Note From Mommypotamus: Today’s guest post comes from Aubrey of Homegrown & Healthy. Thanks, Aubrey!
It took me almost 30 years . . .
To figure out something very, very simple.
Bad skin has plagued me my entire life. I tried the popular products, the expensive remedies, and after years of breakouts I finally came to the conclusion: none of it worked. No matter how many different varieties I experimented with or how many chemicals I applied to my poor face there just wasn’t anything out there that worked for me.
So the simple conclusion? Stop buying it.
And for anyone who follows my website, the obvious conclusion came. I will make my own.
The library became my best friend, as well as a few amazing buddies I have who know a thing or two about skincare.
And after all of this research I found something amazing: options that worked.
Whether your situation is dire like mine or you’re simply looking to reduce the amount of junk you put on your skin (you know those chemicals just seep right in, right?) I hope that this recipe will be helpful for you. You can use it throughout the day as a refreshing and awakening pick-me-up, or following your traditional cleaner. (By the way, if you’re looking for a great cleaner I recommend the coordinating Peppermint & Lemon face wash.)
When it comes to recipes with minimal ingredients, like these, I feel it’s very important to only use the good stuff. You can see from my pictures that I use raw (local) honey. The less processed it is, the better. Since this requires to little of each ingredient you may as well splurge. Your skin will thank you.
Honey makes a great exfoliant. It contains acids that loosen bonds between dead skin cells, making it easy to release dead skin and leave only healthy, pretty cells in their place. Honey is also known to increase elasticity, balance out oily skin, stimulate collagen production, improve your circulation and minimize lines and wrinkles. It’s an all around miracle ingredient.
Apple cider vinegar is best known for its ability to restore skin’s natural pH balance, as well as reducing red marks and blemishes. Oh, and did I mention that it softens skin as well?
Peppermint essential oils are renown for nourishing and hydrating dull skin while also improving the condition of oily skin. Meaning it’s great for any type of skin, especially combination! It also reduces irritation, so it’s great if you’re still getting breakouts (sigh).
However, this recipe is so simple and customizable that you can easily replace Peppermint with an EO that is more fitting for your skin type.
Peppermint & honey homemade facial toner
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 5 drops peppermint essential oils
Heat a bit of water first (1/3 cup) and then combine it with your honey, stirring until it’s dissolved. The less heat your honey is exposed to the better. Do not even consider microwaving that honey, either!
After the honey is dissolved, stir in the remainder of the water and the ACV and add your essential oil (or oils) of choice.
Now bottle it. It’s best to use a glass jar (I prefer one with a “spritzing” option) but I also like to recycle old plastic bottles to prolong their lives before the landfill/recycling plant. Just be sure if you’re reusing an old bottle that it didn’t contain anything in it before that you’re not comfortable having on your face.
Thank you for joining me and I look forward to seeing you all again!
Aubrey is the creator and editor of Homegrown & Healthy, an online community built to encourage simple, natural lifestyles.
Looking For More Recipes?
My ebook, DIY Organic Beauty Recipes, is a 198 page guide that will show you how ridiculously easy it is to make your own beauty products, like:
- Quick yet luxurious gifts for friends and baby showers
- Fabulous shampoos and conditioners
- Tooth whitener
- Body sprays
- Deodorants and more.