How to Make a Green Tea Toner

Green tea has anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and antioxidant properties.[1] This means that green tea may be beneficial for a wide-range of skin problems and for your skin’s general health. You can easily make a toner using freshly brewed green tea to gain these benefits. Add optional ingredients to customize your toner and use it twice daily for best results.

[Edit]Ingredients
1 green tea bag or 1 teaspoon (5 g) of loose green tea
of boiling water
of lemon juice (optional)
of honey (optional)
of apple cider vinegar (optional)
of witch hazel (optional)
3-5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
30 drops of tea tree oil (optional)
30 drops of lavender oil (optional)Makes approximately of toner

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Making a Basic Green Tea Toner
Add 1 green tea bag or 1 teaspoon (5 g) of loose green tea to a mug. Use plain green tea and unwrap the bag. Then, place the bag into the mug. If you’re using loose leaf tea, measure out the tea and add it directly to the mug.[2]
You may use regular or organic green tea, if desired.
Pour of boiling water over the tea. Bring the water to a boil in a tea kettle or in the microwave in a microwave safe container. Then, pour the water over the tea.[3]You may use filtered water or tap water.
Steep the tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir the tea bag or leaves around after you first add the water, and then allow the tea to sit undisturbed for the rest of the steeping time.[4]
If needed, you may steep the tea for up to 10 minutes. Since you won’t be drinking it, you don’t have to worry about it becoming bitter.
Transfer the tea to an air-tight container that can hold . If you are using loose green tea leaves, pour the tea through a strainer or coffee filter directly into an air-tight container. If you used a teabag, grasp the string and pull out the teabag. Then, pour the liquid into your container.[5]If you plan to add other ingredients, use an airtight container than can hold or more.
You may also use a small, clean spray bottle to store the green tea toner.[Edit]Adding Optional Ingredients
Add of lemon juice for skin-brightening benefits. Purchase a fresh lemon in a grocery store, cut it in half, and squeeze the juice from it for fresh-squeeze lemon juice. You can also find containers of preserved lemon juice in small plastic bottles in the produce section of many grocery stores, but fresh lemon juice is best. Measure out the lemon juice and add it directly to the container with your green tea. Then, place the lid or cap on the container and shake well to combine the ingredients.[6]Lemon juice helps to brighten your skin tone, so this may be a good option if your skin has been looking dull or if you have age spots.
Pour in of apple cider vinegar for pH balancing effects. You can purchase apple cider vinegar in a grocery store or online. Stir the apple cider vinegar in with the green tea, and then replace the lid on the container.[7]Use regular or raw apple cider vinegar if you prefer.
Apple cider vinegar will help to balance the pH of your skin and gently exfoliate it as well.
Stir in of honey for anti-aging benefits. Make sure to add the honey while the tea is still warm or it may not blend well. You can use regular honey or a special honey, such as manuka honey, for extra anti-aging benefits. Keep stirring until the honey is completely dissolved in the green tea.[8]
Mix in of witch hazel for a stronger astringent. Pour the witch hazel into the jar or spray bottle, replace the cap, and shake the container to combine the ingredients. Witch hazel helps to cleanse your pores and balance the pH of your skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it may help to reduce any redness or puffiness in your face.[9]
You can purchase witch hazel in the first aid section of most drug and grocery stores.
Keep in mind that some types of witch hazel contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin. Check the labels on any witch hazel you purchase to ensure that it’s alcohol-free.
Add 3-5 drops of vitamin E oil to soothe irritated skin. You can purchase vitamin E oil or vitamin E filled capsules in the supplements section of a grocery store. Add the drops or break open a capsule and add it to the container or spray bottle. Replace the lid and shake well before using.[10]This will add moisturizing properties to the toner, so it’s a good option if your skin is dry or sensitive.
Include up to 30 drops of tea tree oil for a natural acne treatment. You can purchase tea tree oil in the beauty supply section of many grocery stores or online. Add the drops and then replace the lid on the jar or spray bottle. Shake well to combine the ingredients.[11]Tea tree oil is a potent ingredient for acne-prone skin.
Don’t use more than the recommended number of drops as this may irritate your skin.
Mix in up to 30 drops of lavender oil for a relaxing scent. Purchase lavender essential oil in a grocery store or online. Add the desired amount of drops to the container, but don’t exceed 30 drops as too much of the oil can irritate your skin. Then, replace the lid and shake well.[12]
Lavender has a calming scent, so this might be a good option to make your facial cleansing routine more relaxing.[Edit]Using Green Tea Toner
Allow the green tea to cool before using it. The tea will be very hot right after you brew it. Allow it to sit at room temperature for 1 hour to ensure that it is no longer hot. To speed up the cooling process, place the container into the refrigerator. It’s safe to use once it is lukewarm or cool.
Store your toner in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The toner will keep longer if you keep it cold, so place the container in your refrigerator. Keeping the toner chilled will also make it feel more refreshing when you use it.[13]
If you don’t want to keep your toner in the refrigerator, plan to make a new batch once every 3 days.
Wash your face before applying the toner. Wet your face with warm water and work a gentle cleanser around your skin with your fingertips. Then, rinse your face thoroughly and pat it dry with a clean, dry towel.
Apply your homemade green tea toner with a cotton ball or spray bottle. If you transferred the toner to a jar or other air-tight container, dip a cotton ball into it and rub the wet cotton ball across your face. Rub the green tea all over your face except for your eyelids. If you are using a spray bottle, just close your eyes and spritz your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin with the green tea toner.[14]Repeat this twice daily after washing your face.
Moisturize your skin as usual after applying the green tea toner. Make sure to apply facial lotion to your skin immediately after using the toner, while your skin is still a little damp. This will help to lock in moisture and make your skin feel soft and supple.[15]Keep in mind that toner is not a substitute for moisturizer, even if you added vitamin E oil to it.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
Mug
Measuring cup and spoons
Air-tight container or small spray bottle
Cotton balls
Funnel (optional)[Edit]References
[Edit]Quick Summary↑ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10926734

