Though skin health comes from within, and what you eat and drink will ultimately show on your skin, one can still benefit from a good skin care routine. Facial toner specifically can be a crucial addition. It’s the pH balancing step after washing and before moisturizing. I never used to use toners, but after I started, I was hooked.
My first love was rose water, and still is a reliable floral spritz. I carry rose water around with me everywhere, and tend to switch up the essential oils I add depending on my mood, the time of month, or season. This toner, however, is nothing but steeped tea. It stays in the bathroom, and is wonderful right before bed as a calming finish to my day.
The first time I tried this, I had leftover lavender chamomile tea from the night before. Not wanting to throw it away, I decided to put it on my face. Knowing lavender as balancing, and chamomile as calming and brightening, I figured this could be wonderful for the skin. I noticed a difference immediately after applying. Overall redness had reduced. My skin was brighter. I simply felt calm and at ease. This, I thought, is a wonderful nighttime addition.
The recipe is simple and great for all skin types. As you may have guessed, it is made with dried chamomile and lavender flowers. You can buy dried flowers or tea bags; whichever is easier. The beauty of this recipe is the delicateness of the tea. Instead of adding a host of other ingredients or essential oils, you can now focus on the quality of these gentle flowers. Who would have known something so simple would be so effective?
I’m excited to share this with you in hopes it can have the same calming and nourishing effect on you as it did on me.
You Will Need
1 tsp dried chamomile flowers
1 tsp dried lavender flowers
or 1 chamomile lavender tea bag
1 cup water
What to Do
I. Add dried flowers or tea bag in a mug and pour in a cup of boiling water.
II. Allow to steep for a few minutes, covered.
III. Remove tea bag, or drain out dried flowers and allow to cool.
IV. Dip a cotton ball or swab in and apply on damp face after washing and before moisturizing.
Makes 1 cup