In our 2018 quest to craft our own beauty products we have ventured into the wonderful world of teas. Most people would agree drinking tea is healthy, so why not get some of those health benefits for our largest organ – our skin! Tea is rich in antioxidants, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory properties, plus it’s not very expensive. Rosewater has been a beauty staple for decades, especially as a facial spray, but it can be surprisingly pricey. So we created our own refreshing and affordable Herbal Tea Facial Spray.
We used Traditional Medicinals organic Rose Hips with Hibiscus tea bags. Both rosehips and hibiscus smell completely delicious so our tea of choice was kind of a no-brainer. They’re both also pretty powerful astringents and can help tighten pores, reduce inflammation and redness, and protect the skin from free radical damage. Hibiscus has earned itself the nickname “The Botox Plant” because of its powerful benefits that can lift and firm the skin. It is also a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs help exfoliate skin, control acne, speed up cell turnover rate, increase moisture, improve flexibility and elasticity. It also contains a high mucilage content which makes it great for moisturizing. While rose hips contain a lot of the same benefits, they also have vitamin C antioxidants that stimulate collagen and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The vitamin A in rose hips also helps with skin’s texture and tone. On top of all that, both are great for soothing inflamed skin and calming eczema and psoriasis.
It’s super simple to make and cost less than $10. You probably have most of the ingredients already in your kitchen. Let’s get this party started and start looking glowy and flawless together.
1.5 cups distilled water – this is important because this distillation process removes almost 99% of minerals, contaminants, and impurities. The result is a “purer” water with a pH level of seven. You can pick up a gallon for around $2.00 at any local market
4 teaspoons of organic loose tea (loose is better because it will be simmering on the stove. If you don’t have loose tea, you can cut open 2 tea bags) You could use any organic herbal tea.
1 drop essential oil of your choice (optional)
Small pitcher or funnel
1 unbleached coffee filter or cheesecloth
Spray bottle or container of your choice (glass is preferable)
Thoroughly clean and sterilize your fine misting spray bottle. If you’re in the market for one, we recommend an amber or cobalt glass bottle instead of plastic (amber is the best for blocking UV rays and keeping your products bacteria free and more potent for longer)
Add your distilled water, tea leaves and 1 drop of essential oil to the pot and place over medium heat (IMPORTANT NOTE – be very careful and do not add more than 1 drop or you will overpower the fragrance of the tea).
Take off the burner to let it cool for at least a minute.
Use your coffee filter and cover the top of a mug or heat proof container. Secure with a rubber band or hair tie.
Pour rosewater mixture slowly over the filter.
Cool in the fridge before transferring to your spray bottle or container. For easier transfer, use a funnel or pitcher with a spout.
It’s ready! Spritz onto your face, hair, or body and enjoy the fragrance, and instant hydration and tightening sensation.
We tested this on willing humans and these are the things we noticed immediately: Tightening of the pores, softer skin, instant hydration, more glow.
This is a great product to toss in your bag when you’re on the go. Mist yourself whenever and however often you want. Do yourself a favor and take 30 minutes out of your day to make this. You deserve it. Let us know what you concocted and how it worked for you! Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the DMs @beautydummy