Hydrosols have a real affinity with the skin.
They are wonderfully refreshing and make a nourishing, and healing skin toner.
Benefits of hydrosols
- Cornflower/Centaurea Cyanus.
This makes a great skin toner for delicate, thin skin.
- Cypress/Cupressus Sempervirens:
This hydrosol is every balancing, it works really well at helping to control oil production.
It is also great for a congested, oily face with large pores.
- Clary Sage/Salvia Sclarea:
This is a great tonic for oily, acne skin. Clary sage can also be used in hair formulas, as a treatment for dandruff.
- Helichrysum/Helichrysum Italicum:
This is a wonderful anti-inflammatory.
- Honeysuckle/Lonicera Japonica:
This is a little-known hydrosol that has a great affinity with the skin. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties.
Honeysuckle is also a great free radical scavenger, so it has some wonderful antioxidant properties.
It is also another hydrosol that works well on acne skin.
- Melissa/Melissa Officinalis:
This hydrosol can also be used as a soothing skin toner, helping to calm even the most sensitive skin.
- Neroli/Citrus Aurantium:
A lovely anti-ageing ingredient, it is gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of skin types.
- Roman Chamomile/Chamaemelum Nobile:
Another wonderful anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant.
Chamomile is a natural skin toner, helping to calm and instantly diffuse red, sensitised skin.
- Rose/Rosa Centifolia:
This is a good all-rounder and can help to control oil on the skin, which is due to its astringent properties.
- Peppermint/Mentha Piperita:
This is one of those hydrosols that has great astringent properties.
It is very cooling and antiseptic, which is why it makes a great ingredient for foot formulas.
- Rosemary/Rosmarinus officinalis:
This is perfect for oily skin types with open pores – it gets to work instantly with a deep cleansing action.
- Rose geranium/Pelargonium Graveeolens:
Another good anti-inflammatory on the skin.
- Rose/Rosa spp:
This is a lovely balancing oil; in my opinion, it is the best skin toner for helping to hydrate dull, tired skin types.
The perfect ingredient for mature skin due to its healing, restorative nature.
- Sandalwood/Santalum Album:
A lovely, nourishing hydrosol for mature skin, helping to preserve the skin cells. Perfect for stressed-out skin.
- Witch Hazel/Hamamelis Virginiana:
This is an astringent hydrosol and considered the best skin toner for oily skin types in large amounts.
It can be used as part of natural acne treatment and for those that suffer from papules and pustules. used in small amounts, it is also considered good for acne inflammation and sensitive skin.
- Ylang Ylang/Cananga odorata var genuina:
Another great hydrosol for a combination or oily skin type.
- Yarrow/Achillea Millefolium:
This contains anti-inflammatory calming and balancing properties.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the science of hydrosols, I recommend this article it does a great job of explaining how to establish the quality of hydrosols and is ideal for someone wanting to learn more about their potent properties.