There are a lot of things that I enjoy about summer. I love the sun coming up early to motivate me to wake up and get moving. I love summer evenings spent at our local ice cream shop.
The biggest problem I have during the summer is that my face tends to be rather oily compared to my dryer, winter skin. The constant sweating, combined with regular application of sunscreen has a tendency to clog pores. And when pores get clogged, acne soon follows! The easiest way to unclog those pores is to use some sort of astringent or facial toner on a regular basis. While searching for DIY facial toners I could make at home, I came across a number of them that use fresh herbs. That sounded very appealing since my back yard is loaded with fresh herbs right now!
There are a lot of herbs that can be beneficial for summer skin care but the two that really appealed to me were rosemary and mint. Mainly because those two herbs are extremely prolific in my garden and I love the smell of them! Mint has anti-inflammatory properties which means it can take some of the redness out of insect bites or acne. It also helps get rid of blackheads which will result in a clearer complexion. Rosemary contains a wide array of nutrients such as iron, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants. It helps nourish the skin and improve circulation. There are dozens of uses for rosemary and it is incredibly easy to grow. I suggest you plant some this spring! If you are hoping to improve your own summer skin care routine, I encourage you to give this DIY facial toner a try. If you don’t care for rosemary and mint you could do a bit of research for other herbs that are beneficial to the skin.
The process for creating this DIY facial toner is simple: Just steep the herbs in 1 cup of almost boiling water for 10 minutes (just like if you were making tea!). Strain the herbs out and let it cool. When the herb infused water is cool, add anywhere from a few tablespoons to a 1/4 cup of witch hazel (the oilier the skin, the more witch hazel you use). This facial toner can be applied with a cotton ball or spritzed directly onto the face from a glass spray bottle (close your eyes!). Store it in the refrigerator for a refreshing burst of ‘cool’ when you clean your face! You can leave a sprig of mint and rosemary in the jar when you store it for a bit of added ‘umph’ to your facial toner!
DIY Rosemary Mint Facial Toner
Yields 1 1/4 cups
DIY Rosemary Mint Facial Toner
This DIY facial toner is a great addition to your summer skin care routine!
- 1 cup almost boiling water
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 2 to 3 TBSP rosemary needles (fresh)
- Witch Hazel ( anywhere from 2 TBSP to 1/4 cup depending on how ‘strong’ you want this astringent!)
- When water is almost boiling, pour over the mint and rosemary in a glass bowl
- Let mixture sit for 10 to 15 minutes
- Strain herbs out of the water
- Let cool to room temperature
- Add Witch Hazel ( 2 TBSP or up to 1/4 cup). The more you add the more ‘drying’ this will be.
- Store at room temperature for a week or in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.