Since my diagnosis with hypothyroidism, I’ve been doing a number of things to work towards natural healing. Since a super-restrictive diet really doesn’t work for me in the long term, one area I have been focusing on is reducing my environmental toxins. As part of this, I’ve started making almost all of our cleaners and many of my beauty products as well.
Many of us are cautious about our diets and try to eat organic as much as we can. However, all that caution goes out the window when it comes to what we put ON our skin. Sadly, these toxins are absorbed just as easily as those we eat. This is bad news for most of us since the average woman uses twelve personal care products a day!
Today’s Cooling Cucumber Toner is one of my favorites! I’m a bit toner obsessed and a great thing about making my own is that I can have different toners for whatever happens to be going on with my skin that day. I love this one all the time, especially when my skin is irritated from the dry heat.
It is packed with lots of good stuff to help your skin look great!
Geranium is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and works to revitalize skin cells. It is especially good for mature and combination skin as it works to balance sebum production. In may be used for all skin types and is great for dehydrated skin and can help fight wrinkles.
Lavender is soothing and helps to calm irritated skin. It is anti-inflammatory, regenerative and antiseptic and is also great for dehydrated skin and is also helpful wrinkles.
Witch Hazel is a gentle astringent that is great for oily, normal and combination skin. If you have extremely dry skin, feel free to omit.
Cucumber is slightly astringent as well as soothing to the skin. It works to even the skin tone.
Cooling Cucumber Toner
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
2 tablespoons filtered water
1 tablespoon witch hazel
8 drops Geranium essential oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
In a small food processor combine cucumber and water. Process until smooth. Transfer mixture to a fine metal strainer and place over a bowl. Allow to strain for at least one hour. You can press the mixture with a clean hand to get more liquid out.
Transfer liquid to a small bowl and stir in Witch Hazel, Geranium and Lavender essential oil. Place a funnel on top of a storage jar and transfer mixture. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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