When I finally made the decision to throw out all my expensive, lab tested, beautifully packaged over the counter beauty products in exchange for safer and cheaper homemade personal care products like honey face wash and frankincense face cream, I remember feeling nervous. Was it going to be worth it? And then I remember feeling silly for being so attached to bottles and containers. What I soon discovered was that the transition to homemade, non-toxic beauty products was actually pretty easy. Plus, they were much more effective, which sealed the deal for me. One of these former toxic face care items that was replaced with the real deal was astringent. I love the way astringent feels on the skin, and found apple cider vinegar to deliver that same sensation. This simple DIY calming facial astringent takes it to the next level of relaxation.
“Around this time last year, I made the brave decision to stop the buying expensive green bottles of astringent I used to help clean and freshen my skin (at least that’s what the astringent claimed to accomplish). The $45 bottle of lab-formulated, skin-perfecting facial toner didn’t seem to help my skin at all. It only took a good 12 months (that’s nearly $540–yikes!!) of monthly visits to the mall to realize I may want to rethink the toner game.
It was at this time (and with a lot of research on natural skin solutions) that I discovered an amazing remedy already available in my pantry: apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar, in its raw form, is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic solution, which in non-fancy terms simply means this simple ingredient can help fight bacteria, germs, and even mold! And it only costs $4 for a large bottle!
Since smelling like a freshly tossed salad wasn’t an option, I decided to create a simple homemade astringent using water and raw apple cider vinegar, along with a favorite skin-friendly essential oil. Within a few weeks, the benefits of daily homemade astringent application were quite evident. My skin felt clean and looked radiant. And the best part? My troublesome break-outs started to disappear. Plus, I was actually saving money!
Chamomile is one of my favorite herbs for creating skin-calming recipes. That’s right! The chamomile tea bags purchased at the store are good for so much more than just a good night’s sleep.
Chamomile contains flavonoids which help to protect the skin from free radicals and damage from the sun or other environmental influences. The soothing herb may be used to help heal frustrating skin conditions, such as: rashes and acne, making it the perfect ingredient for sprucing up my already beloved astringent recipe.
DIY Calming Chamomile Facial Astringent sounds complicated, but it’s really a simple creation made with only two main ingredients: chamomile tea and apple cider vinegar.”