Herbalist Answers Skincare Qustions: Best Toner and Essential Oils

You may remember the interview I did recently with Victoria Ratmanova, our resident herbalist and natural skin care expert. We received two great follow up questions from our reader Miki in the comments section, and we thought that the questions and answers were so useful, we’d put them in a separate post so that they’re not missed.

Question: Victoria, do you have a suggestion for a skin tonic that isn’t drying? Also wondering if you have a list of essential essential oils to keep around the house?

Answer: Hi Miki! Thank you for your question.

The idea of a toner is to astringe, to close the pores & to tone the skin. I would go for an organic flower water/ hydrolate such as Rose. It is great for all skin types and helps to balance the skin. Adding a few drops of natural moisturizers such as aloe vera/vegetable glycerine/hyaluronic acid or raw honey helps to achieve the required result. P.S. careful with raw honey, some people can be allergic to it.

My top 5 essential oils for use in cosmetics are:

1. Lavender – number one choice to use on minor burns and skin problems. It is calming to the nerves and can assist with depression. It’s a good analgesic for muscular aches as well as rheumatism and arthritis.

2. Neroli- very delicate and suited to more mature skin (over 35!) as it tones the skin and helps to reduce wrinkles. Helps with scars and stretch marks. Neroli balances sebum production so is a great choice for oily skin as well as dry skin.

3. Rose – a very sensual oil, it awakens sense of love and self care . For all skin types but especially helping with dry skin, mature skin, wrinkles and broken capillaries.

4. Frangipani – adds a stunningly beautiful fragrance to skin creams and lotions while being emotionally uplifting. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant skin refreshing properties.

5. Sandalwood – a great oil for rehydrating skin and giving a radiant glow to the skin. Even though it rehydrates dry skin, it also has an astringent effect so tones the skin and makes it firmer. Works well with oily skin, scars, acne and eczema.

Of course, there are more oils with healing properties that I love to use on daily basis,  e.g. frankincense, jasmine, fragonia etc. Every oil has its unique character and property. I always say, make contact with an oil before using it and feel what it can do for you… you’ll be amazed how much more the oil may offer to you personally, beyond a simple description!



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