Soothing Cucumber & Coconut Milk Skin Toner
Cleanse and Tone, That Old Chestnut ~
Ever since I can remember those two words "Cleanse and Tone" were part of everyday reading, speaking and doing not only twice a day religiously but applying the practice what you preach to the letter in my daily work routine as a Beauty Therapist, Make-Up Artist, Cosmetics Manager or Trainer, it was a way of life.
Here I look to the past, kicked it up a gear or two and come up with a fresh ingredient based toner for normal to dry skin types. Designed to remove the last traces of cleanser or residue from the skin while stimulating the pores and refining the skin texture, making it more receptive to further treatments.
Make This Matching Cleanser
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A fresh face cleanser full of premium skin nutrients. Make this easy one with honey, yogurt, apple, pear, cucumber and mint which provide hydrating and cleansing properties and is good enough to eat.
Coconut Water ~
The watery liquid has been referred to as the most natural liquid second only to water.
Found in the young coconuts it is a most popular drink within tropical countries including Indonesia, The Philippines, India, Brazil and The Caribbean where it grows in abundance.
Nothing can be fresher or more appealing on a hot humid day than stopping at a street vendor in any of these places, having a young green coconut cracked open in front you, full of this magical water.
It naturally helps replace lost electrolytes through perspiration keeping the body hydrated. Such is its value it now comes in canned, bottled or carton forms.
Loaded with essential nutrients, it is also a good source of B-complex vitamins including riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, folates and pyridoxines.
This healthy nutritious drink also has hidden benefits for the skin including being rich in vitamin C, enzymes, amino acids, fibre and minerals including magnesium, potassium and manganese.
It contains cytokinins which are said to have anti-ageing benefits on the skin giving a more youthful appearance.
Spots, pimples, acne, eczema, cellulite and wrinkles may all be improved by incorporating coconut water into your skin care regime as a face toner.
Shredded Coconut or Dessicated Coconut
Homemade Coconut Milk by Om Paramapoonya ~
- How to Make Fresh Coconut Milk
Step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to prepare homemade coconut milk. Plus, coconut fun facts and more!
Homemade Coconut Milk
Coconut Milk ~
Used fresh or canned, coconut milk is a must for dry skins. With a list of health benefits that seems to cover every possible ailment or condition it is no wonder the coconut palm tree is heralded as The Tree of Life by the Pacific Islanders.
Nearly one third of the world’s population relies on the coconut in some form for its food and for their economy.
They believe this fruit of the tropics to be a valuable source of food and medicine. Coconut milk along with the meat, water, oil, husk and bark of the tree have many uses.
With it’s high fat content, minerals and nutrients, coconut milk benefits to the skin include:
- Anti-ageing, it helps delay the formation of new lines and wrinkles, age spots and promotes increased skin elasticity.
- Softens and smooths skin relieving dryness and flaking of skin.
- Calms down any irritated skin and redness.
- With anti-bacterial properties it helps heal the skin.
- Helps balance the normal Ph level of the skin.
- Helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays of the sun.
- Reduces symptoms of dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
Coconut Milk Ideas
- Coconut Milk and Hyssop Facial Mask Recipe
This cleansing, clarifying face mask uses French Green Clay, the herb Hyssop and Coconut Milk. It is designed to draw out impurities, toxins and grime from the pores while leaving the skin hydrated.
- Homemade Shampoo Using Coconut Milk and Castile Soap
Make your own homemade signature shampoo using 2 basic ingredients, coconut milk and castile soap. If you ever wanted to make your own hair shampoo, look no further for a cheap and versatile recipe.
The Cucumber Flower
More Cucumber Skin Care
- 5 DIY Cooling Face and Body Sprays
Be a cool dude during the summer months by whipping up one of these easy DIY face and body sprays. Something for everyone using refreshing and cooling ingredients from the kitchen for all occasions.
- Cucumber and Aloe Vera Eye Gel Recipe
Here is a quick, easy and inexpensive eye gel recipe you can whip up in your own kitchen using cucumber and aloe vera gel. Say goodbye to under eye puffiness, dark circles, dehydrated skin and more.
- Homemade Cucumber Face Wash Recipe
A homemade cucumber face wash is easy to make and much more beneficial to your skin than store bought varieties. Here is a face wash recipe that is cost effective, chemical free and suitable for all ages, sexes and skin types thanks to the wonderful
The natural skin hydrator, cucumber has a definite place in our health and skin care.
Known for it’s cooling effect on the skin it helps eliminate dark circles under the eyes, thanks to it containing vitamin K, associated with shrinking capillaries.
