DIY Face Toner

DIY Face Toner – Rice Water and Green Tea!

So I’m on this mission to get a much better skin!

After Years of Partying and living a really unhealthy lifestyle I feel it is now time to settle down and start following a Great Skin Care Routine.

I want to use all Natural Home Made facial products, I find them fascinating and I also know exactly what goes on my Skin!

So the First thing I need to make is a DIY Face Toner!

What Is DIY Face Toner?

Generally speaking, a toner is a water-based liquid  that contains active ingredients to help address specific issues.

“Not only does it remove debris like oil and traces of makeup, but it soothes, repairs, and smooths the skin’s surface, diminishing blemishes and minimizing signs of redness and inflammation,”

It can also contain anti-ageing properties – and its these properties that I’m interested in at the moment, hence using Green Tea and Rice water for my DIY Face Toner – both these have anti-ageing properties!

The next time you’re wondering whether or not you really need to add another step to your skin-care routine, remember not to tune out toner. It eliminates dirt, grease, and grime to help clear your complexion and make the rest of your products work better.

DIY Face Toner – Rice Water and Green Tea

The Rice Water and Green Tea DIY Face toner is an excellent skin toner. It helps in keeping the skin smooth and glowing and it will even your skin tone.
Rice Water and Green Tea both have anti-ageing properties! I explain the Benefits of each of these two ingredients in more Detail Below, but for now lets have a look at How to make our DIY Face Toner using Rice Water and Green Tea.
(if you don’t want to read the full article – I’ve made a video – the one below – feel free to watch!

How to Make my DIY Face Toner

  1. First Boil the kettle, place an Organic Green tea bag in a cup and pour the Boiling water over this! Let this stand for a few minutes to really activate the ingredients in the Green tea!
  2. Take Two Table Spoons of Rice (washed off first) and add it to a container!
  3. Once the Green tea bags are completely soaked – remove the bag and squeeze and access water out.
  4. Pour the Green Tea over the Rice!

Now let this cool down!

I like keeping my rice in the Green tea water  for a day – some people remove the rice after about 15 – 20 minutes, but I just prefer to let it soak for longer!
and thats it ….. Your DIY Face Toner Using Rice Water and Green Tea is done!
I will use this toner every morning and every evening to cleanse and tone my face!
You can keep this solution in the Fridge for up to 7 Days!

How to use this DIY Face Toner?

All you do is take the solution out of the fridge, soak an makeup wipe or cotton ball with the Rice Water and Green Tea solution and wipe your face Clean!
Either continue with your normal facial routine i.e. moisturise etc.
DIY Face Toneror You can then continue onto Using a DIY Facial Scrub, DIY Peel off Face Mask or a DIY Facial Mask….
Twice a week I will use all of the above on one day to give myself a Homemade Spa Day!

The Benefits of Rice Water and How to make Rice Water!

What is Rice Water?

Rice water, in its simplest form, is the water that is leftover after washing off rice in preparation for eating. It can be concentrated or diluted and even fermented to bring out most of its benefits.

The Rice water contains nutrients that can fortify hair and renew skin when used as a facial wash or hair rinse.

Unlike many products for skin or hair care on the commercial market, it is an easy and natural way to care for your skin and hair.

Rice Water is Asia’s Best Kept Secret

Rice water has been used in eastern medicine to keep skin pliable and youthful-looking and to make hair grow strong and shiny since ancient times, in places ranging across the Asian continent. You won’t find any sulfates or silicates in a bowl of rice water, and the best part is that you can whip it up quickly in the comfort of your own home for a price that can’t be beaten.

Traditionally, female rice farmers in Japan used to bathe and wash in the water used for cleaning white rice.

In the Heian period, as early as the 9th century, women at the Japanese imperial court used fermented rice water to keep their hair long, healthy, and beautiful. Their beautiful long hair reached to the floor. These court ladies were said to have combed their hair each day using Yu-Su-Ru, which is the rinse water obtained from the washing of rice.

The Yao ethnic women from the village of Huangluo in China is a testament to this tradition. Where the women of the Yao ethnic minority reside, a haircut is something that is not only infrequent, but often never done at all—and their hair is extremely long (often more than 6 feet in length!), thick, dark and shiny well into their later years. What’s their secret?

According to an article published in China Daily, the secret for keeping their hair dark and clean is to wash it with rice water. It’s a natural shampoo and hair conditioner.

Rice water is prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners as an effective ointment to cool off inflamed skin surfaces.

Rice Water for Hair and Skin – the Research

In one research proposal detailing a project aimed at creating more effective hair care products at Japan’s SPring-8 facility, one specific substance found in rice water, called inositol, proved useful in improving elasticity of hair and reducing friction in damaged hair. This led to marked improvements in the overall health of the hair.

Another research study, published in November 2010 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Chemists, noted that the longstanding traditional hair care method of the Heian period—rinsing hair with rice water—could prove beneficial to people in the modern era, as well. These researchers found that extracts created from rice water were effective in maintaining hair health and would make an ideal addition to commercial hair care products.2

How to Make Rice Water

Which rice to use

Brown, white long grain, white short grain, jasmine, or whatever you have.

