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If you are trying to make your beauty routine as all-natural as possible, then you probably enjoy the idea of making your own products from scratch. Not only can you save money, but you'll know exactly what kind of ingredients are being used on your skin. Homemade skin rinses are one way to get clean and feel refreshed. And whether you are looking to save your face or your feet, there are plenty of recipes to try out and have fun with.
Including vinegar in your daily beauty regimen can have many positive benefits -- it will clean bacteria, reduce the appearance of flaky dryness and will regulate the pH balance of the skin. Mixing it with herbs or essential oils makes vinegar even more effective and adds a pleasant scent. For a fab rinse, take two pints of white wine vinegar and toss in 2 oz. each of calendula and elder flowers. Let the concoction sit for two weeks on a sunny windowsill. To use, just splash on your face and rinse.
The oil of the lemongrass plant blades can be used to make a skin rinse that is effective in treating oily skin and acne. If you have a lemongrass plant in your garden, just carefully snip a few blades, place them in two cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to simmer until you smell the leaves emanating from the pot. Pour the mixture into a jar and place in the fridge before using. You can also freeze the liquid in an ice cube tray and use the frozen cubes for a quick pick-me-up.
Fennel reduces puffiness and irritation, so if your skin is on the sensitive side, then a fennel-infused face wash is the right rinse for you. Toss 2 tsp. of crushed fennel and two sprigs of thyme into a pot of boiling water. Turn off the heat and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Allow the herbs to steep for 15 minutes. Pour into a glass jar and keep the potion refrigerated when you are not using it.
When putting together a natural skincare routine, don't leave out your hands and feet. A wash made of lavender is fantastic for relieving dry, chafed digits. Bring two cups of water to a simmer and add 1/2 cup of lavender flowers and 1/2 cup of chopped sage to your pot. Heat for 20 minutes and strain mixture with a cheesecloth. Pour the liquid into a jar and add in eight drops of lavender essential oil. Shake well. Soak a cotton ball in the liquid and rub over your hands and feet.