It reduces any puffiness around the eye area and plump out fine lines and wrinkles giving a refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance thanks to it being over 90% water. Who can say no to those benefits?
The juice in cucumber helps clean the complexion and pores reducing the likelihood of pimples and blackheads forming.
Cucumber can significantly reduce the redness and soreness associated from sunburn and the vitamin c and manganese present in cucumbers helps the collagen knit together and so aid wounds to heal.
Slices of Cucumber
- How to Make Cucumber Spa Water
Ever thought of making your own cucumber water? Here I show you how easy it is to improve simple tap water by introducing cucumber, lemon and mint to make a highly flavoured and beneficial spa water. Read on for benefits of the ingredients and more.
Cucumber Toner ~
8-10 slices of cucumber
1/4 cup coconut milk or milk
1/4 cup coconut water
Recycled glass jar with lid
- Add all the ingredients into the blender and mix to a light smooth liquid.
- Transfer your toner into the glass jar and secure with an airtight lid.
- Store this in the refrigerator for up to a week and use twice a day.
- Dampen a piece of cotton wool with the toner and wipe all over the face and neck area.
- Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse the face with tepid water.
- Do a final splash with cold water and pat the skin dry with a towel.
- Apply your regular serum and moisturizer.
Coconut Palm Tree
Serms & Moisturizers ~
- How to Moisturize Your Skin Effectively
Tips on how to moisturize your skin effectively with a guide to the skin types and how to identify them. No matter what your type of skin it needs a moisturizer or hydrating cream and protecting daily.
- Homemade Signature Face Moisturizers
Making your very own signature moisturizer is made simple here. With 4 ingredients beeswax, carrier oil, floral water and essential oil, you choose the best ones suited to your skins type and needs.
- Olive Oil Moisturizer Recipe
Did you know Virgin Olive Oil as a skin moisturizer is one of the best moisturizers and natural skin care products you can use? Used by Mediterranean women for thousands of years, find out how beneficial this wonder product is for your skin.
- Homemade Eye Cream With Coconut Oil and Vitamin E
Making a homemade eye cream that is beneficial to the delicate skin around the eye is made easy here with 2 ingredients. Coconut Oil and Vitamin E are packed with reasons to use in an eye cream recipe.
- Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
Sunscreen is a must for us all and making your own homemade one is easier than you may realize. Many natural oils and butters contain SPF which make homemade recipes a natural choice free of chemicals
- Rejuvenating Under-Eye Serum
Who needs botox or eye lifts when we have natures very own rejuvenating oils readily available? Here is a simple, no nonsense homemade eye serum using 3 oil ingredients; Baobab, Jojoba and Carrot.
- Anti-Aging Serum with Vitamin C and Camu Camu
This is a fresh potent recipe to make your own anti-aging serum which will rival commercial brands. Rich in Vitamin C it includes Camu Camu from the Amazonian Rainforest which is a superfood for skin.
Skin Tonic or Toner
Do you use a skin toner?
Toner Tips ~
Use organic cucumbers if possible to eliminate pesticide residue as much as possible.
Some alternatives to coconut milk are to use milk, soya milk, rosewater, chamomile, rose or cucumber hydrosol (flower water).
Instead of the coconut water use distilled water, rosewater or any of the hydrosols mentioned above.
If you want to stay true to the fresh ingredient idea then why not blend some apples, pears and cucumber together and put through a strainer to get a juice to use and combine it with cucumber and coconut milk for a skin toner
Food for Thought . . . .
The idea of this recipe is to use fresh ingredients for maximum nutritional benefits to the skin. A toner that is skin type specific designed to work with a matching cleanser to streamline your personal regime preferences.
Homemade skin care solutions have evolved since ancient times, with documented evidence recognising the wonderful benefits plants bring us.
I hope you will join me in taking control of what we are putting on our skins and ultimately into our bodies. Apart from the health benefits, making your own beauty products costs way less than the equivalent in a branded product without a doubt.
All things considered, it's a "no brainer" for me, how about you?
Homemade Skin Toners ~
- Easy Homemade Face Toners and Tonics
Face toners or tonics go hand in hand with cleansers and moisturizers history dictates to us. Here are 4 easily made recipes for creating your own homemade, inexpensive and beneficial face toners.
- Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash Recipe
Making a rosewater and lemon face wash takes no time to make and will give you wonderful rejuvenated skin. You may also want to make your own rosewater using rose petals so read on for a face wash recipe and how to make your own rosewater.
- Homemade Facial
If you have ever had a facial you will know how relaxed it makes you feel. Your skin is glowing and feels soft and supple. Doing a homemade facial is equally beneficial and easy to do with recipes.