After the mask is taken off with warm water, you should tone and refresh skin and pores with a skin tonic. Of course you could use one of the excellent tonics available in the shops, but why not finish off with a make-it-yourself tonic too?
For normal skin
250g (8oz) of witch-hazel 1/2 tsp of alum (from chemist)
For dry skin
1 cup of distilled water
2 tsp of alum
1 drop of mint extract (make by boiling up 2 hand-fuls of mint and straining the juice through muslin)
Mix them together. Keep in an airtight bottle in the refrigerator. Use over the face on damp cotton wool.
Mix together. Keep in the refrigerator. Use over the face on damp cotton wool.
Keep your skin tonic in the refrigerator for two reasons: first, it lasts longer; secondly, when your skin is hot, perspiring or flushed, it feels fabulously refreshing.
Don’t attempt to keep it longer than three months.