Skin fresheners plays a crucial role in a skin care routine, specially in the hot and humid season. They restore the normal balances, keep the pores unclogged, stimulate blood circulation to the skin surface and keep the skin glowing. Rose Water, cucumber, khus and many other ingredients make good skin fresheners. You can also use green tea, apple cider vinegar, potato, tomato, lemon and even white wine to refresh and tone the skin.
The skin tonic or freshener which you buy or make should have a gentle action, so that you can use it several times a day to wipe and refresh the skin, especially during summer. Herbal products are good in this respect. Keeping them in the fridge really helps to tone and refresh. Rose Water is one of the best known skin toners. To make a skin toner and freshener, Rose water can be mixed with Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginia). Witch Hazel is a shrub, from which the flowers and the fruits have been widely used for cosmetic purposes. It helps to tighten and soothe the skin and also reduces inflammation. You can make your own skin freshener with rosewater and witch-hazel. This combination not only tones the skin, but has an antiseptic effect. It is also said to tighten the skin and reduce puffiness. Witch hazel will be available at a pharmacy. For normal skin, mix together ¾ cup rosewater with ¼ cup witch-hazel. For oily skin, mix the rosewater and witch-hazel in equal quantities. For dry skin, mix together ¾ cup rosewater, ¼ cup witch-hazel and half-teaspoon pure glycerin.
Mint (pudina) leaves also cool and freshen the skin. Crush mint leaves and add them to water. Let it stand for an hour. Strain and apply on the face with cotton wool. It is cool and refreshing.
To freshen the skin, tone daily with chilled rose water, or Shahnaz Husain’s Sharose (rose based skin tonic). Toning stimulates blood circulation to the skin surface and adds a glow. Keep rose water in a bowl in the fridge and soak cotton wool pads in it. Use them to wipe the skin. Then, stroke the skin with them. On the cheeks, use outward and upward movements, ending each stroke at the temples and applying gentle pressure. On the forehead, start from the centre and go outwards on each side, again ending at the temples. For the chin, use circular movements. Then, pat the skin briskly with the rosewater-soaked cotton wool pads. You can also use Shahnaz Husain’s Shamint or Yogic Veda Holistic Floral Mist
Shahnaz Husain Skin Fresheners and Toners:
Containing extracts of rose, date and sandalwood, it is specially designed to tone and refresh the skin. Removes oil and deep cleanses pores in pimple-prone skin. It also helps to energize and invigorate the skin, making it look clearer and brighter.
YOGIC VEDA HOLISTIC FLORAL MIST
This infusion of floral and herbal extracts have been blended together to formulate this spray mist to hydrate and refresh the skin. Containing rose water and aloe vera juice, along with extracts of date, cucumber, ginseng, chameli flowers, basil, mint and Vitamin E, it replenishes moisture and also nourishes the skin. Easily absorbed, it helps to set and seal make-up, leaving the skin soft, smooth and radiant.
SHAFRESH (Seaweed Lotion)
A seaweed lotion, the formulation helps to hydrate all skin types and brings about a visible improvement in the texture of the skin. Helps to soften the skin and reduce the appearance of ageing signs.