A couple weeks ago, we discussed the many unbelievable benefits of toners. They have seemingly endless benefits for nearly all skin types. Today, we are going to talk about their cousin: astringents. Astringents are used for the same reasons as toners. Now, astringents tend to be a little stronger than toners, but they are still utilized by all skin types. The reason to "go homemade" on astringents is because many of the products you would buy at the store contain isopropyl alcohol or acetone (for those of you who don't know, acetone is the solvent found in nail polish removers). Those chemicals can be extremely damaging to our delicate skin. So today I have brought to you a tingly and refreshing recipe for an astringent. This recipe is a little bit more work than the others I have posted, but it is well worth the effort. For each use simply add one teaspoon to a cotton pad and swipe over face after cleansing.
Parsley and Peppermint Astringent
2 Cups of distilled water
1/4 Cup of fresh, chopped parsley
1/4 Cup of fresh, chopped peppermint leaves
5 Drops of peppermint essential oil
In a small saucepan, bring the water to boil and remove from heat. Add your herbs, cover and let them steep for no more than 30 minutes, Add the essential oil, and stir until everything is well blended. Strain the herbs out of the mixture and store the liquid in tightly sealed containers. Refrigerate for up to one week. Shake well before each use.
Let me know how your deliciously refreshing Parsley and Peppermint Astringents go. Leave any questions or comments below!