Black Tea Facial Toner
Have you ever used tea on your skin? There are quite a few recipes out there for tea toner but one of my favorite is the recipe for black tea toner because it's a single ingredient recipe. Just tea! Homemade facial toners are ideal because they gently nourish your skin and you can be sure they are alcohol and chemical free. I never really understood the idea behind creating a chemical-laced product that is supposed to calm, soothe and restore the pH of the skin. The market is full of alcohol based toners and they are horrible for the skin. They strip the skin of natural oils which causes the overstimulation of the sebaceous glands. It’s crazy, you may end up with skin that has more oil than when you started that’s an almost certain way to breakout.
Why tea toner? It is alcohol free and loaded with antioxidants. It also makes an excellent makeup remover. The old school of thought was that only people with oily skin could benefit from toner, when in fact we can ALL benefit from a natural tea toner to remove excess oil and dirt after a long day or wearing makeup. Black tea is one of the most widely consumed teas in the world. It is made from the leaves of the oxidized camellia sinesis shrub. The oxidation is responsible for the dark color, strong flavor and antioxidants. The combination of the powerful antioxidants along with vitamins E and C is why black tea is regarded as a free radical fighter. The many benefits of black tea make it ideal for natural beauty remedies.
Okay so this is what you do:
Steep 2 bags of black tea for 20 minutes and allow to cool. Some people like to refrigerate the tea first for a nice cooling effect. Gently apply with a cotton ball in a circular upward motion. Follow up with a chemical free moisturizer.