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Homemade Facial Toner, Pore reducer and Brightener!

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Homemade Facial Toner, pore reducer and brightener!
I've been using for nearly a year...and I still love it!
I will not buy fancy face products ever again.

It makes my face feel clean, tight and no residue of products!

I'm a girl who inherited her mother's
beautiful nose...who got it from my grandpa...
and I always thought it looked like a strawberry...
yes, lots of big pores!
This is definitely working to help reduces those craters!
:)  yay!
 
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Step 1: Ingredients:

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Ingredients:
1/4 cup Lemon juice
{reduces blemishes and lightens skin naturally}

1/3 cup Witch Hazel 
(purchased at Walmart for $5 in the facial stuff department...
next to astringents and stuff like that)
{tightens pores and reduces inflammation}

2 Tablespoons of Rubbing Alcohol
{deep cleans, great for oily skin}

1/2 cup water

Step 2: Mix!

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Mix.  Pour into bottles
(I got a 3-pack at the dollar store, and they fit it perfectly!)

It's a great combo...you can add a drop of essential oil to it, if you
want to give it a different scent! 

I personally like the smell...but I'm
allergic to practically every scent except vanilla.  :)

Step 3: Apply liberally!

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Pour or spray some onto cotton ball or cotton pad.
Apply circularly to face in the morning and night.

Morning to prep before make-up
and Night to cleanse before bed!

I am shocked at how many people sleep with their make-up on.
Just take some time to remove it at night before sleeping, to
keep your skin healthy! 
Use this facial toner after removing make-up at night!

Step 4: Enjoy Great Skin!

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Enjoy your great skin!

I rarely ever put stuff on my face because I can't stand the feel of lotion on my skin.
Weird right?   This is the perfect solution!

Try it out and let me know what YOU think!  :)
And vote for me in the Beauty contest too! 

Check out my blog for more of this and that!


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purplebugster3 months ago

I have been using Proactiv for at least 15 years. But lately it has not been working so well for me. I decided to try this toner. WOW! In less than a week I have noticed a great improvement! My skin tone is evening out. My age spots are lightening up. And I have these strange bumps...not blackheads or pimples. I don't know what they are. Every once in a while a new one pops up. But I have noticed some of them are gone and the ones I have had for a while are shrinking! I love this recipe!!! Thanks so much for posting it!

P.S. I put this in a windex touch-up bottle I washed out really well. Just pump the cotton ball on top! :)

