The winter months wreak havoc on my skin. Dry, dull, itchy, and splotchy are words that can describe what is going on with my face come February. I have been known to slather lanolin day and night to combat the negative effects of the season on my face, but this year that doesn’t seem to be enough. I came across a Rose Toner from Austin Poppy that has really made a difference in my complexion this season and I thought it is one of those things that must be shared as dry, itchy, tight skin is a universal problem in the winter. Toners are used to balance your skin’s ph after cleansing. They are an important, often neglected, step in any healthy skin care regimen. If skin is left too dry, it leads to increased oil production, on the other hand if skin is too alkaline after cleansing your pores will clog and skin will appear dull.
A good toner will handle this and take away the tight feeling that often comes after cleansing. The toner from Austin Poppy is organic and made with roses, unlike many other rose toners that use water and rose hip oil. See below for a recipe if you are adventurous and want to try to make it on your own.
Rose Toner Recipe
- 6 organic roses
- Distilled Water
- Rose Essential Oil
Separate the rose petals and put into a medium pot. Cover the rose petals with distilled water. Simmer the petals in the water on the lowest stove setting until the petals lose their color. Drain water and allow to cool. Add 1 tablespoon of organic witch hazel and 3 drops of rose essential oil. Pour into spray bottle and refrigerate. Should keep for 1-2 weeks.
The scent is lovely and calming, but the effects are even better, try this recipe soon, your skin will thank you.