Facial Sprays

Shahnaz Husain                                                                                                          Facial sprays form a fine mist on the face and can be most cool and refreshing in summer. Depending on the ingredients, the spray can also tone the skin, or close the pores and reduce oiliness. Some sprays can also have a healing effect on eruptive conditions, while others may moisturize the skin. Facial mists also help to “set” your make-up.
To make a spray at home, you will need a spray bottle and distilled water. Or, you can use mineral water, instead of distilled water. Rose water may also be used. Put rose water in the spray bottle and chill it in the fridge. Just spraying the face with rose water can help to refresh and cool the skin.
Take 10 gms of rose petals and put them in a bowl. Add hot water to cover them and let them infuse in the water. Leave overnight. Next morning, cool and strain. Add the contents of 2 Vitamin E capsules. Mix well. Put in a spray bottle and use it to spray a fine mist on the face. It helps to tone, refresh and nourish the skin.
A facial spray can also be made by adding essential oils to the water. Make sure that you buy pure Essential Oils. Also, remember that essential oils should not be used by themselves. They must be added to distilled water or mineral water in the right proportions. Shake the bottle well after adding the essential oil. Wash or cleanse the face before using the facial spray. Shake the spray bottle well every time before using it, because the oil and water may separate. Home beauty recipes should not be made in large quantities.
For all skin types: Take a green tea bag and 2 to 3 drops wheat germ oil or Vitamin E oil. Put the tea bag in a cup of boiling water and steep for 4–5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and keep the liquid in the fridge to chill it. Add wheat germ or vitamin E oil. Add the chilled liquid to a spray bottle and spray twice a way. Keep the chilled left over tea liquid in the fridge.
For oily skin: To 200 ml of distilled water or mineral water, you may add 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil.
For normal to dry skin: To 200 ml distilled water or mineral water, add 5 drops of Rose Essential Oil and half teaspoon pure glycerin.

For acne prone skin: To 100 ml distilled water or mineral water, add 3 to 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil.

Keep the spray bottle in the fridge.

For problem skin: If your skin is prone to pimples and acne, use a facial spray containing tulsi (basil) or mint. Crush mint or tulsi leaves and add them to 2 cups hot water. Allow the leaves to steep in the water for an hour. Cool and strain the water. Put it in a spray bottle and store in the refrigerator.

Different ingredients can be steeped in hot water, cooled and then strained and used in a similar way. Among these are lemon and orange peels, lemon or orange slices, grapefruit, aloe vera juice. Store the liquid in a refrigerator.