sdavis654 months ago
Dollar Tree sells witch hazel for $1 :)
LyveWyreK8 months ago
Vit C helps your skin to retain moisture, which is great for dry or aging skin! I use 1 tsp of powdered or crystalline vit c (available online or in health food stores) dissolved in 4 oz of purified water, and am going to try the same ratio here. One thing, though - if you add the vit c, you have to either have colored bottles or cover them with foil to keep the light out so it doesn't oxidize, and it must be refrigerated at all times! =)
I made this recipe using rose water witch hazel and it was awesome! I squeezed a lot of lemons for their juice but hey I have a lemon tree in my back yard. Didn't think about bottle lemon juice, duh!
AngieG231 year ago
very easy, real cheap & works well! love it!
acurto1 year ago
This may be a weird question, but will the lemon juice rub off onto my clothes and bedsheets and such and stain them? I ask because I used to use Persagel 10/storebrand equivalent and I think it was staining my shirts, wash clothes, some towels, and some pillow cases.
doodlecraft (author)  acurto1 year ago
Lemon juice shouldn't stain or be a problem...I've used it morning and night for the past year and have had no such signs of staining or lightening fabric...and I use a black pillowcase. :)
mounces1 year ago
I'm assuming you can use bottled lemon juice... I'm also wondering if I could use wintergreen rubbing alcohol? It may smell a little funky with everything else, but there's wintergreen oil in it, and may be better for drier skin? I also thought of adding a drop or two of tea tree oil...or my raspberry oil!! I love this!! Such a great and inexpensive recipe to replace really expensive products (that also have mystery ingredients in them!) THANKS!!
doodlecraft (author)  mounces1 year ago
I use bottled lemon, yes. Wintergreen or tea tree oil sound awesome too! I'm going to have to try that out next time I make this! :)
i DID MAKE THIS! Of course, I adjusted the recipe, but kudos to you for recommending it. I never think of this stuff! I used lemon juice, witch hazel, vodka instead of the alcohol, four drops of tea tree oil, and water. If you add oil of any kind, it needs to be shaken every time you use it, but hey! Small price to pay. Thanks again for the awesome recipe!!
divah mounces1 year ago
Ooh, I like the vodka idea. Not as harsh as rubbing alcohol!
divah mounces1 year ago
Ooh, I like the vodka idea. Not as harsh as rubbing alcohol!
divah mounces1 year ago
Wintergreen is used on acne and oily skin because it acts as an astringent, not so good for dry sky. Rubbing alcohol is also very harsh on dry skin. I would suggest you stick with the witch hazel only.
I am a guy, and this looks like exactly what i need... I have incredibly oily skin, my pores hove opened up from the last year of acne, and i have some blemishes... I will have to try this out!
doodlecraft (author)  RocketPenguin1 year ago
Thank you! :) I hope you do try it!
Well, I have used it for a week, and i definitely see a change on my face! A lot less acne, less oil, and when i do have acne, it falls off very easy. Thank you!
doodlecraft (author)  RocketPenguin1 year ago
Awesome! What a testimonial! :)
Lioness9891 year ago
Question: Should the cleanser be refrigerated because of the lemon juice? Thanks!
i-wonder1 year ago
Sadly alcohol is terrible for your skin. http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/definition/absorbent/alcohol There are citations at the link. I greatly prefer a non-alcohol based witch hazel mixed with orange, lavender or rose water. The waters are safer to use than essential oils, and I find the scents really soothing. Orange would be better for oily skin, and rose for dryer skin.
realife111 year ago
OOOOOhhh, what about keeping the bottle in the 'frig during the summer, so it's not only cleansing, but cooling and refreshing! Now I REALLY have to try this :-)
Love that!!
doodlecraft (author)  realife111 year ago
Great idea, I'll have to do that! Thanks! :)
Boygasmo1 year ago
Could also add some Vitamin E and D too!
doodlecraft (author)  Boygasmo1 year ago
I love posting things and getting great feedback for how to make it better next time! Thanks for the suggestions! :)
Yay!! Thanks for sharing as well! I plan on making these as soon I can get my hands on them.
how much E and D would you add, and in what forms or from what sources? I've never tried this product, but would like to help my damaged skin.
Thanks!
That's what I wondered too! I suffer from psoriasis and I use Vitamin E facial lotion (which is supposedly good for skin) and Vit D is also good for the skin, and bones. So I thought why not add those two as well, but I don't know how much to add. Sorry! But if you experiment and try few drops of these two, and see what works. I have yet to try this, but I plan to.
czarnian1 year ago
Can you please point out an alternative for Witch Hazel? I don't think we have that product in our country (outside US, that is, we're not that of a 3rd country, just we don't have the same walmarts here and there)

THANKS!!!
If you are not able to get it online, then rosewater would probably work just as well. Witch hazel is just an extract from the witch hazel shrub, and it has an anti-inflammatory and skin tightening effect (astringent). But rosewater is very similar to that as well and VERY soothing for the skin. I think most countries sell rosewater, so it should not be hard to find. Good luck :-)
isprey1 year ago
I'd probably replace isopropyl alcohol with vodka. Some literature suggests that isopropyl alcohol could be carcinogenic. Otherwise great recipe!
HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you thank you thank you - I have the same issues! I currently use Witch Hazel as a toner -with nothing else. But, when I have some time - I will make your recipe. I may use a little less alcohol (my skin is too dry now) and love the Vit. E idea too. :)
doodlecraft (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you! :)
ccarreer1 year ago
Hm...Going to have to try this.
doodlecraft (author)  ccarreer1 year ago
:)
sunshiine1 year ago
Will share this with my new daughter! thanks for sharing!
sunshiine
doodlecraft (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks Sunshiine! :)
Nice! My daughter finds Witch Hazel to be too strong in action and smell. She likes "Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent" much better. Of course it isn't as cheap ;-)
doodlecraft (author)  TedRobotBuilder1 year ago
I love astringents too! :) Thanks!
realife111 year ago
Great idea, makes perfect sense!!
And NO, you're not weird. I don't like the feel of heavy lotion or oil on my skin either (especially during hot,humid summers). It always makes you feel like you're wearing a mask (much like makeup does).
doodlecraft (author)  realife111 year ago
Thanks! Yes, I am on year 2 of humidity and still not quite acclimatized to it! :)
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