One of my favorite things about working in natural beautycare is all the wonderful like-minded people I get to meet. Whether its uber self-educated clients, creative ingredient growers and suppliers or wonderful beauty bloggers, who like me, love sharing their info. Today we have a guest blogger who does just that. Sabrina Taylor is a fellow-former acne sufferer and DIY skincare enthusiast. Today she is going to give us the inside scoop on her Green Tea Cleanser, which you can make from common household ingredients (at least common in my house…what do you mean you don’t have witch hazel on hand? Get to that stat!). I luuuurve green tea. Proof is that I made a video about it. But now for a practical use for this love. So roll up your sleeves and lets get making! Take it away Sabrina!
DIY Green Tea Facial Cleanser: A Spring Skincare Recipe
Skin care is important. Some call it vanity, I call it preservation.
We only get one body and between lifestyle choices, environmental factors and plain ole’ genetics, it can take a beating. And the aftermath often appears on our skin. Not too long ago I was struggling with some hormonal imbalance and it was wreaking havoc on my skin. Little pimples began appearing on my forehead just below the surface, but they were everywhere. For someone who typically has clear skin, this was unsettling.What’s worse is that I was irritating the problem by using harsh over-the-counter acne products and it was leaving my skin red, raw and inflamed.
I’ve always been a bit of a DIY gal, so I decided to retire my old skin care routine and go with something a little more natural; ie. something with ingredients I could actually pronounce. Because I wanted to restore balance to my skin, tackle the acne and reduce the risk of acne scarring from the breakouts I had already experience, I had to be very particular with the ingredients I chose. So, I decided to go with something super simple and here’s what I came up with…
DIY Green Tea Facial Cleanser
Here’s what you will need:
● 30 drops of Liquid Green Tea Extract (I like Nature’s Answer brand because it’s not
full of junky additional ingredients and it’s easy to order off iHerb)
● 1 tablespoon of Witch Hazel
● 2 tablespoon Baking Soda
● 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera (I prefer fresh, straight from the plant but gel will do in a pinch)
● 50mL Bottle for storage (dark glass if possible — easy to find on Amazon)
Making this facial cleanser is easy. Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, then pour into your bottle. Be sure to shake well before each use because the ingredients may separate over time. Always apply a face moisturizer after each use as well.
Why it Works
Acne is disruptive to your skin and not just where a blemish breaks out. The healthy skin surrounding a pimple often becomes collateral damage because we focus so heavily on treating the pimples that we don’t think about how some of the harsh ingredients will affect the rest of our skin. For this reason, each ingredient was chosen for a particular purpose.
Green tea is rich with flavonoid phytochemicals called polyphenols. This compound belongs to a group of antioxidants known as catechins, which are responsible for protecting your skin from UV radiation, but more importantly, enhancing your skin cell growth. A 2011 study featured in the Journal of Nutrition found that when polyphenols (in this case, catechins) improved blood circulation and skin elasticity, as well as an overall better skin quality. In simpler terms, the green tea extract — which is rich in these polyphenols — strengthens your skin by reactivating dying skin cells and helps prevent the appearance of negative after effects caused from an acne breakout.
Witch hazel is one of my personal favourites when it comes to skin care. Extracted from the leaves, bark and twigs of the Hamamelis Virginiana shrub, witch hazel contains flavonoids and essential oils that contain astringent properties. Astringent properties work well on acne-prone skin because they help to close the pores and prevent dirt and bacteria from clogging them. Some astringents are stronger than others and more appropriate for oily skin, but as someone with very sensitive skin, I can attest to the mildness of witch hazel. I have never experienced raw or drying side effects from using it and I often use it on its own as a facial skin toner.
I included baking soda in this cleanser because it is a cheap and effective exfoliating ingredient. The tiny crystals of baking soda help to slough away dead skin cells that may be causing acne breakouts to begin with, and clear the way for fresh skin cells to grow. When used in high quantities, baking soda cam dry your skin out and cause more harm than good so this is why the addition of moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera is so important.
Aloe vera comes from the mucilage (the gooey stuff) inside aloe leaves and is made up of 99.5% water. And we all know the importance of water and hydration for healthy skin. It’s important to note that if you have excessively dry skin, aloe will not provide the deep moisture your skin is craving. If this is the case, add 3 drops of Vitamin E Oil to your cleanser for stronger nourishment.
Who is this For?
If you’ve been suffering with breakouts and want to restore some balance to your skin, then this DIY cleanser is perfect for you. Gentle enough for dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin, it will also work for combination or oily skin types.
I suggest storing it in a cool dry place, in a darker glass bottle as it lasts longer. The recipe above should last 1-2 weeks. As all the ingredients are natural, I prefer to make smaller doses so that they don’t have the chance to go bad.
Acne is no fun and neither is living with the scarring or dryness that often comes after a breakout has passed. With the help of this quick and simple DIY you should be able to restore your face to its former clear, bright skin.
Sabrina is the DIY-loving, skincare blogger behind QuickandSimpleSkincare.com. On a mission to protect and love the skin she’s in, Sabrina makes homemade skincare alternatives instead of buying over the counter, like her DIY anti cellulite cream. Don’t be shy — drop her a line on Facebook or follow her on Pinterest.