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Soothing Cucumber & Coconut Milk Skin Toner

Soothing Cucumber, Coconut & Milk Skin Toner

Soothing Cucumber, Coconut & Milk Skin Toner

Cleanse and Tone, That Old Chestnut ~

Ever since I can remember those two words "Cleanse and Tone" were part of everyday reading, speaking and doing not only twice a day religiously but applying the practice what you preach to the letter in my daily work routine as a Beauty Therapist, Make-Up Artist, Cosmetics Manager or Trainer, it was a way of life.

Here I look to the past, kicked it up a gear or two and come up with a fresh ingredient based toner for normal to dry skin types. Designed to remove the last traces of cleanser or residue from the skin while stimulating the pores and refining the skin texture, making it more receptive to further treatments.

Make This Matching Cleanser

Coconut Benefits

coconut meat, milk and water

coconut meat, milk and water

Coconut Water

fresh from the young green coconut

fresh from the young green coconut

Coconut Water ~

The watery liquid has been referred to as the most natural liquid second only to water.

Found in the young coconuts it is a most popular drink within tropical countries including Indonesia, The Philippines, India, Brazil and The Caribbean where it grows in abundance.

Nothing can be fresher or more appealing on a hot humid day than stopping at a street vendor in any of these places, having a young green coconut cracked open in front you, full of this magical water.

It naturally helps replace lost electrolytes through perspiration keeping the body hydrated. Such is its value it now comes in canned, bottled or carton forms.

Loaded with essential nutrients, it is also a good source of B-complex vitamins including riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, folates and pyridoxines.

This healthy nutritious drink also has hidden benefits for the skin including being rich in vitamin C, enzymes, amino acids, fibre and minerals including magnesium, potassium and manganese.

It contains cytokinins which are said to have anti-ageing benefits on the skin giving a more youthful appearance.

Spots, pimples, acne, eczema, cellulite and wrinkles may all be improved by incorporating coconut water into your skin care regime as a face toner.

Shredded Coconut or Dessicated Coconut

Homemade Coconut Milk by Om Paramapoonya ~

Homemade Coconut Milk

follow Om's easy method of extracting milk from the meat of coconut

follow Om's easy method of extracting milk from the meat of coconut

Coconut Milk ~

Used fresh or canned, coconut milk is a must for dry skins. With a list of health benefits that seems to cover every possible ailment or condition it is no wonder the coconut palm tree is heralded as The Tree of Life by the Pacific Islanders.

Nearly one third of the world’s population relies on the coconut in some form for its food and for their economy.

They believe this fruit of the tropics to be a valuable source of food and medicine. Coconut milk along with the meat, water, oil, husk and bark of the tree have many uses.

With it’s high fat content, minerals and nutrients, coconut milk benefits to the skin include:

  • Anti-ageing, it helps delay the formation of new lines and wrinkles, age spots and promotes increased skin elasticity.
  • Softens and smooths skin relieving dryness and flaking of skin.
  • Calms down any irritated skin and redness.
  • With anti-bacterial properties it helps heal the skin.
  • Helps balance the normal Ph level of the skin.
  • Helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays of the sun.
  • Reduces symptoms of dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.

Coconut Milk Ideas

  • Coconut Milk and Hyssop Facial Mask Recipe
    This cleansing, clarifying face mask uses French Green Clay, the herb Hyssop and Coconut Milk. It is designed to draw out impurities, toxins and grime from the pores while leaving the skin hydrated.
  • Homemade Shampoo Using Coconut Milk and Castile Soap
    Make your own homemade signature shampoo using 2 basic ingredients, coconut milk and castile soap. If you ever wanted to make your own hair shampoo, look no further for a cheap and versatile recipe.

The Cucumber Flower

even cucumbers have flowers

even cucumbers have flowers

More Cucumber Skin Care

  • 5 DIY Cooling Face and Body Sprays
    Be a cool dude during the summer months by whipping up one of these easy DIY face and body sprays. Something for everyone using refreshing and cooling ingredients from the kitchen for all occasions.
  • Cucumber and Aloe Vera Eye Gel Recipe
    Here is a quick, easy and inexpensive eye gel recipe you can whip up in your own kitchen using cucumber and aloe vera gel. Say goodbye to under eye puffiness, dark circles, dehydrated skin and more.
  • Homemade Cucumber Face Wash Recipe
    A homemade cucumber face wash is easy to make and much more beneficial to your skin than store bought varieties. Here is a face wash recipe that is cost effective, chemical free and suitable for all ages, sexes and skin types thanks to the wonderful

Cucumber ~

The natural skin hydrator, cucumber has a definite place in our health and skin care.

