Fresh oranges are naturally rich in vitamin C, which helps protect and freshen your complexion. Mint leaves are rich in iron and the menthol helps tighten your pores after cleansing. This Mint Orange Toner will deep-cleanse your skin and help rid it of surface dirt, oil and dead skin cells. MAKES 12 OUNCES
• 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves OR 1 tablespoon dried
• 1 orange peel
• 2 cups boiling water
• 1 tablespoon witch hazel
1. Place mint leaves and orange peels in a ceramic bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow mixture to steep and cool completely. Strain out mint leaves and peels and stir in the witch hazel. Pour into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid.
2. To use: Apply Mint Orange Toner to your skin after cleansing with a clean cotton pad. You can also use in a spray bottle after bathing or as a skin freshener throughout the day.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt, 2002).
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