15-20 minutes. If you’re using red or pink roses, you’ll notice that the petals will start to lose their color. This is less noticeable with the yellow, but your simmered water should have a golden tint and strong rose scent.
6. Allow the rose water to cool. Strain the cooled mixture and discard the petals. Pour the liquid into ice cube trays or a spray bottle. Freeze, if desired.
~ Kept in the refrigerator, the mist will last for up to 2 weeks.
7. Enjoy on a warm day!