Have you ever noticed how much better your skin and hair feel after a day at the beach in the salty sea air? I sure do. Unfortunately, the Atlantic is not in my backyard, so I came up with a toner to recreate the beach effect at home.
Sea salt is just evaporated seawater, but it has many more detoxifying minerals than regular table salt. It exfoliates, reduces excess oils and helps get rid of bacteria and clear problem skin. Getting rid of the top layer of old, dead skin cells, allows the shiny new ones to replace them. Voila, glowing skin.
Since sea salt can be slightly drying while it reduces all those oils on your face, I thought it would be good to counter that effect with some cucumber juice.
In her article, “Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles”, author Allison Tannis writes,
“In addition to its hydrating water content, which lends the skin moisture and reduces puffiness, the vegetable packs vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which soothe inflamed or irritated skin. If you juice your cukes with the skin on, silica from the peel helps firm up sagging skin.”
Rose water was a hydrating favorite of Cleopatra. Its anti-inflammatory nature soothes redness, and it also has light astringent properties, which help unclog pores.
Sea Salt, Cucumber & Rose Toner:
- 3 Tbsp sea salt
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup rose water
- ¼ cup cucumber juice (1 cucumber)
Find a suitable container, and pour in the sea salt.
Add the water (I use filtered) and rose water.
I don’t have one of those crazy juicers, so I just used a manual citrus juicer for the cucumber.
Then shake, shake, shake to dissolve all the sea salt.
I’ve been using it in the morning and before bed. I saw an improvement right away after the first night, but I’m betting my skin will be even healthier after a longer period of continuous use.