Hydrosol waters are produced in the same or similar manner as essential oils. However, the essential oil floats to the top of the hydrosol where it is removed, leaving behind the water. In the past, these essential waters were only considered a byproduct of distillation, but now they are considered an important co-product.
Hydrosol waters contain diluted essential oils and also contain many more of the plant acids than pure essential oils, making them skin friendly. A pH between 5-6 makes them suitable for use as facial toners. Facial toners…. the second step to properly cleansing your skin.
In our last post, we discussed cleansing acne prone skin with our African Black Soap Face Wash and now the next step is to tone the skin. Most people skip this important step, yet it only takes a few more seconds and aids your skin by removing the oils and/or makeup that your cleanser left behind. It then closes the pore and tightens and tones the skin. Men benefit from hydrosol waters as well. Hydrosols can be used in place of aftershave to close the pores and tone the skin.
After cleansing your skin, spritz the toner directly on your face. Let it set for approximately 20 seconds before removing with a cotton ball. Rub cottonball in a circular and downward motion until excess oils and makeup are removed.
Lavender water is excellent at toning sensitive and acne prone skin and is well known for its therapeutic properties such as being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and skin healing. Lavender is soothing to the skin and an excellent choice for All skin types.