It is just hot as blazes where I live these days and I have a lovely and crazy easy little homemade beauty product for you that is perfect for summer.
This is a toner mist but don’t shy away from that word “toner” because back in the day- when I was a teenager toner meant Sea Breeze or Oxy. A harsh toner that you swiped on with cotton balls and that was supposed to clear up any dirt and oil left behind from cleansers.
Usually a toner like that is too harsh for most of us and as a person with oily skin, I have to be careful that I don’t cleanse my skin to death and start producing more oil to balance it out.
So this is a different style of toner that is very gentle and hydrating. Plus it couldn’t be easier to make and it feels wonderful when you spritz it on.
This is especially nice for those of us with oily skin or if you occasionally get breakouts in summer. The green tea is nice for soothing skin and this is a great option for dry skin in winter. If you will be doing any travelling on airplanes, you might consider whipping this up.
Green Tea is just awesome for your skin- it can make your skin look brighter and fresher. Green Tea has lots of antioxidants so hopefully your skin soaks up lots of good stuff. Oh and when you are picking out your tea- any brand is fine- but don’t get caffeine free and try to find something with lemon or honey (or both). Those added ingredients are great for the skin. I got a box of Bigelow tea for about $2 at Target.
To make this is so easy- heat one cup of water in the micro for about 1 minute to get it nice and hot. I used filtered water not plain tap water. Take a plain Green Tea tea bag and dunk it in the hot water. Let steep for about an hour. Remove the tea bag and place the green tea in the fridge until chilled. Add to a small spritzer. Store in the fridge or a very cool spot in your bathroom.
In the morning and at night after you cleanse your skin, spritz this toner on your skin and then follow up with your moisturizer and sunscreen.
As an alternative, you can save the tea and put it in a mason jar and then use a cotton ball to actually rub it on instead of a spritz. Don’t rinse as you want this getting into your pores.
And this is completely optional but you can get extra hydration by adding 2-3 drops of vitamin e oil to your spritz.
I find this refreshing after my workouts too- especially in the summer heat. You might also take this with you to the beach or pool for little freshening up. Just keep it in the cooler so it stays nice and chilled.
So this should be fine for all skin types but you might talk to your Dermatologist first just in case.
AND if you like the cute little blue bottle-
- I use a little blue essential oil bottle – mine was $2.19 at Whole Foods for the plastic version. There are similar styles available on Amazon in glass or plastic.
And here are a few other easy beauty DIYs:
Homemade Lotion Bars- great gift idea!