Known for it’s cooling effect on the skin it helps eliminate dark circles under the eyes, thanks to it containing vitamin K, associated with shrinking capillaries.

It reduces any puffiness around the eye area and plump out fine lines and wrinkles giving a refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance thanks to it being over 90% water. Who can say no to those benefits?

The juice in cucumber helps clean the complexion and pores reducing the likelihood of pimples and blackheads forming.

Cucumber can significantly reduce the redness and soreness associated from sunburn and the vitamin c and manganese present in cucumbers helps the collagen knit together and so aid wounds to heal.

Slices of Cucumber

the natural instant lift to tired eyes

the natural instant lift to tired eyes

soothing-cucumber-coconut-milk-skin-toner
  • How to Make Cucumber Spa Water
    Ever thought of making your own cucumber water? Here I show you how easy it is to improve simple tap water by introducing cucumber, lemon and mint to make a highly flavoured and beneficial spa water. Read on for benefits of the ingredients and more.

Cucumber Toner ~

8-10 slices of cucumber

1/4 cup coconut milk or milk

1/4 cup coconut water

Recycled glass jar with lid

Blender

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients into the blender and mix to a light smooth liquid.
  • Transfer your toner into the glass jar and secure with an airtight lid.
  • Store this in the refrigerator for up to a week and use twice a day.

To Apply:

  • Dampen a piece of cotton wool with the toner and wipe all over the face and neck area.
  • Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse the face with tepid water.
  • Do a final splash with cold water and pat the skin dry with a towel.
  • Apply your regular serum and moisturizer.

Coconut Palm Tree

Serms & Moisturizers ~

  • How to Moisturize Your Skin Effectively
    Tips on how to moisturize your skin effectively with a guide to the skin types and how to identify them. No matter what your type of skin it needs a moisturizer or hydrating cream and protecting daily.
  • Homemade Signature Face Moisturizers
    Making your very own signature moisturizer is made simple here. With 4 ingredients beeswax, carrier oil, floral water and essential oil, you choose the best ones suited to your skins type and needs.
  • Olive Oil Moisturizer Recipe
    Did you know Virgin Olive Oil as a skin moisturizer is one of the best moisturizers and natural skin care products you can use? Used by Mediterranean women for thousands of years, find out how beneficial this wonder product is for your skin.
  • Homemade Eye Cream With Coconut Oil and Vitamin E
    Making a homemade eye cream that is beneficial to the delicate skin around the eye is made easy here with 2 ingredients. Coconut Oil and Vitamin E are packed with reasons to use in an eye cream recipe.
  • Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
    Sunscreen is a must for us all and making your own homemade one is easier than you may realize. Many natural oils and butters contain SPF which make homemade recipes a natural choice free of chemicals
  • Rejuvenating Under-Eye Serum
    Who needs botox or eye lifts when we have natures very own rejuvenating oils readily available? Here is a simple, no nonsense homemade eye serum using 3 oil ingredients; Baobab, Jojoba and Carrot.
  • Anti-Aging Serum with Vitamin C and Camu Camu
    This is a fresh potent recipe to make your own anti-aging serum which will rival commercial brands. Rich in Vitamin C it includes Camu Camu from the Amazonian Rainforest which is a superfood for skin.

Skin Hydration

Dry skin is lacking moisture and often dehydrated

Dry skin is lacking moisture and often dehydrated

Skin Tonic or Toner

make your own affordable toner from fresh ingredients

make your own affordable toner from fresh ingredients

Toner Tips ~

Use organic cucumbers if possible to eliminate pesticide residue as much as possible.

Some alternatives to coconut milk are to use milk, soya milk, rosewater, chamomile, rose or cucumber hydrosol (flower water).

Instead of the coconut water use distilled water, rosewater or any of the hydrosols mentioned above.

If you want to stay true to the fresh ingredient idea then why not blend some apples, pears and cucumber together and put through a strainer to get a juice to use and combine it with cucumber and coconut milk for a skin toner

Food for Thought . . . .

