Summer season is not usually easy for people with oily skin. With rising temperature and humidity levels, oily skin tends to get more greasy, shiny, with clogged pores a common concern. Apart from following a good cleansing-toning-moisturizing routine, one product that one can add to the skin care routine is an astringent. A good astringent would clean facial pores, tighten up pores, and minimize oil secretion. Most astringents available in the stores have alcohol in them which dry out the skin further, hence it would be a good idea to make your own astringent at home with naturally available ingredients. In this post, we would tell you how to make homemade astringents for oily skin.
How Does An Astringent Work?
However, before you start using your homemade astringent, here are the top five astringent facts you need to be aware of:
1. Normally, you are expected to apply astringent after you have cleansed your skin thoroughly.
2. It can be used two to three times everyday.
3. Astringent application can be followed up with a light moisturizer if necessary (you can use a natural moisturizer too).
4. An astringent breaks through the skin pores to constrict them, remove dirt and thus, it counterbalances surplus oil and tightens the skin.
5. It has a revitalizing effect; it imparts a healthy glow and minimizes the possibility of acnes, pimples and blemishes
Easy Homemade Astringent Lotion Recipes
1. Lemon-Witch Hazel Astringent: This astringent works wonders for oily skin types. You just need to mix lemon juice (1/4 cup) with witch hazel (1/2 cup) and apply the mixture to you face and neck with a cotton ball.
2. Rose Astringent: You would require some rose fresh petals and distilled water to prepare this astringent at home. Make sure that the petals are free from any kind of pesticide and you can definitely depend upon your own little garden to supply you the best quality of roses. Heat water till it starts boiling and pour it slowly over the rose petals placed in a bowl. Keep it for around thirty minutes and filter the petals in such a way that the rose water comes out. Pour the solution in a bottle and store it in the refrigerator.
3. Lemon-Orange Astringent: You would need thinly sliced pieces of half-a-lemon and half-an-orange along with ethanol alcohol (3/4 cup). All the ingredients need to be combined in a blender and mixed until the fruits are thoroughly crushed. The liquid should be strained and applied to your face. The mixture is very effective in tightening pores, refreshing the skin and removing excess oils. It can be stored for up to six months in a refrigerator.
4. Chamomile-Mint Astringent: This astringent is particularly nice for oily skin; to make it, two tablespoons of dried mint, two tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers and four cups of water are required. All the constituents should be combined in a saucepan and allowed to boil for ten minutes. Wait for five minutes and then, the liquid has to be strained. You can store it in a refrigerator for about two weeks.
5. Sandalwood Astringent: You would want eight tablespoons of sandalwood oil, two teaspoons of almond oil, one tablespoon of honey, four tablespoons of rosewater, four tablespoons of orange flower extract and five grams of sodium bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda). All these components have to be mixed and the mixture can also be stored in the fridge. Apply it on your face with a cotton wool.
6. Cucumber juice is an excellent natural astringent that is good for every skin type.
7. Rose water without any preservative or any other added ingredient is an effective astringent, mild and gentle, and it can be used even if your skin is sensitive. Our suggestions, Patanjali Rose Water, Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water.
8. Apply the juice of tomato directly on oily and combination skin to reap great benefits.
9. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water and apply it on your face and neck for effective cleansing and toning, and also to prevent acne and fade away dark spots.
There are many reasons for you to opt for homemade astringent lotions. They can be easily made with things which are freely available in your kitchen or your fruit basket. Since they are prepared with natural ingredients, they do not have negative effects and they are gentle on your skin. Often, they are cheaper than the astringents obtainable in reputed shops dealing in beauty products; but, at the same time, they can effectively meet your daily beauty requirements.