By: Shahnaz Husain
We’re well into the sweltering heat of summer. Looking fresh and glowing all day long can be quite a task, especially in summer when skin is exposed to harsh weather, scorching heat, sweating, and pollution.
Homemade Face mists are great skin coolers to beat the scorching heat that will keep your skin shining and your pockets safe.
A face mist helps refresh the skin and keep it balanced throughout the day. Whether you want to hydrate your parched skin, brighten your faded complexion or restore nutrients lost due to continuous exposure to harsh sunlight, face mists are your answer.
Cucumber is one of the cheapest, safest, and most sustainable options in summer and it works excellent for our skin.
Its high water content not only hydrates your skin but also acts as a natural coolant for the skin. It soothes, calms, and revitalizes sun-damaged skin. Moreover, it closes the pores and reduces oiliness. Cucumber face masks can revive tired skin and get rid of sun tan and acne.
Depending on the ingredients, the spray mist can tone the skin, or close the pores, or reduce oiliness. It can also have a healing effect on eruptive conditions and may moisturize the skin. Simply formulated, a facial spray can be a wonderful pick-me-up treatment. Facial mists also help to “set” your make-up. Instead of a powdery or chalky finish, you can have a moist and healthy look after applying makeup.
To make a spray mist at home, you will need a spray bottle and distilled water. Or, you can use mineral water, instead of distilled water. Rose water may also be used. In fact, you can put rose water in the spray bottle and chill it in the fridge. You can also mix rose water in equal quantities with cucumber juice. Cucumber is a natural coolant and cucumber juice can be a wonderful face toner and an astringent. It closes the pores and reduces oiliness of the skin. It also has a mild skin-whitening effect.
Cucumber is packed with natural toning properties, so you can use it twice a day as a toner alone.
You can make a facial mist with cucumber juice, mixing the juice of one cucumber with one tablespoon of rose water and one cup of mineral water. It will not only tone the skin, but also remove tan over a period of time.
Cucumber juice can also be mixed with one teaspoon of mint juice and a cup of mineral water.
The juice of one cucumber can also be mixed with half a teaspoon of lemon juice, one teaspoon aloe vera juice and one cup rose water. Chill the mixture in the fridge. This spray mist will close the pores and also moisturize the skin, without making it oily.
You can also mix one tablespoon of cucumber juice with one cup coconut water. It makes a most refreshing skin toner, also cooling the skin. It is also a skin whitening beauty treatment if used over a period of time and lightens skin blemished.
You can also take 10 gms of rose petals and put them in a bowl. Add two cups of hot water to cover them and let them infuse in the water. Leave overnight. Next morning cool and strain and then add one tablespoon of cucumber juice and the contents of one Vitamin E capsule. Mix well. Put in a spray bottle and use it to spray a fine mist on the face. It helps to tone, refresh and nourish the skin.
Cut a fresh cucumber and ripe tomato into chunks. Blend the chunks in a food processor and process until smooth. Pat the mixture, without rubbing, onto your face and neck using your fingers. Let it sit on your skin for five minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Keep the remaining mixture in a container and store it in your refrigerator for up to 15 days. Use it daily.
Take the juice of medium size ½ cucumbers in a small bowl. Pour ½ cup of distilled water. Add 1 tsp of aloe Vera juice. Finally add 1 tsp of witch hazel. Mix it well and keep it in a small bottle, Use it whenever you need freshness.
One should take care not to use too much facial mist sprays. They provide a cool, fresh feeling, but that does not mean you drench yourself with it. Too much can actually cause your make-up to run, instead of helping to set it.
Hold the spray bottle about 6-8 inches away from the face and spritz the solution 2-3 times. Allow it to dry naturally while ensuring that the skin absorbs all the goodness!
Home beauty recipes should not be made in large quantities.
You should use a light moisturizing spray and avoid using too much.
Different ingredients can be steeped in hot water, cooled and then strained and used in a facial mist. Among these are lemon and orange peels, lemon or orange slices, grapefruit, aloe vera juice, etc., apart from cucumber. Store the liquid in a refrigerator.
(The author is an international fame beauty expert and is called the herbal queen of India)