I have read a lot about natural DIY products for your body mainly because the ones you buy at the store are loaded with chemicals. People generally don’t think that beauty products need to be all-natural because you are not ingesting it. The problem is, your skin is absorbing all of those ingredients, and a lot of the times they are things you would not want to be getting in to your body for various long-term health risks.
When I realized this, I was on a quest to only put things on my body that I would also put in my body. This recipe was originally a drink that I often make just as an alternate to water, that helps to give my digestive system a kick start. I would simply fill a glass with water, add some lemon and cucumber slices, and drink. When I realized I made more than I could drink, I stored it in the fridge and used as a toner for my face. Previously, I would use straight lemon juice at night and a rose water, lavender spray in the morning, but then I read about how nourishing and toning cucumber was, so I tried this flavored water by simply dabbing a cotton ball into the water and pat onto my face and slept with it. I loved the results, so I put it in a spray bottle for the convenience of transportation.
Cucumber helps to reduce redness; lemon helps to get rid of scars and reduce age spots, and lavender is great for calming your skin as well as for problem skin. All of these together makes for a delightful product to use at night, in the morning or when you just feel you need a refresh.
Keep your eyes closed when spraying; your eyes won’t fair too kindly from the lemon juice!
What You’ll Need
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced
- 1 lemon, quartered
- Spring water or rose water (NOT tap water)
- Quart sized jar
- 10 drops lavender essential oil, optional
- 2 oz spray bottle, optional
Note: this also makes for a tasty drink to boost your metabolism (minus the lavender essential oil and rose water)
What to Do:
- We took a quart sized jar and added the sliced cucumber, lemon, water and optional essential oil and let sit for a few hours in the fridge to allow the water to soak up the cucumber and lemon.
- If desired, you can transfer some of the liquid into a 2oz spray jar to bring with you, and keep the rest in the fridge to re-fill when needed.
- Spray liberally on skin after washing at night, or in the morning for a refreshing start.
Makes 1 quart of toner
Bonus: Wash at night with baking soda and a bit of water, pat dry. Apply cucumber facial toner after and sleep with it on. I also love using it after a honey wash in the morning to give my skin a refreshing start.
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