My skin and I have been in somewhat of a battle for about 12 years. I felt like I was always breaking out, the circles under my eyes were enormous and dark, my skin was too dry, and then too oily and then too both. Not too much fun.
I won’t say that I have perfect skin now. Absolutely not. But I have taken steps towards being more kind to my skin in the past four years and I think these little (and some major) adjustments have helped! My skin has been clearer since going vegan four years ago and I feel less bloated, I am wearing sunscreen on my face all the time now, and my most recent shift was clearing my cabinets of the harsh chemical-filled face washes, moisturizers, spot treatments and creams. The all natural route is the better route for me.
My mom used to wake me up with a rosemary water spritz around my bed and at night, it was a lavender water spray to calm me down before sleep. I’ve always loved the feeling of a cooling spray on my face and neck. The adult word for this is “toner” and now I’ve invented my own little formula for a healing, tightening, hydrating and sweet-smelling toner that is great at any time of day, soaks into the skin easily and feels so refreshing and soothing.
Facial mister bottle
Pure witch hazel
Lavender essential oil
Tea tree essential oil
Clean your mister bottle.
Fill your bottle 1/3 with water, 1/3 with rosewater and 1/3 with witch hazel.
Add 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil.
Put the top on, shake it up and start misting! Cooling on a hot summer’s day, rejuvenating upon rising, smoothing in the middle of the day and hydrating before bed, this toner does it all.
Healthful properties of the ingredients:
Rosewater: helps maintain pH balance, controls excess oil, anti-inflammatory properties (helps reduce acne, redness in skin)
Witch Hazel: natural astringent, fights against sun damage, excess sweating, eczema, reduces itching
Lavender: anti-inflammatory properties, may help in treating insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, restores skin complexion, can slow aging with powerful antioxidants
Tea Tree: helps fight acne, helps fight against bacterial infections
*tip: Definitely before putting any of these things onto your face in large quantity, do a spot check of each of the ingredients on your skin to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction to any of them! When you’re in the clear, make this spray ASAP because it feels so good!