Method 1 –  Boiled rice water

To make a concentrate of rice water to use all week long in its diluted form as a facial wash or hair rinse, prepare rice as you normally would, but use two to three times the amount of water you usually would.

After the rice has cooked, strain it out. The leftover water will be a vivid white color, and will contain a high concentration of nutrients. However, don’t use it at full strength. Instead, dilute a few tablespoons of this concentrated rice water into a cup of clean water, making a barely milky-looking mixture.

Use this diluted solution to wash your face or to treat your hair, and store the leftover concentrate in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to one week.

Method 2 – No-boil quick method

If you want to extract rice water quickly and don’t want to go through the hassle of diluting and storing, simply take two cups of water and put a half cup of rice into it for 15 minutes. Strain the rice from the water and use this rice water to wash your face, hair, or both.

Method 3 – Fermented rice water

Fermented rice water is thought to be especially good for hair because of the pH change that occurs to the water during the fermentation process (the process brings the rice water’s pH more closely in line with hair’s natural pH, and causes the release of a chemical called pitera that may promote the regeneration of cells). The method for making it calls for a few extra steps, but the results are well worth the trouble.

To make fermented rice water, prepare rice water according to the no-boil quick method listed above and allow it to sit in a jar at room temperature for one or two days (in warmer climates, the fermentation process will take less time). When a slightly sour smell arises from the rice water, stop the fermentation process by keeping the solution in the fridge and use this rice water for skin toning or as a hair rinse.

Fermented rice water is very potent, so it’s best to dilute it with 1-2 cups of warm water before using it.

Wash your face with rice water daily before bedtime, and use it in your hair as a finishing rinse no more than once or twice per week—think of it as being like a deep conditioner, where a little goes a long way.

The benefits remain even after it has been rinsed away, so you can wash and rinse as you normally would without any fear of unsightly build-up occurring.

How to Use Rice Water for Skin and Hair

You can use rice water every day as part of your cleansing skin care routine, morning or evening. For your hair it is recommended to use it once or twice a week either as hair wash or last rinse.

Rice Water Works Great as:

Skin Toner:

The Rice water is an excellent skin toner. It helps in keeping the skin smooth and glowing.  It will even your skin tone.

Reduces the pore size:

The ugly pores give an unhealthy look to your skin. The rice water acts as an astringent and thus tightens the pores, making it appear smaller. It firms up the pores as well.

Acne healer:

Acne can be easily treated with rice water. Apply it on the acne area by using a cotton ball. The redness  will gradually be reduced.

Deals with eczema:

The starch components help in dealing with eczema. Boil the rice with water. Take it off from the stove once the rice is cooked. Do not strain it frequently as possibilities of loss of starch component are high. Cool the water and apply on the affected area. Regular application will treat eczema.

Soothe sunburn:

Rice water is also used for cooling inflammations and burnt skin. It will help your skin recover fast and prevent further damage

Brighten skin:

Rice water is far more beneficial than those artificial products which claim to lighten and brighten up your skin. Use Rice water as a regular face wash to get that glow on your face. It will gradually improve your skin tone. Damp the cotton in rice water and apply on your face. Let it air dry.

The Second Ingredient in my DIY Face Toner is Green Tea! Lets have a look at the benefits of Green Tea!

 The Benefits of Green Tea!

Green tea is known for its beauty and health benefits. It’s also used in a lot of beauty products these days.

Green Tea contains a high amount of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals like polyphenols.

It also has B vitamins, foliate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and caffeine.

Fights Aging Signs

Green tea has anti-aging and antioxidant benefits that can help delay signs of skin aging, such as sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.

The polyphenols in green tea help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process.

In addition, it helps fight prevent skin cancer.

Improves Skin Complexion

Green tea improves your skin complexion and makes your skin healthy. It helps flush out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and scars, and reduces inflammation. It even improves the skin’s elasticity.

Anti-Acne

The catechins in green tea are antibacterial agents that help fight acne-causing bacteria. Catechins even help regulate hormonal imbalances in the body, one of the key causes of acne.

Skin Glow

Green tea works as a natural toner for your skin. It helps draw out impurities, reduce large pores and give your skin a nice healthy glow

Skin Hydration

It even helps keep your skin hydrated, which is essential for healthy skin.

Prevents Dark Circles

Soaking a cotton pad with the mist and placing on eyes can help reduce and prevent dark circles.

Reduces Pores

Green tea can help reduce the appearance of pores gradually.

Anti Dandruff

When sprayed on scalp after shampooing, it can help control dandruff and overtime prevent dandruff due to it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredients.

Prevents Oiliness

The mist seals in moisture in skin and hair both preventing oily scalp/hair and skin.

SOOTHE SUNBURN – Soothe Sunburn

It soothes sunburn in summers. It work great as body mist to soothes sunburn.

Green tea has always been  popular in China and was used medicinally for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression.

People all over the world use green tea due to its numerous health benefits.

 

I hope you enjoyed this DIY Face Toner article and video!

Let me know what your thoughts are on this or if you have tried it and what you think?

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