At one point or another we’ve all spritzed our faces with water on a hot day, or wished we had some water nearby to use! Or maybe you have seen someone on an airplane spritz their face after a long flight? Too ridiculous? I’ll admit it feels silly sometimes, but taking the time to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day is one of the best things you can do for your skin.
Our skin is the largest organ of our body, it absorbs moisture, it expels moisture, water is extremely important for the health of our skin. While water is a great place to start, there is also a whole host of skin soothing ingredients that your skin will drink up, soak up, and thank you for later.
Tea has hydrating and refreshing effects on the skin and can be used as a base for a DIY face mist. Green tea especially is full of antioxidants and soothes irritated skin. Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea leaves that can also help relax the mind in addition to the body, who doesn’t love a double whammy?
Once you have green tea as your base, from there, you can customize the mist for your particular skin type – whether it be dry, oily or sensitive. Just by changing a few additional ingredients, you can create endless combinations.
Cool Off With A Hydrating DIY Face Mist
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 organic green tea bags
Similar to a toner, a daily facial mist can be customized by adding any of these ingredients to the green tea base:
- Dry or aging skin: Add 4 to 6 drops of argan, jojoba, or avocado oil to your facial mist to treat aging or dry skin—just be sure to shake well before each use. Jojoba in particular is a wonderful choice for dry skin due to how closely related it is to our skin’s own sebum or oil. It mimics our skin’s oil and thus is easily absorbed.
- Sensitive or dry skin: Add equal parts rosewater to the green tea mist to treat sensitive or dry skin. Rosewater has anti-inflammatory properties that can treat redness and/or irritation.
- Oily or acne-prone skin: Add one teaspoon of witch hazel to your green tea mist for oily or acne-prone skin. As a natural astringent, witch hazel removes excess oil on the surface of the skin while it tones and soothes skin.
Steep tea bags in hot water for several minutes. Once steeped, remove the tea bags. Once the tea has cooled to room temperature, add any oils, rosewater, or witch hazel you are using from the above list. Transfer tea to a glass spray bottle and keep in the refrigerator. Shake well before each use. Simply spritz several times a day on the face and neck whenever your skin needs a refreshing boost.
Have you ever tried to make your own facial mist? We would love to hear your favorite recipe below in the comments!
Photos by Ana Stanciu149