White Willow Bark is the perfect ingredient for our acne toner recipe because it produces Salicin, which is converted to salicylic acid in the body, as a result, it goes to work reducing inflammation and easing the pain. A more potent salicylic acid is synthesized in a laboratory to produce aspirin, therefore it is very beneficial for the skin. White Willow Bark is used in cosmetic and personal care products as an astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing and conditioning properties, which can help with many skin problems:
- Anti-Aging– Willow Bark’s Salicin can help reduce the visible signs of skin aging. A 2010 study results showed significant improvements in wrinkles, roughness, pore size, radiance, and overall appearance after only one week. In addition, there were improvements in hyper-pigmentation, firmness, and jawline contour after four weeks.
- Reduces breakouts- It naturally exfoliates skin and clears pores, which help reduce breakouts and give skin a clearer, healthier appearance.
- Antimicrobial- It fights microorganisms, which helps clear bacteria on the skin that can cause acne and other issues.
- Anti-inflammatory- It reduces Inflammation which is the source of a lot of skin problems, including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, premature aging, and eczema.
White Willow Bark Skin-Clearing Toner Recipe
- 1 heaping Tbsp or 1/2 Dry Ounce- White Willow Bark (Salix alba)
- 3 ounces Boiling water
- 1.7oz. Witch Hazel
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerin (Optional-Use only if you have oily skin)
- 5 drops Tea Tree
- 5 drops Lavender
- 4oz. Solubilizer-Polysorbate 20 (This will keep the essential oils from separating from the infusion/water)
- Begin by pouring the boiling water over the white willow bark and let steep for 15 minutes.
- While the willow bark is steeping, mix together the essential oils and solubilizer in a 1qt Mason Jar. Add the witch hazel & glycerin, place a lid on and shake well.
- After that, Double Strain the Willow Bark Infusion through cheesecloth or a coffee filter. (You don’t want any leftover bark particles to scratch your face, so be sure to strain well )
- Finally, pour the Willow Bark Infusion into the mason jar, with the other ingredients, place the lid on, and shake well to combine all the ingredients.
- To use, rinse the face with warm water and swab the toner across your face.
When to use Glycerin:
Glycerin is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. Glycerin is also highly “hygroscopic” which means that it absorbs water from the air or needs water to bond to. Because of this hygroscopic quality, pure, 100 percent glycerin placed on the tongue may raise a blister, since it is dehydrating.
The danger of using glycerin in a dry-arid climate is that it will have no moisture to pull in from the air. Therefore, it will pull from your skin instead, leaving it dried out, instead of moisturized. The optimal dew point temperatures of (40F to 60F), is when to use Glycerin in your toner, otherwise, it can be too drying to the skin or cause too much water, making it become too oily. (If you have a naturally oily face, you may want to experiment with the Glycerin)
Essential Oil Acne Fighters:
While there are many essential oils that can help fight acne, this is a list of the milder essential oils. Be sure to study each one and conduct a patch test before using it. (Avoid Citrus oils, as they are phototoxic and can cause skin sensitivity from the sun)
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