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I may be in my 20’s (ok fine, really late 20’s), but my face still breaks out from time to time. You’d think my skin would have figured it out by now, but it still struggles like it did when I was in my teens. Albeit, nowhere near as bad, but enough that it’s still annoying. I’ve used just about every product out there on the market including all the fancy full-strength expensive ones prescribed by a dermatologist. Ones that worked fairly well were of course the insanely expensive and chock-full-of-harsh-chemical ones.
Since, I’ve settled on a simple face wash followed by a swipe all around my face with a little of my homemade astringent (only at night). I decided to start going the more natural route in my skin care regimen, and it’s helped my skin tremendously!
Astringents are great for oily and acne prone skin and help to shrink and close pores by blocking the dirt from clogging them. However, most astringents found in stores contain harsh chemicals to our skin, such as alcohol and salicylic acid, as well as fragrances and dyes that are unnecessary. Alcohol can really dry out your skin, and every time I used store bought astringents, it would sting terribly!
So instead of putting your skin through all that; just make your own! Not only is it easy, it’s so much better for your skin, too! It doesn’t dry out my skin with daily use, even in the dry winter months. This homemade facial astringent also only uses two ingredients. I told you it was easy!
Witch hazel is actually a plant, and has many different medical uses. As an astringent, it naturally tightens skin. Witch hazel also contains tannins which help to reduce swelling, fight bacteria, and help to repair broken skin. Woohoo!
And even better, the essential oils are an added bonus! They provide some extra health benefits, and they smell good! You can read some more info on which ones are best to use down below.
You will also need a simple glass bottle or jar to store the astringent in. I like to use the bottles that I use for cooking oil because it’s a lot easier to just dab a little on my cotton ball.
To make your astringent, simply pour the witch hazel into your bottle until it’s about full. Add 20 drops total of your favorite essential oils. I like to use a mixture of lavender and the purification oil blend, but the possibilities are endless!
To use, after washing your face with your normal cleanser, simply dab some on a cotton ball and wipe your face. I notice it even helps take off any extra makeup left behind from my face wash, and my face never stings or feels tight after I use it. Seriously guys, it’s so refreshing!
Recommended Essential Oils to use:
You can mix and match these oils to your liking, but I usually use a mix of lavender and purification (an oil blend) or frankincense. I like to have a little acne help with the lavender, and the frankincense helps to improve the healthy look of my skin (yes, please!)!
(If you decide to use lemon in your astringent, make sure to only use your astringent at night as lemon makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight.)
The 3 oils that I use in this recipe are available in the Premium Essential Oil Starter Kit, which is an amazing deal and comes with everything shown below! If you’ve been wanting to start using Essential Oils and reap some fabulous health benefits (AND get them at wholesale prices), you can find out more info HERE!
Have a fabulous weekend, friends!
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