The idea of this recipe is to use fresh ingredients for maximum nutritional benefits to the skin. A toner that is skin type specific designed to work with a matching cleanser to streamline your personal regime preferences.

Homemade skin care solutions have evolved since ancient times, with documented evidence recognising the wonderful benefits plants bring us.

I hope you will join me in taking control of what we are putting on our skins and ultimately into our bodies. Apart from the health benefits, making your own beauty products costs way less than the equivalent in a branded product without a doubt.

All things considered, it's a "no brainer" for me, how about you?

Rose Petals

Rosewater is easily made at home by using fragrant rose petals

Rosewater is easily made at home by using fragrant rose petals

Homemade Skin Toners ~

  • Easy Homemade Face Toners and Tonics
    Face toners or tonics go hand in hand with cleansers and moisturizers history dictates to us. Here are 4 easily made recipes for creating your own homemade, inexpensive and beneficial face toners.
  • Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash Recipe
    Making a rosewater and lemon face wash takes no time to make and will give you wonderful rejuvenated skin. You may also want to make your own rosewater using rose petals so read on for a face wash recipe and how to make your own rosewater.
  • Homemade Facial
    If you have ever had a facial you will know how relaxed it makes you feel. Your skin is glowing and feels soft and supple. Doing a homemade facial is equally beneficial and easy to do with recipes.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Soothing Cucumber, Coconut & Milk Skin Toner Comments

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 13, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

Bill is priceless with his comments for sure! LOL I was thinking of you with your coconuts in the garden, how lucky you are to have a regular supply when at home in the Philippines! i am sure you will love this one when you get a chance to make it,cheers so much for your interest and support in votes and pinning my friend!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on August 12, 2013:

Bills comment got me LOL. I can imagine my eyes tape with cucumber while walking around the house.

I will certainly try to make this toner. I still have my selfmade rosewater waiting to be used. With regards to using the coconut milk, I love to make this toner when I´m home again. I can´t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned for later use.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 12, 2013:

Hi starbright,

Many thanks for your visit and comment, good to see you enjoyed this fresh recipe!

Lucy Jones from Scandinavia on August 11, 2013:

Good ideas that really work. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 10, 2013:

Hi Saloca,

Thanks so much for checking this out I see you are a fan of natural ingredients and your green tea article was excellent! Hope you enjoy this. Certain commercial brands are too astringent and can have the opposite desired effect on the skin. I have an oil/combination cleanser and then a toner which may be useful for your skin type. Cheers for your interest and comments!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 10, 2013:

Hi Jasvinderpaul,

Good to hear you enjoyed this, appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

Sarah Campbell from Liverpool, UK on August 09, 2013:

Great idea! I will have to give this a go and see how it works! I havn't used a toner in years as it was making my oily skin worse, but something so natural is at least worth a try!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 09, 2013:

Hi Sue,

Thanks for your visit and comment, always so great having you in my corner! Coconut has so many fantastic benefits as you know, lemon juice is another great one for bleaching those age spots. I have noticed them appearing on different parts like the hands and forehead now. Cheers for the votes, sharing and pins as always you are a terrific support!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 09, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Cheers my good buddy for taking time to read and comment, always a pleasure to have your support. I am enjoying this path and so glad I decided to go this route. Appreciate your thoughtful comments, I always try to include interesting, relevant info with photos to match. Thanks as always for your interest, votes, sharing and pins.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 09, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Coconut is a wonder for the skin so no surprise you were hooked! LOL Delighted you enjoyed this recipe, appreciate as always your comments!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 09, 2013:

Hi ladyeonne,

Many thanks for such an enthusiastic interest, so very much appreciated! I have a few eye treatment recipes you may enjoy. An eye cream, an eye gel and an eye serum, all gorgeous (of course!) and easy to make. Hope you enjoy trying this toner and the cleanser out, thanks for commenting, votes and sharing!

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on August 08, 2013:

I love the smell of coconut. I didn't know it was good for keeping age spots at bay though. Voted up, shared and pinned.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on August 08, 2013:

This one sounds good enough to eat also. I do love coconut. I really must say Suzie you have this niche and the format down perfect. Beautiful photo selection and the content is always easy to follow and clear and concise. I hope you are starting to reap the rewards of your hard work. Well done. Voted up, shares, and pinned.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 08, 2013:

You had me at coconut! This sounds so refreshing. Thanks for the detailed information about each ingredient and about skin toners.

Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on August 08, 2013:

Wow! I am sold on your natural products for cleansing and toning the skin. I plan to try both your recipes as soon as I can get to the stores for shopping. I also plan to search your hub site for dark circles under the eyes removal. Voted up and useful and shared. Thanks!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 08, 2013:

Hi Janet,

As with Sha, there is an oily skin one on the way for both cleanser and toner, working on it now! cucumber juice and witch hazel or water as a quick fix toner would be good or with lemon juice.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 08, 2013:

Hi KKeelor,

So good to have you visit and comment, glad you found it interesting and hope to give it a try out.. How exotic that you spent time in Costa Rica, I would love to visit there sometime!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 08, 2013:

Hi Sha,

YES I do and a cleanser and then a toner on the way for oily / combination skins. Working on cleanser as I write to you! Sounds like you need some serious cooling down! Cucumber juice on its own mixed with some water, chilled and spayed on the skin is extremely refreshing and hydrating at the same time for a quick fix that works! Thanks so much for checking this out and oily skin on the way!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 08, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Ah well when you are pooped ad tired of reading that's just the way of it! Delighted you took time to comment be it next morning or next month, having you read my work is reward enough. My magic potion for your symptoms presented/ THE LOVE OF A GOOD WOMAN CALLED BEV! The results are there to see already even if you don't see them!! LOL

Failing that, yep tape those cucumbers to the face and off you go! LOL

Hope you had a good productive day at the helm of the empire, cheers again my good friend!

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on August 08, 2013:

Yes, I have the same problem with oily skin. Is there a possibility to change some of the ingredients in this wonderful recipe so that it can be used for an oily skin?

Forrest and Kim Keelor Parker from Charleston, SC on August 08, 2013:

This is excellent! Love the photo of the Pipa - fresh green coconuts which I learned to love in Costa Rica. I am going to try your recommendations. But I want to eat the ingredients!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 08, 2013:

This sounds so refreshing, Suzi. Do you have a toner recipe for oily skin? Unfortunately, menopause hasn't affected the fact that you could fry an egg on my face by the end of the day. Ha ha.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 08, 2013:

I saw this pop up last night around nine but just had no desire to read another hub....so here I am bright and early, before customers, visiting my favorite beauty consultant.

What can you do for me, Suzy? I'm aging and falling apart at the seams. Do you have some magical mixture that will hold me together and erase 64 years of hard living? I think not!

How about if I just tape some cucumbers to my face and walk around?

I really do have work to do. Have a great day and as always, super job with your niche.

bill

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 08, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

Good timing then?! LOL This is a lovely toner for soothing and toning the skin after cleansing and if you feel your skin needs a refresher during the day. Decided to try a few fresh recipes without some of the essential oils and waxes, just for a change! LOL

Cheers for all your great support it is always valued highly!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 08, 2013:

Hi Carol,

Cheers, glad you enjoyed the simplicity in this. I am working on the combination/oily versions now for both cleanser and toner and then a few pumpkin ones I think! Sorry if overloading you! LOL heading to my brother's moblie home this Sat for overnight by the beach, can't wait. The break will do us all good!! It is about 90 mins away by the sea and my dad is heading too and we all will be having a bar -b -que and chilling. Sea will be cold but may just take a dip!! Cheers for all the support, pinning and sharing!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 08, 2013:

Hi Chitrangada,

Thanks so much for taking time to comment on this, glad you enjoyed it! Cucumbers are wonderful to use for the skin and our health. Cheers for voting and for pinning this!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on August 08, 2013:

I read this just in time to put the ingredients on my shopping list!

Thanks for sharing this wonderful toner recipe with us. I love that it matches the cleanser one you made already!

Have a wonderful day.

~ Kathryn

carol stanley from Arizona on August 08, 2013:

This is really easy and I just may have to include in my book. I am thinking of expanding more of these wonderful beauty solutions. You are truly amazing and As I have said many times I look forward to the next one. Pinning and sharing this around.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 07, 2013:

Wow! Your pictures are awesome. And the hub as always is so well done and interesting information provided by you about cucumber.

Thanks for sharing! Voted up and pinned!

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