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Witch Hazel Skin Toner

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Witch hazel is astringent and toning and has many uses in homemade skin care. Make your own witch hazel tincture so that you can make witch hazel water when needed.

 

You will need:

 

50g witch hazel bark and leaves

100g isopropyl alcohol or vodka

Spring water

 

 

Method:

 

Shred the witch hazel bark and leaves into small pieces and place in a screw-topped glass jar. Pour the alcohol over and replace the lid. Leave for three weeks, shaking the jar once each day. After three weeks, strain the tincture through a fine mesh sieve and discard the shredded witch hazel. Pour the tincture into a dark glass bottle.

 

 

To use:

 

To make witch hazel water, mix together witch hazel tincture and spring water at a ratio of 1:7. This can be used as a facial astringent/mist and can be added to skin care creams, gels and soaps for oily or blemished skin. Make some ice cubes from witch hazel water and keep in the freezer. When your eyes are puffy or tired, wrap one in a cotton pad and gently massage it over the eye area for cooling relief.

 

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