homemade beauty treatments

Apple Ice Cubes

I recently came across this beauty tip from one of the masters of skincare, Ole Henrisken. You simply pour some apple juice in an ice cube tray and allow it to freeze. Then once you have frozen cubes, glide one over the surface of freshly cleansed skin for a minute or two. The frozen juice contains alpha hydroxy acid, which is naturally anti-aging and helps the skin’s renewal process.  Henriksen says, “it feels like a mini facelift!”

The cubes are also quite tasty to add to seltzer or to have on their own as a refreshing treat.

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Homemade Toner

This is my latest cosmetic creation – a toner of just 4 natural ingredients. I was inspired by a toner I saw in Kiehl’s a few months ago. Not to knock Kiehl’s, but it was very pricey and had a lot of questionable ingredients so I didn’t want to buy it.  I figured why not try to make my own version? So I did.. I decided that witch hazel (a great natural astringent) would be the base and then I added some dried burduck root (a blood purifier), chamomile flowers (calming & anti-inflammatory), and hibiscus flowers (high in Vitamin C & naturally provide the pink tint).

I gave my mom a sample of it recently and when she was starting to get low, she said she needed a replacement asap!  She had noticed such a difference in her skin since she started using it. I couldn’t be happier. I’m already thinking of some other blends that I’m going to try making, but for now I’m really loving this one.