DIY Astringent

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I have to admit, I don’t use astringents or toners as much as I should {namely, every day!}, but this summer I’ve found myself unable to go even a few hours without using one or the other. Because our skin gets so oily from sweating in the summer, it’s important to freshen it up every few hours so dirt doesn’t get trapped in our pores. Concerned about what kinds of chemicals are in your astringents and toners? Don’t be! Make your own from three simple, natural ingredients! Here’s a quick recipe for a great basic astringent:

  • 1 tbsp pure/undiluted witch hazel {you’ll be diluting it yourself}
  • 3 tbsp rose floral water {a.k.a. rose water}
  • 3 tbsp distilled/purified water

Put these ingredients into a clean, sanitized bottle with a lid and shake to combine. This recipe makes 3.5 oz of astringent, so try to find a small bottle — I used an old travel-sized lotion bottle. Or, you can double the recipe so it fits into something bigger.

astringent ingredients 2

Can’t find witch hazel or rose water anywhere? Try a natural foods store like Whole Foods Market, or buy them online. I found them at Mountain Rose Herbs and New Directions Aromatics.

It’s best to apply the astringent every day after washing your face and before putting on moisturizer. You can also use it to freshen up if you find your skin feeling a little grimy. Enjoy!

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  1. Topher   •  

    What a great tip!

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