Every summer as the heat and humidity peaks, I experiment with homemade facial cleansers and toners. And in the last few months, dirt, oil, moisture, and makeup accumulate much more quickly on the surface of my skin. These quick natural solutions are especially refreshing.
I’ve tried a number of do-it-yourself facial recipes, and some have done wonders to help me freshen and tighten my skin.
Facial skin differs from other parts of the body. Perhaps the most apparent difference is that there are more sebaceous glands on the face, which means it produces more acidic oil than other areas of skin. Combined with heat, humidity, and exposure to common outdoor elements, the result is often enlarged pores and a sticky, grimy feeling you may know all too well.
The solution? Nature’s seasonal ingredients. In the summer, all my facial toners contain things that come straight out of our community garden, and do well to balance both my mood and my skin’s pH level. Here are my two most reliable homemade facial toners to help you get through the dog days of summer:
Watermelon Lavender Lift
This recipe is best for both quick creation and application. People have always used witch hazel for skin lightening, and you can easily counter its nipping smell with a drop of lavender.
What you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup of fresh watermelon
- 2 tablespoons witch hazel
Mash and strain the watermelon, and mix the resulting juice with your witch hazel and lavender. Apply this mixture to your face with a cotton ball, using gentle upward strokes. Rinse with cold water.
To turn this toner into a cleansing facial mask, just add 1/8 of a cup of raw yogurt and blend. Apply the same way you would as a toner, and let it sit on your skin for three minutes. When time is up, rinse off using cold water.
Cucumber Lemon Brightening Mist
Just as simple with a few ingredients, my cucumber lemon spray stays in the fridge for a few days alongside my rechargeable mister. It’s perfect for little league games, picnics, hikes, or even just running errands—the cucumber is naturally cooling. Not to mention the fragrance of cucumber is summery, giving you a sense of nostalgia each time you use this item.
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1/2 cup of water
- 6 drops fresh lemon juice
Peel the cucumber and chop it into half-inch cubes. Combine your water and cucumber pieces in a small saucepan, and render over high heat for five minutes. Be sure your mixture does not boil.
To use it, remove your spray bottle from the fridge, close your eyes, and spritz the toner onto your face. The first application may take your breath away, but when the initial chill fades, your refreshed skin will thank you.
Cucumber lemon brightening mist can be stored in the fridge for up to three days. Don’t be surprised if other family members find use in it to cool down their skin, too. If your mixture is as popular as mine, it may not last the weekend!
Sometimes, it seems as if my skin has multiple personalities. Thankfully I’m not alone, as many women in their 30s have combination skin like I do. Of course you can also take a proactive approach to skin care by staying hydrated, avoiding cigarettes, keeping your skin moisturized, and using sun protection. If you’re already doing these things, a homemade facial toner is the icing on the cake.
What DIY facial products have you made? Which recipes worked, and what ingredients are best in your experience?
Images source: Bethany Johnson
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