Balancing Toner

Herbal facials for winter-weary skin.
February/March 1996
Chamomile is an especially gentle skin-care ingredient, perfect for those with sensitive skin.

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Makes 1 treatment

This is a good balancer for all skin types. The ingredients are antibacterial and slightly acidic, helping restore the skin’s normal pH after cleansing. You may use it every day.

• 2 tablespoons witch hazel
• 1/2 teaspoon dried chamomile
• 1 teaspoon dried lavender

1. Place all the ingredients in a food chopper and process. Allow to stand 5 minutes, then mix again.

2. Apply to a clean face and leave it on 1 to 3 minutes. Remove it with a damp, cool washcloth. Follow with a moisturizer.

3. This formula may be made up in larger quantities; strain out the herbs or leave them in. It will keep for 1 month or longer in the refrigerator.

Kathlyn Quatrochi has a doctorate in naturopathy. She and her husband own St. Anley Inn, a bed-and-breakfast surrounded by herb gardens in Oak Glen, California. Kathlyn teaches herbal skin care, maintains a skin treatment practice, and makes Beauty Garden Skin Care Products.

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