I'm not much of a girlie girl. Always a tomboy. I've never taken very good care of my skin either. Lots of acne in high school and a dreaded combination skin type that I've never really figured out how to deal with made me give up hope for quite some time. I never thought I'd figure it out.
Then about 5 years ago I was wandering around The Body Shop and came across their Tea Tree Oil line. I had a lot of success for a couple years but eventually they stopped working so well. I was originally drawn to it because as a kid my grandmother used Tea Tree Oil instead of Calamine lotion when my brother and I had chicken pox. It didn't necessarily help with the itching a ton but it completely prevented scarring and healed (in what I seem to recall) more quickly than normal. So I decided to give it a try as a facial product.
I've seen lots of DIYs with witch hazel as a natural astringent and knowing that my skin doesn't have any reactions to Tea Tree Oil - I decided to make my own.
- Tea Tree Oil
- Witch Hazel
- Empty plastic or decorative bottle (mine were purchased at my local Michael's craft store)
- Cotton Balls
I prefer my mixture to be a bit stronger since the oil also acts as a cleaner. Depending on the size of your bottle you shouldn't use more than 1 TBSP of tea tree oil in your mix. A good place to start is 1 TSP per 1/2 cup of witch hazel. Be sure to always shake it like a polaroid picture before each use!
This is such a simple DIY project that has truly wonderful effects. Be sure to always do a skin test on new oils before applying to large areas of skin. The best place is the inside of your elbow where the skin is thin and you can monitor it for 36 hrs. Enjoy!
Do you have any great beauty DIY projects? I'm always on the look out! Leave a comment to your favorite beauty tricks and let me know if you've given this project a try!
Abe hung out while I worked on the project. Don't worry, he's only looks grumpy :)