January 28, 2008

Do-it-yourself astringent lotions

Astringent lotions are more suitable for persons with oily or greasy skin and acne-prone skin. Astringent over-usage should be avoided, say the dermatologists, as it is not a good way to help normal skin exfoliate. It you do use it, don’t take your cotton pad and go over it until the cotton pad is clean. That’s overdoing it – it just irritates the skin and removes the protective layer that helps to keep the water in the skin and you will end up with dry, irritated skin. So just go over it lightly.woman applying astringent with cotton pad

Help yourself to some of these do-it-yourself astringent lotions if yours is an extremely oily or greasy skin with a tendency to develop pimples.

Rose astringent lotion

Rose petals 100 gms
Distilled water 2 cups
Sodium benzoate -a pinch


Boil the water and soak the rose petals in it. Then mix sodium benzoate in the mixture. Apply with cotton pads.

Sandalwood astringent lotion


Sandalwood oil – 7-8 tbsp
Sodium bicarbonate - 2 tsp
Almond oil - 2 tsp
Rose water - 4 tbsp
Orange oil - 4 tbsp
Honey - 1 tbsp


Mix all these ingredients well and apply with cotton pads.

Lemon astringent lotion


Lemon juice 5 tbsp
Distilled water 15 tbsp
Tincture of benzoin 1 tbsp


Mix all the ingredients together and use with a cotton pad.

Witch hazel astringent lotion


Rose water 1 cup
Witch hazel 2 tbsp
Tincture of benzoin – 1 tbsp


Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Apply on face and neck with a cotton swab. Keep the excess in the refrigerator for future use.

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