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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Nature's perfect skin care product?

September 11, 2013 6 Comments
Hello everyone!
After a long hiatus, I'm back with another natural DIY beauty recipe.
Watermelon isn't just a sweet summer treat; it makes a great ingredient for a DIY toner too. 
Watermelon can be used both internally and externally for its beauty benefits.  It can benefit both the skin and the whole body with its vitamins and nutrients.  Watermelon can act as an exfoliant and will cleanse and tone your skin as well.  Watermelons could just be nature's perfect skin care product.

  • ½  cup watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel 
  • 1 tablespoon distilled water

  • Blend the watermelon in a food processor or blender (including seeds), until smooth.
  • Pour the watermelon puree in a bowl, add the witch hazel and water, and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid. 
  • Before applying the watermelon toner to your face, first test it on your inner arm
  • Pull your hair away from your face, wash and pat dry your face.
  • Soak a cotton ball/pad with the toner and apply to your face.
  • Allow the toner to stay on your face for a few minutes, rinse and moisturise as usual.  
  • The toner should last for about a week stored in your refrigerator.
If you try this DIY toner, leave a comment below.  I would love to know your opinion!


Photo from here.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The soothing properties of basil

February 23, 2013 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
As you know, I strongly believe in using natural ingredients for DIY hair and skincare recipes.  Today’s post is about  basil; a perfect active ingredient for acne prone skin.
Basil is known for its soothing and toning properties, and can calm down blemishes and irritated skin.

  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Boiling water

 Method 1: Toner
  1. Steep a handful of basil leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Remove leaves, cool the basil tea.
  3. Apply toner to your problem areas with a cotton ball.
  4. Keep the toner refrigerated and discard once it becomes cloudy.

 You could also use organic basil tea.

Method 2: Facial steaming
  1. Steam your face over a bowl of hot water combined with a small handful of basil leaves, for about 10 minutes.  
  2. If your skin is very oily, squeeze half a lemon/lime into it.  
  3. Follow up with a face mask or splash cold water/toner on your face, or gently rub an ice cube wrapped in a towel over your face to close the pores.


Treating acne with basil is not for everyone.  The herb may occasionally cause allergic reactions (skin rashes) when applied topically.  Always  patch test  before using basil on your face. 
  • Dab a small amount of "basil tea" on the pulse of your wrist or the crook of your elbow.
  • Leave it unwashed for a period of 24- 48 hours.
  • Watch for signs of an allergic reaction. (redness or rash)


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beauty uses of rose water

September 27, 2012 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

I recently started using rose water as a facial toner and I love it!  As I told you in a previous post, I normally use (undiluted) distilled witch hazel but lately my skin is much more sensitive so I wanted to try a milder toner.  For years, this was the only product that my mother would use on her skin and her skin is gorgeous.

What is rose water?

Rose water is a by-product of the production of rose oil through distillation of pure fresh rose petals.  Did you know that rose water has several beauty uses and benefits?

Beauty uses of rose water:
  • Rose water is a well-known for its natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Rose water can help reduce skin inflammation, lines and wrinkles.   
  • Apply rose water to cleansed skin to reduce swollen and inflamed acne.
  • You could also dip a cotton disk in rose water and place it on your eyelids for a soothing feeling that helps cool tired eyes.
  • You can also combine a cup of rose water with ¾ cups of witch hazel and use it as a facial toner.
  • Combine a few drops of rose water with your regular moisturiser.  Rose water maintains the skin's pH balance.  
  • Rose water is also a wonderful leave-in hair conditioner.

I'm not a fan of the rose fragrance that lingers on my face, and I can actually smell it throughout the day, but I love the way my skin feels and looks.  
Rose water can be found in some supermarkets but this commercial type usually contains chemicals and artificial preservatives that are less effective than pure rose water.  Watch this video for instructions on how to make rose water at home. 

Uploaded by HerbMentor

Have you ever used rose water?  Will you make your own rose water at home?  Leave a comment and let me know!
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The holy grail of toners!

February 26, 2012 5 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk to you about facial toners and tell you about my favorite toner.  So, what is a facial toner?  A toner is an astringent liquid applied to the skin to help eliminate excess oil and bacteria that your everyday cleanser may not have removed completely.

Main benefits of facial toners:


  • Remove dirt, make-up residue and impurities
  • Remove excess oil 
  • Refine pores and tighten pores (temporarily)
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Restore natural pH balance
  • Improve skin tone

Most dermatologists say that if you cleanse your face regularly twice a day you don’t need to use a toner.  The dermatologist who monitored my acne when I was a teen, never suggested/prescribed any toner either.  Still, I feel that my skin needs that extra cleansing step.

