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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.