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Posted on December 11, 2014

7 natural skin toners

How To/ Natural beauty

 natural skin toners

If your beauty regime consists of cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturising and the occasional face mask, then you’ve probably already noticed that things can get a bit heavy on your pocket – particularly around this time of year.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a huge amount of cash to find a toner that you’re happy with. You can use the very ingredients you have in your kitchen to make a facial toner that’ll do the job for just a fraction of the price!

Here are a few recipes you might like to try out. Bear in mind that not all of these will be effective and you just have to find the right one for your skin!

Tomato juice

Mix 3 spoons of tomato juice with 1 spoon of raw honey to make a thick paste. Dab the mixture onto your cleansed face and then remove after 10 minutes.

Benefits: raw honey helps absorb impurities from the pores of your skin while tomato juice helps shrink the pores.


Put a ripe papaya in a blender with some apple cider vinegar. Apply it on your face for 8 minutes and then remove it. This recipe is great for those with dry skin.

Benefits: the acids in apple cider vinegar act as a natural skin exfoliators by digesting dead skin cells, while the papaya helps remove skin discolouration.

Lemon juice

Squeeze ¼ of a fresh lemon into a bowl and add one teaspoon of water to this. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash it off before applying your moisturiser.

Benefits: lemon juice helps your skin appear more vibrant. It has antibacterial properties which can help reduce acne too.

Vinegar & rose water

Mix two spoons of apple cider vinegar with two spoons of rose water. Use a cotton pad to apply the mixture onto your cleansed face. You will feel immediately refreshed after using this toner, it works well for those who are prone to acne.

Benefits: the acids in apple cider vinegar act as a natural skin exfoliator by digesting dead skin cells, while the mild astringent properties in rose water help remove excess skin oils.

rose water

Cucumber with curd

Grate a fresh cucumber in a bowl and then add 100g of curd to it. Mix it up and apply it on your cleansed face for about 8 minutes. Keep the remained in the fridge if you want to reuse it. This toner in particular works well for oily types.

Benefits: the water content in the cucumbers help flush out toxins in the skin, while the curd helps brighten the skin and take away any dullness.

Mint toner

Boil about a litre of water and the pour it over mint leaves. Let the leaves sit in the water for 15 minutes and then strain this mixture into a jar. Allow it to cool down before  using cotton pads to apply it to your skin.

Benefits: mint can help reduce the appearance or large pores. The longer you leave the leaves in the water, the better!

Ice cold water

Now we’re back to the basics! You can tone your face with a splash of ice cold water if you don’t have time to put something together. If you want to take things a step further, you could always put one ice cube in a bowl of water and then use that water to tone your face!

Benefits: splashing cold water on the face tightens up the skin and temporarily reduces the size of your pores.

If you decide to give any of these a try, do let me know how you got on!

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Posted on August 14, 2014

6 beauty tips for getting rid of dark circles

maintenance/ Natural beauty/ Tips

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We’ve all been there: that one week where you’re overloaded with work overload and you just can’t seem to catch a break. That one time you desperately need a few hours of self-pampering – except when you finally do get the chance, you completely regret looking at your reflection in the mirror.

Yes, we’ve all been there.

Dark circles can be a total beauty nightmare and more often than not, they are usually a sign of sleep deprivation – unless of course you’ve had them all your life (our genes don’t always work in our favour).

When it comes to treating dark circles, one of the most common remedies is to cut a few slices of cucumbers and put them over your eyelids. But in severe case, cucumbers just won’t work and you will have to try a few other things to conquer this beauty problem:

1. Get more sleep
Of course a full night of shut-eye won’t keep dark circles at bay, but since a lot of the times dark circles are a sign of sleep deprivation, it’s a good idea to clock in a few more hours in La La Land.

2. Drink more water
In some cases, dehydration can be the cause of dark circles. Try your best to get at least eight glasses of water each day. If you get bored of drinking normal water, you could be more adventurous and try one of these.

lemon water

3. Maybe some milk
The protein and enzymes in milk can help heal certain skin problems. Dab a bit of cotton into chilled milk and apply it over your eyelids for about 15 minutes. Do this a couple of times a week until you see results.

4. Watch your diet
Dark circles can also be a sign of a poor diet. Lay off the junk and try to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables – eventually it will shine through in your face.

5. Almond oil
Apply a few drops of almond oil around your dark circles and gently massage it in before you go to bed. This natural oil will help moisturise and lighten this part of your skin.

6. Rose water
Soak some cotton wool into rose water and apply over eyelids for 10 – 15 minutes. This will help rejuvenate the skin around your eye area, giving it a brighter appearance.

Do you have any tips for easing dark circles around the eyes? If so, feel free to share them with me!

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