You have to try my Lemon Balm Homemade Face Toner! Its Fabulous stuff! Made with Just 3 Ingredients this completely natural toner can Brighten, Tighten and Clean tired and dull skin. Give it a go and restore your skin’s natural Glow! Here’s how I make it….
First, What is a Skin Toner?
A skin Toner is a useful tonic that is applied after you have cleansed your face. Its purpose is to draw out any remaining impurities and traces of dirt or grime that may be clogging up your pores. When added regularly to your daily skin care routine it can have a major impact on the appearance and tightness of your skin!
A good Toner can Shrink the appearance of Pores, Moisturise and Protect from premature aging. It is a must for me, and my homemade Lemon Balm Toner does all of that without the hefty price tag!
Just 3 ingredients
That’s right! All you’ll need is Lemon Balm Leaves, Lemon Juice and Witch hazel. No chemicals and certainly no words you can’t pronounce! A completely natural, earth grown remedy you can make at home! But what can these 3 elements do for our skin? Let’s break it down…
1. Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is an exceptional plant that can provide countless benefits for the inside and the outside of our bodies. have a look at my post How To Grow Lemon Balm Tea For Anxiety and ‘Ladies Complaints’
But Today we are focussing on the topical benefits of Lemon Balm. How Can Lemon Balm Benefit the skin? Here are Just a few ways it can help…
- Helps to balance the skin’s natural sebum production
What Is Sebum?
Sebum is an oily substance containing various fat molecules and squalene. It is the stuff that most people dislike because it can make the skin appear oily! But it is important, it is our bodies natural moisturiser and we need it!
On occasion the sebum balance is a little out of whack! Producing too much Sebum! The rosmarinic acid in lemon balm can help to balance the Sebum production thereby managing excessive oil and creating a more balanced and less oily complexion.
- Can Provide Powerful Antioxidant Benefits
How Does this Help?
Lemon balm contains natural antioxidants called caffeic acid and ferulic acid. These Antioxidants neutralise something called ‘free radicals’ and protect against UVA-UVB Rays.
What are Free Radicals? – Free radicals are oxidising agents created by pollution which can and do cause damage to skin cells. If left unchecked they can also lead to premature aging! The Natural antioxidants in lemon balm can help to combat the polluting factors and protect our skin from further harm.
- Calms And Soothes Damaged Skin
Lemon balm is fantastic for treating acne, eczema, minor wounds and even sunburned skin. As an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, Lemon Balm helps reduce swelling and reddening of the skin allowing your skin to heal and rejuvenate faster
- A Natural Astringent!
What is an Astringent?
An astringent is a substance that draws excess water out of tissues, causing them to shrink! Using an Astringent in your skin care routine, tightens the skin, shrinks the pores and removes excess oil.
2. Lemon Juice
- Can Help Increase collagen production
- Lightens dark spots and tan marks
- Useful For Treating Acne
- Can also help to manage oily skin
3. Witch Hazel
What Is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel (Hamamelis) is a beautiful plant with fragrant, spidery like flowers in shades of yellow, orange and red. The Witch Hazel we buy today for use in skincare, is a water that contains Witch hazel extract that is drawn from the leaves and bark of the plant.
What Can Witch Hazel do For Skin?
- Tightens Pores.
- Absorbs excess oils.
- Helps treat acne.
- Eases inflammation.
- Helps speed up healing of cuts and scrapes
- Can Reduce Irritation.
- Helps to Soothe sunburn.
- Can correct puffiness.
With these 3 Natural Ingredients, I have all the makings of a fabulous Toner! But How did I make it?…
How To Make Lemon Balm Face Toner
What You’ll Need
- 100 ml Witch Hazel
- Approx 2 large Handfuls Of Lemon Balm Leaves
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed or bottled is fine)
- 100mls Water
1. Gather lemon balm leaves and leave them to wilt a little in the sunshine allowing any bugs to crawl out
2. Chop the the leaves roughly
3. Stuff the leaves into a clean jar, leaving 1 inch free at the top. Cover with the witch hazel, making sure all the leaves are fully submerged, give it a good stir , screw the lid on and let it sit in a cool dark spot for around 2 weeks.
4. After 2 weeks strain into a clean jar using a cheesecloth or a sieve. The liquid should be a golden brown colour
5. Stir in the water and Lemon Juice
6. Pour into a Bottle and store in a cool environment. Shake before use.
How To Apply Lemon Balm Toner
Shake before use. Soak a cotton pad with the Lemon Balm Toner, then swipe it over your entire face and neck
How Often Should You Use Lemon Balm Toner?
I use the one day on , one day off method! Every other day is sufficient to manage oily skin or even just once or twice a week may be enough if you have particularly dry skin
When Do You Apply Toner?
A good rule of thumb for skin care products is to apply, lightest to heaviest. Lemon Balm toner has a watery consistency so should be used immediately after cleaning your face, then go ahead and follow it up with your regular moisturiser or serum.
How Long Will Lemon Balm Toner Last
Upto 6 months
Can Toners Cause Irritation?
They can if used in excess. It’s always best to avoid shop bought alcohol based toners for this very reason! This homemade Toner is all natural! But like all skin treatments Lemon Balm Toner should be used as needed and not excessively. You are the best judge.
*Not for internal use. Avoid contact with eyes. If sensitivity occurs discontinue use. Avoid this Toner if you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients. Store in a cool dry place.
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