It’s time for another recipe straight from our Cosmetic Kitchen… a pineapple toner! This refreshing toner is to be used twice a day after cleansing and before applying your moisturizer. I was kind of shocked that it only called for three ingredients, but Mama Simona assured me that this toner contains an active and powerful enzyme that softens, whitens, brightens, heals, fades acne scarring, and cleanses the skin by dissolving dead skin cells. Wow. Plus, it’s gentle enough for all skin types!
1 cup water
1 vitamin C tablet
1 tsp pure pineapple juice
step three: once cooled, add pineapple juice and mix well
(I transferred the mixture into a bottle for easy access)
step four: cleanse your face and pat dry with towel
step five: shake mixture well, dampen a cotton ball or pad with toner and gently swipe in an outwards direction (avoid eye area)
step six: follow with your moisturizer and don’t forget the sun protection!
As this uses fresh ingredients, store this at the bottom of your fridge to make it last longer.
Sun protection is super important when Vitamin C is involved in your skincare! 2011 Sephora PRO Beauty Makeup Artist and BMC Makeup Grad, Sherry Chen, highly recommends Clarins UV Plus SPF 40 sunscreen which can double up as a makeup primer (especially for humid places), and B Kamins Sunbar SPF 30 sunscreen – a great Canadian product that is oil and fragrance free and is super lightweight.
First of all, it’s important to know that the sole purpose of the skin is to act as a shield against environmental pollution. Even though cleansers remove the impurities in your skin, they make the skin’s pH go whacko (making it more alkaline). Toner helps balance the pH of the skin to bring it back and happy towards neutral/slightly acidic, which is the skin’s happiest environment to act as a barrier against all sorts of environmental pollution. Toners are especially beneficial for those with acne-prone, combination skin.
The vitamin C acts to produce collagen which brightens the skin and fades discolourations. Sun spots, freckles, and acne scarring, be gone! In modern skincare, you will often find vitamin C in conjunction with vitamin E to make a great anti-oxidant serum that protects the skin from UV radiation and environmental aging. However, it is important to note that vitamin C makes the skin photosensitive so you must make sure that you always wear sunblock on top of your moisturizer or use mineral makeup with spf protection.
The pineapple is a powerful enzymatic ingredient that helps the other ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin to remove dead skin cells and enhance elasticity and resilience. It is a common ingredient found in cleansers and in enzymatic peels.
Mama Simona always stresses the importance of a toner in every skincare regime to complete the cleansing process. “It is important to use the correct toner for your skin type and condition. For sensitive skin, the toner should not contain alcohol, fragrance, and other irritants. For skin with acne or combination skin, a toner is a must to balance the pH of your skin and to stop the skin from producing excess oil while also protecting the skin.”
Try this recipe with our natural and gentle facial milk cleansers!
Enjoy and have a great weekend!