Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Homemade cosmetics. Part 4. pH balancers specific for skin type (needed daily).

9 September 2009

Hi there! It's me Svetlana again.
I hope you enjoy the section on the homemade cosmetics. Wait until you actually try it!
Tonight I will cover the second last step af the daily routine which is an application of a pH balancer specific for your skin type (the last step is actually a moisturizer, except if you have oily skin when moisturizer should be avoided).

Step 5. Applying pH balancers specific for skin type (daily).


pH balancers have to be used after the skin cleansing or after any other skin treatments (masks, exfoliations, etc.). Apply a pH balancer with a cotton ball or gauze, or just splash it on. May follow with a moisturizer (except oily skin).


Basic pH balancer for Normal skin

3 cups distilled water

1/3 cups apple cider vinegar

Essential oils or herbal infusions (used in place of distilled water) may be added to the basic pH balancer for special types of skin (see below). To make an herbal infusion, pour boiling water over the herb, cover the container to prevent essential oil vapors from escaping, steep for 15-20 min, and strain. For stronger infusions steep until the liquid cools down to the room temperature, and then strain.

pH balancer for dry skin

Add several drops of one of these oils or several spoons of these infusions to the basic pH balancer (see recipe above): cornflower, sorrel, parsley, sweet violet (flowers and leaves).

pH balancer for oily skin

Add several drops of one of these oils or several spoons of one of these infusions to the basic pH balancer: calendula (marigold), geranium, sage.

Many women do not apply a pH balancer, and it's fine, too. You can finish with a toner (a one step before) or with a moisturizer (to be described in the next post), except if you have oily skin. Oily skin does not need a moisturizer.

Good night!

Svetlana

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