SPECIAL: Alex’s Homemade Recipes – Part 3


Alex shares another homemade skincare secret…her recipe for a refreshing and rejuvenating facial toner!

Okay if you’re on a budget and you can’t afford expensive skincare…it’s time to raid your fridge and cupboards and naturally rejuvenate your skin and hair! Make your own beauty products…chemically free!


Most beauty products contain pthalates, formaldehyde, parabens and other chemicals that have been shown to harm animals in lab tests, and which are being phased out in Europe in favor of less toxic alternatives. Prenatal exposure to pthalates, for example, has been linked to liver and kidney damage and effects on baby boys’ reproductive organs.


So here is the third beauty recipe that I have tried and LOVE! Feel free to leave us comments, and let us know what you think…More recipes to come!
CUCUMBER & HONEY FACIAL TONER
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 medium Cucumber, peeled and cut up into pieces
  • 2 tsp. Honey

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Puree cucumber in a blender or with Cuisinart.
  2. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and set the sieve over a glass bowl or measuring cup.
  3. Pour the cucumber puree through the sieve and let it stand for 15 minutes for the juices to drip into the bowl.
  4. Pour the clear juice into a clean bottle and add honey.

TO USE:

  1. Shake the bottle and saturate a cotton pad with the lotion.
  2. Sweep over face, neck and chest morning and night, and let it air dry (about 3 to 4 minutes).
  3. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes about 1/2 cup.

ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS
Honey:  Honey is a natural humectant and retains moisture in the skin, making it a great ingredient for those with dry skin. At the same time it is good for blemish-prone skin because of its antibacterial properties.
Cucumber: The antioxidants and silica present in cucumber help to lighten the dark skin and rejuvenate tired, dull looking skin. It will also help open pores, leaving your skin supple and radiant. Fresh cucumber juice along with honey if applied to the skin on a regular basis can act as great toner for your skin and also lighten your complexion.

This was Alex’s third special feature post on ‘Homemade Skincare’ that is one, out of many of her favorite recipes for beautiful skin. View Alex’s first recipe of the Pumpkin & Papaya Enzyme Mask (here), and her second recipe for an Avocado & Carrot Facial Mask (here.)
She will be posting several more recipes, along with pictures of her concoctions…so make sure you check back frequently to see all of her fabulous homemade beauty recipes and more pictures of Alex “the organic skincare chemist” in action!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT** Check BFF Beauty Blog tomorrow for some very special news from our Beauty BFF, Alex…we’ll give you a little hint in the meantime…New Mommy’s will not want to miss this news, it’s something BEAUTY-ful for your precious little ones!
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