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Today we are making a hydrating and brightening face mist/toner at home, all from natural and organic ingredients, Rose water, Aloe Vera and lemon. Unlike the store-bought mists, it is free from any preservatives or other chemicals that may irritate sensitive skin.
I use fresh ingredients right from my own container garden.
Rose Water: Rose water is a widely known beauty ingredient that works wonders on any type of skin. It maintains the natural pH balance of skin, removes dirt by unclogging pores and controls excess oil. It also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Not to mention, the soothing aroma of rose helps reduce stress too.
Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is well known for it's healing properties. It is highly anti-inflammatory, which means it soothes skin from sunburns or any irritation. It boosts collagen production which acts as anti-aging property. It also smoothes out skin texture and is extremely hydrating.
Lemon Juice: The vitamin C in lemon juice brightens skin, improves pigmentation and removes dark spots or suntans. It's a natural bleaching agent.
Preparation of Face Mist
1. Start by plucking 1 cup of fresh rose petals. Wash the petals gently to remove any dirt. Take a saucepan and boil 2 cups of water. Add those petals and simmer till the color of the petals fade. Strain and let it cool down completely. Your rose water is ready.
Don't worry if the color of rose water is yellow or green. Store-brought ones are clear or pink due to distillation.
2. Cut an aloe vera leaf and wash it thoroughly. Soak it in water for 30 minutes to wash off the sap. (The yellow sap is an irritant that may cause itching or burning sensation instead of soothing.) Extract the gel using a spoon or back of a knife. Strain the gel using a washed cloth to remove any chunk.
3. Cut a slice of lemon and set aside.
Now take bowl and add 2 parts of rose water, 1 part of aloe vera gel and few drops of lemon juice. Stir everything well to mix. Pour in a glass bottle with a funnel and store it in the refrigerator.
Note: Skip lemon juice if you're making a toner. Toners are supposed to balance the pH of skin and the acid in lemon juice can mess that up a little bit.
Rose water - lasts upto six months. (atleast a month)
Aloe gel - lasts upto 10 days.. I prefer using fresh aloe gel every 3 days.
Lemon juice - lasts upto 3 days only. The vitamin C that works as the brightening agent in lemon juice gets denatured in heat as low as 30 ℃ or 86 ℉ . It is also very sensitive to light.
So if you are using lemon juice in your mist, I suggest you to use an amber glass dropper/ spray bottle to protect the vitamic C from light.
An alternative to lemon juice is using a Vitamin C capsule in it. (The mixture will last longer too)
Keep the mixture refrigerated.
How to use:
1) Spritz the brightening mist thrice a day especially before going to bed and leave it on overnight.
2) Use the toner with a cotton pad after everytime you wash your face.
For best results, use toner before moisturising and spray the mist after.
I noticed the texture of my skin got a lot better and dark spots also started to fade. Share your experience with me in the comments below. And stay tuned for my future posts.
With lots of love,