Monday, September 28, 2015

Making Your Own Rosewater Toner

It's no secret: We love a good face mist. The ability to moisturize our skin without removing our makeup is key, but we're also into the emotionally rejuvenating properties of a mid-day spritz. One of our favorite types of spray is rosewater; it's soothing, hydrating, and ultra-fragrant. The only thing we don't love about rosewater is its price tag, which is often really steep for something that's basically flower petals and water.

So, we decided to make our own. Turns out, it's so easy, we can't believe we haven't just been doing this all along. 

You'll need:

2-3 fresh, pesticide-free roses
Distilled water 

Remove the rose petals from the stems, and rinse them to remove any dirt. Place the petals in a pot with just enough distilled water to cover them. Too much water will give you weak rosewater. Cover the pot and simmer on a very low flame, until the petals have lost their color.

Strain the mixture and pour it into a spray bottle. If you want your rosewater to also have a toning effect, mix in a few drops of witch hazel. Keep it refrigerated so that it stays fresh — and to maximize its cooling properties. Spray it on your face as often as you like, and then breathe deeply.

Skin Care Myths

Facial Exercises Keep Skin Taut

Reality: Alas, no. The muscle contractions used in facial exercises can actually contribute to wrinkling. Think of your face s a piece of paper that's being folded over and over again in the same spot. After a while, that area becomes permanently etched. And if you're hoping that facial exercises can fill out hollows cause by sagging, here's some bad news. There's no concrete evidence of plumping benefits either. Volume loss is caused by a decrease in collagen, elastin, and fat-non of which can be replaced with exercises.