HOMEMADE TONIC x3
Most women couldn’t imagine their everyday beauty rituals without tonic. Used always after having cleaned the skin and before applying face cream its task is to restore the proper (a bit acid) ph (5,5) to our skin. That’s the main task of a tonic 😉 Unfortunately, just like numerous popular soaps, cleansing face gels have one main disadvantage – they very often make your skin dry. That may result in increased exfoliating and blackhead occurrence, and that’s what nobody wants! In order to avoid that, one has to apply tonics with proper properties. One needs to remember that the properties depend on the ingredients. Although water is usually the base, a moisturizing one, or an acne one would work different than the anti-aging one. As I have mixed complexion myself, with a tendency to get greasy, today I will focus on cleansing ones. I believe that not only will they help you fight with spots and imperfections, but also allow you to save some money. Nothing can replace nature, and you could always use a new pair of shoes, right? 😀
I. GREEN TEA TONIC
It was my mom who first told me about this one. She’s the master of homemade cosmetics 😉 She even bakes her own bread, does very tasty preserves and is a kitchen fairy when it comes to all “homemade ways” 😉 There are legends about health properties of green tea. Japanese and Chinese made the cosmetics industry interested in it as well. No wonder! Green tea tonic, besides cleansing, delays aging processes, works antibacterial and visibly reduces large pores. It makes the skin fresh and velvet like and can be successfully used for removing your make up. I use it in shifts with olive oil instead of micellar fluid 😉
Pour 60-80 C water on the tea (not boiling water, as it loses its properties!) and brew longer than usually – about 10-15 minutes. Then cool the mixture down to room temperature and wipe your face gently with it. You can pour the rest into a closed bottle and keep in the fridge. Remember that it expires after 3-4 days, so there’s no point in storing it all winter 😉
II. APPLE VINEGAR TONIC
We very often depend on apple’s nutritive properties – full of carbs and pectins they’re both tasty and a perfect way to take care of your skin. Yet apple extract would be best for that – vinegar. I decided to try it when a friend recommended it to me. Cosmetics grapevine always works! 😉 Vinegar tonic fights bacteria responsible for acne, it’ll lighten up your complexion and thanks to flavonoids (natural obturate substances) it’ll strengthen your capillaries. It’ll exfoliate your skin and make your complexion look younger as it contains antioxidants and organic acids.
Mix a bit of vinegar 1:1 with tepid boiled water. Pour it on a pad and wipe your face with it. This way or even with some more water it’s perfect for everyday care – prepare an amount that would last for a week. The acid in the tonic works antibacterial and fungicide, so you don’t need to keep it in the fridge. I do that anyway, as I love the feeling of refreshing cold 😉
III. LEMON TONIC
If you have problems with discolorations, you should become closer friends with lemons! Used regularly, its juice perfectly highlights them, that’s why I always have at least one of them in the fridge. This sunny citrus is perfect not only for your morning tea, but is a real vitamin bomb! As it contains a huge amount of vitamin C, it stops the production of free radicals (aging processes) and stimulates collagen production, responsible for skin elasticity. It’s a perfect weapon in your fight for being young! 😉 It’ll vitalize tired complexion, and will give shine to an older one. Lemon tonic works also in an antibacterial way, as it dries acne. Therefore it’s recommended for oily and mixed complexions, which have a tendency for discolorations. If your skin is sensitive, use lemon tonic rather on particular places. As it contains fruit acids, used too often may result in strong irritation.
Extract juice from a half of a lemon and mix 1:1 with tepid boiled water. Pour it on a pad and wipe your skin – voila! 😉 You can keep it in the fridge for 4-5 days. For me it’s perfect to use in the evening, when I’m not planning on leaving anywhere anymore. Used during the day before exposing the skin to the sun may cause irreversible discolorations.