I tried out quite a lot of facial toners, throughout the years.   I’ve been using the same product for a few years now and I just love it!  I feel like I finally found the holy grail of facial toners.

My facial toner of choice is… Distilled Witch Hazel!

Witch hazel (extract) is a natural product obtained from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana).  It has been used medicinally for over 200 years.  Its benefits derive from the high levels of tannin acid it contains.

When distilled and combined with alcohol, the essential oil extracted from the witch hazel shrub makes a soothing astringent.  Witch hazel has disinfectant and anti-oxidant properties.  It reduces irritation and helps to prevent any inflammation from occurring.  It also reduces swelling.


  • The witch hazel you want to use should have an alcohol base of only 14%.  You can also try an alcohol-free witch hazel toner.
  • Witch hazel can also be added to DIY facial masks and toners.
  • You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil directly in the witch hazel bottle.  (This makes an amazing acne-fighting toner!)

Distilled witch hazel has long been recommended as an effective and affordable topical remedy for acne.  Nevertheless, it can be used for all skin types.  I highly recommend using witch hazel as a facial toner.  It really works for me and I also convinced my mum to replace her toner with witch hazel and she loves it too.

What is your favorite facial toner?  Have you ever used witch hazel?   Leave a comment and tell me about your experience.   


Photo from here.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Lemons for clear skin

November 02, 2011 5 Comments
Hello everyone!

The health benefits of lemons are countless, but did you know that they can be particularly beneficial to oily and/or acne-prone skin?

What makes the lemon one of the best natural skincare ingredients?

The lemon…

  • Is rich in vitamin C ( one of the best skin vitamins) 
  • Is a natural astringent
  • Is a natural skin whitener
  • Stimulates blood circulation

Lemon juice can be used both topically and internally to achieve soft, smooth and clear skin. 

sliced lemon

Topical use:

Lemons can help heal acne and acne scars.  Citric acid contained in lemon juice exfoliates the skin, which is essential to accelerate the healing of acne. It also acts as an astringent and dries the pimples.  Also, being a natural whitener, lemon juice reduces the redness of pimples naturally.
You can dilute the lemon juice with water and use it as a skin toner.  I suggest adding pure lemon juice to a wet cotton ball.  If you have sensitive skin and think that diluted lemon juice would still irritate your skin, mix a few undiluted drops with Aloe vera.   
Lemons are also a great way to get rid of blackheads.  Rub lemon juice over any blackhead you might have, before going to bed, and then wash it off the next morning.  Repeat nightly if necessary.

Internal use:
Drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice and honey first thing in the morning (i.e. on an empty stomach), every day.  This will help to clean your body and clear the skin.

Lemons can irritate the skin so avoid using them on broken or sensitive skin, when undiluted.
Do not apply lemon juice to your skin during the day, before sun exposure, as it makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight and can leave brown marks on the skin.

I just love the cleansing benefits of lemons.  How about you? 


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DIY toner?!

April 12, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

For gorgeous skin, head to the kitchen and grab some apple cider vinegar!

Apple cider vinegar promotes blood circulation.  It is also a natural antiseptic, preventing infection.  When used as a toner, it reduces the swelling that comes with acne and helps dry the affected area.  

Apple cider vinegar acne treatments work because ACV is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). It can dissolve excessive fatty deposits at the surface of the skin and reduce scaly or peeling conditions.

Cider vinegar, being applied as a toner after cleansing, regulates the pH of the skin (which is also acidic at pH 5.5) as cleansers are usually alkaline.

ACV also improves hyperpigmentation.

To make the toner you will need:

  •           small amber glass bottle.  (I use an empty witch hazel bottle.)
  •           Apple cider vinegar (unfiltered)
  •           Cooled green tea (any brand)/distilled water

glass of apple cider vinegar

Green tea contains a cocktail of potent antioxidants called catechins, which help fight damage caused by free radicals.

cup of green tea

Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts of green tea/distilled water.  Use a cotton pad and apply this mixture all over the face, then seal your skin with a moisturizer.  


Be warned; some find the smell of ACV too strong!  If you are sensitive to the smell of apple cider vinegar, green tea can help mask the smell.  I don’t mind the smell so sometimes I make the toner with just distilled water. 

This is a natural, chemical and preservative-free toner that can be used for all skin types. Also, as it’s preservative-free, I make mine on a weekly basis and keep it in a cool, dark place.

I hope this helps!