Welcome to lesson #3, your third step in beginning your own natural skin care routine:
Natural Skin Care Toners
As each step of the basic natural skin care routine of exfoliation, cleansing, toning and moisturizing build upon the other you will begin to see better and better results.
Are you having fun with the lessons so far?
But then. . .
We are going to get a little creative and turn the same basic toner recipe into a variety of other anti-aging skin treatments.
Making your own natural facial toners couldn't be easier!
Facial toners provide the skin with a wealth of essential age fighting nutrients including antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. (To name just a few of the benefits). Skin care toners also give the skin a final cleansing, tighten pores, and protects the skin from environmental pollutants.
Natural toners infuse the skin with nutrients in addition to restoring the skin's natural pH balance. They are a wonderfully refreshing way to keep skin tissue hydrated while stimulating the skin cells to promote cell regeneration.
This particular toner recipe is rich in age fighting antioxidants which reduces free radical activity, has natural antibacterial, emollient, astringent, and a host of other rejuvenating properties.
Adapting skin care toners and other natural recipes to provide additional rejuvenating treatments couldn't be easier.
For example, this same basic recipe can also be used as a facial mist. Simply fill a small spray bottle with the strained mixture to keep you skin hydrated throughout the day. It's a great way to keep your skin cool and refreshed at the beach too!
A weekly facial steam is particularly important for aging skin. Cover your head with a towel while the mixture is just barely simmering, positioning your face above the steam. Be sure to keep our face a few feet above the steam so the skin tissues don't get burned. Steam for up to five minutes.
Many skin care toners can also be used to infuse facial wrap materials, frozen for under eye treatments and/or adapted for many other natural anti-aging facial treatments as the base for a moisturizer, mask, or even a peel.
OR. . .
Treat yourself to some extra easy natural skin care. Use Sandra Lee of the Food Network as an example and become the queen of "Semi-Homemade" natural skin care treatments!
You'll still be getting all the benefits of the natural properties of organic ingredients in even less time rather than making everything from scratch.
It's helpful to know the properties of the natural ingredients you use so you can get the best results for your skin type and concerns. Review the glossary we prepared for you:
And for those times when you just don't feel like making it yourself or if you are feeling like an especially exotic spa type treatment, I especially like using a Mud Mask.
That wraps up your third lesson on beginning your natural skin care routine. I hope that you and your skin are enjoying the benefits of DIY natural facial treatments. Next week we will be exploring natural skin moisturizing recipes. Believe it or not, these recipes are the quickest and easiest to make but pack quite a skin rejuvenating punch!
Until next week,
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