It’s no secret that every parcel of my being loves being in the sunshine, hence why I moved from NY to LA. Unfortunately, with that comes a lot of skin damage. Of course wearing sunscreen every day is required, but I also like to rehydrate and nourish my skin every single day. It’s basically like waking up after a good nights sleep, we need to hydrate our bodies again in order to function properly. I used to buy after-sun lotions and sprays for anywhere between $20-40 a pop! (Crazy, I know.) After looking at the ingredients, I realized I can make my very own solution for a fraction of the price. Enter: This DIY Soothing After-Sun Face Toner.

Let’s discuss the ingredients and why they’re included:

  • Witch Hazel: This is an astringent derived from a North American shrub, Hamamelis virginiana. It helps remove excess oil, shrink pores, ‘detox’ skin from environmental pollutants and reduce inflammation.
  • Vitamin E: Contains high amounts of antioxidants and helps increase circulation of the skin, resulting in great hydration. A little goes a long way!
  • Aloe Vera Juice: Aloe vera is a cactus plant that secretes a clear gel, which has been used for centuries to soothe skin and treat wounds due to its dense nutritional value. (Fun fact: the Egyptians called this “the plant of immortality”)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil: This gives a cooling and calming effect to the body and mind. It’s sometimes used to help restore sore muscles, so it’s great to help soothe a bad sunburn.
  • Castor Oil: This is a detoxifying oil that helps break up all of the oils that clog your pores, soften dry skin and cleanse your skin of dead skin cells. It’s regularly used as a cleanser and moisturizer to combat wrinkles and age spots.

Instructions
1. Grab a travel-sized spray container from your local pharmacy
2. Fill almost to the top with equal parts witch hazel and aloe vera juice
3. Slice open a Vitamin C capsule and add two drops to the container
4. Add 3 drops of castor oil and 2 drops peppermint essential oil
5. Shake up, and spray! This will last for 3-4 weeks kept in the fridge

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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