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Make 3 Wonderfully Easy Winter Skin Toners
by Danielle Sims

Cold weather is on its way and the winter season is just around the corner. What does this mean to your skin? Cold weather can be damaging to your skin. If your face is not properly protected, it can dry out, crack, and wrinkle! It is imperative to have a good moisturizer. But do we need a toner too?

For years I concentrated on cleansers and moisturizers, neglecting toners. The only time a toner was used was when I purchased a complete skin care regimen set that contained a toner at the department store. When I began to make my own skin care products, I was concerned mainly with lotions and moisturizers. I finally began to realize that a toner has many benefits that I was missing out on by not including it in my daily skincare program:

  • Removes traces of cleanser that was left behind after cleansing
  • Help restore your skin to its nature acid PH
  • Refresh your skin throughout the day
  • Set make up
  • Adds additional moisture
  • Conditions the skin

One thing to remember is to keep it simple. Prepare a toner that can be used for both a toner and a refresher. Before you make your toner, be sure to have the bottle available for storage. A good choice is a spray bottle, so you can use your toner as a refresher throughout the day. Be sure to store your toner in a cool place, the refrigerator is ideal. You may use a cotton ball to apply your toner after cleansing and also spritz throughout the day.

A couple of easy toners you can make to help nourish, protect, and moisturize your skin during the winter are the PH Toner, Herbal Refresher, and the Aloe Soother.

PH Toner

  • 1Cups distilled water
  • 4 TBS Bragg's Apple Cider vinegar(or any other nature non-distilled apple vinegar)
  • 10 drops of rose oil
  • 8 drops of chamomile oil
Mix all ingredients in your bottle of choice and shake vigorously before each use. You may use a cotton ball to apply your toner after cleansing and spritz throughout the day.

Herbal Refresher

  • 1 cup witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 10 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 6 drops Sandlewood Oil
Heat water to boil and steep the tea bag in the water for 15 minutes. Add the chamomile water to the witch hazel and add essential oil. Shake before each use.

Aloe Soother

  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 10 drops chamomile oil
Mix all ingredients and shake well before each use.

All three toner recipes are great to help you get through the cold and wintery harsh months that follow. Your skin will thank you by remaining soft, refreshed and healthy.

Danielle Sims explored her library of alternative health, herbal books, and aromatherapy books and created a blueprint for making her own body wrap formulas at home. For more information vist Danielle's website http://www.wrapyourselfslim.com. This article is copyright (c) 2003 by Danielle Sims, and may be reprinted in it's entirety as long as this byline and copyright statement is included.

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