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Hydrating Lavender and Rose Water Toner

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Rose water toner - Dr. Axe

Skin and facial toners are very helpful in a healthy, natural skin care regimen because they can balance the skin’s pH and help it heal, largely from beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants and humectants that it may contain. I have developed an awesome DIY hydrating lavender and rose water toner that you are going to love.

Rose water is made from rose petals and a by-product of the production of rose essential oil, which is different from rosehip oil; however, one of the biggest reasons you want to make your own is because most toners on the market today contain skin-damaging alcohol and preservatives. Making your own will not only help you have healthier skin, but it will save you money, too! 

But enough about why it is good, let’s get into making it right at home so that you can apply it to your face today. Let’s start by grabbing a small bowl and a small whisk or spoon.

Rose water is our star ingredient acting as an anti-inflammatory. It soothes skins and has a rich source of antioxidants, which can help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue. It’s also a great choice for sensitive skin. Place the rose water in the bowl.

Now, let’s add the witch hazel. Witch hazel may have a funny name, but it includes natural astringent properties and can help tighten the skin, providing a more youthful appearance. Look for an alcohol-free version since alcohol can dry out the skin.

Apple cider vinegar is up next. Apple cider vinegar helps remove bacteria-forming dead skin due to the malic acid it contains, which is a natural exfoliant. It also contains natural antibacterial properties, making it great at keeping skin clear and clean.

Meanwhile, rosehip oil is running a close race with the amazing coconut oil containing anti-aging benefits that make it a true winner and give it a place on the shelf of my bathroom closet. It contains essential fatty acids, and when those fatty acids, also known as vitamin F, are absorbed through the skin, they greatly benefit the cellular membrane and tissue regeneration. Let’s go ahead and add this to the mixture and stir.

Tea tree essential oil is great for helping reduce acne and scarring. Add 5 drops to the mixture and blend. Now, let’s add a relaxing or refreshing scent. I have chosen lavender oil for its relaxing properties and its ability to help with acne, but orange oil is another option if you want to go with a refreshing citrus scent.

Once you have added these final ingredients, blend one last time, then transfer to a small glass spray bottle. You can find these bottles most anywhere, and they are perfect for spraying the face with your natural lavender and rose water toner.

To apply, cleanse the face well, perhaps using a pure cleanser like Castile soap. Then, eyes closed, spray the toner onto the face. You can rub it around if you like or just let it air dry. It should feel refreshing. Add your favorite facial moisturizer for dry skin, such jojoba oil or a little shea butter, and apply makeup as usual. This is also perfect before going to bed.

Hydrating Lavender and Rose Water Toner

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 20–30 sprays

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons rose water
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5–10 drops rosehip oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil or your favorite essential oil scent

Directions:

  1. Get a small bowl and a small whisk or spoon.
  2. Place the rose water, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, rosehip oil, tea tree oil and lavender oil in the bowl. Mix well.
  3. Transfer to a small glass spray bottle.
  4. To apply, cleanse the face well, then, eyes closed, spray the toner onto the face. Add your favorite natural facial moisturizer.
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