Hydrosols have a real affinity with the skin.
They are a lovely, refreshing tonic and make a wonderful, nourishing, and healing skin toner.
Hydrosols are by-products of essential oils.
They have many roles on the skin, depending which hydrosol is used.
HYDROSOLS AS SKIN TONER
- Cornflower/Centaurea Cyanus.
This makes a great skin toner for delicate, thin skin.
- Cypress/Cupressus Sempervirens:
This hydrosol works well at helping to control oil production.
It is also great for congested, oily face with large pores.
- Clary Sage/Salvia Sclarea:
This is a great tonic for oily, acneic 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.
Honey suckle is also a great free radical scavenger, so it has some wonderful antioxidant properties.
It is also another hydrosol that works well on acneic 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 a 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 a natural acne treatment, and for those that suffer from papules and pustules.
Used in small amounts, it is also considered good for sensitive skin.
- Ylang Ylang/Cananga odorata var genuina:
Another great hydrosol for oily skin types.
- Yarrow/Achillea Millefolium:
Contains anti-inflammatory calming and balancing properties.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the science of hydrosols, I recommend the book, “Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy“; the perfect book for someone wanting to learn more about the potent properties of hydrosols.
It is really important to note that the quality of the hydrosol is vital; this article does a great job of explaining this.