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1991 – “Shogun – The Musical” closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
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How to Knit Scrubbies

Scrubbies are small abrasive dishcloths that you can use to clean hard surfaces and dishes. You can knit your own scrubbies using a special type of scrubby yarn or a combination of dishcloth yarn and nylon netting. This is an easy, quick, and useful project for knitters of all levels, so make some scrubbies for yourself and your friends!

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Designing Your Scrubbies
Choose a textured scrubby and/or cotton yarn. A textured scrubby yarn is ideal for making scrubbies, but you can also use a cotton yarn. Try checking online or in your local craft supply store for a textured scrubby yarn. If none is available, then opt for a cotton yarn.[1]
Red Heart has a yarn called Scrubby that is specifically for making scrubbies.
Sugar n’ Cream is a popular type of cotton yarn, but you may use any brand you like.
Get a pair of knitting needles that will work with your yarn. Check the yarn label to determine what type of knitting needles will work best for the yarn you are using. This will help to ensure that you get the best possible results.
For example, a pair of US size 7 to 9 (4.5 to 5.5 mm) knitting needles will work well if you are using a medium-weight scrubby yarn.[2]
Add nylon for extra scrubbing power if desired. If you want extra texture in your scrubbies or if your yarn is not textured, then you can incorporate some nylon into your knitting. Purchase some nylon net and cut it into strands. Then, tie those strands together to make nylon yarn that you can knit into your scrubby.[3]
Check your local craft supply store for nylon net or buy some online.[Edit]Knitting a Simple Scrubby
Hold 2 strands together for a thicker scrubby. If you want a thick durable scrubby, then knit with 2 strands of scrubby yarn at once. Another option is to hold 1 piece of scrubby or nylon yarn and 1 piece of cotton yarn as you knit. However, you may also knit with 1 strand of scrubby or nylon yarn to make your scrubby.
If you are working with a single ball of scrubby yarn, then divide the ball into 2 equal-sized balls before you get started.
If you are using nylon to add texture to the scrubby, the hold 1 strand of nylon yarn with 1 strand of cotton yarn to knit the scrubby.
Make a slipknot. Loop the yarn around your index and ring finger twice, and pinch the intersection of 2 loops (where the loops begin and end). Slip the loops off your fingers while pinching this section, and then bring the second loop over the first loop. Tug on the tail-end of the yarn to tighten the loop slightly. Slide the loop onto your right-hand needle and tug on the tail to tighten it further.[4]This slipknot counts as your first cast on stitch.
Cast on 15 stitches. Loop the yarn over the left-hand needle and insert the right-hand needle into the loop. Yarn over the right-hand needle and pull through to create your second cast on stitch. Keep casting on until you have a total of 15 stitches.[5]If desired, you may cast on more or fewer stitches than 15 to create a different size scrubby.
Knit across the first row. To knit, insert the right-hand needle through the first stitch on the left-hand needle going from front to back. Then, loop the yarn over the end of the right-hand needle and pull this new loop through the old loop, and then let the old loop slide off the end of the left-hand needle.[6]Repeat this sequence all the way to the end of the row.
Turn your work and continue knitting. Switch the right-hand needle with all of the stitches on it to your left hand, and place the empty needle in your right hand. Then, continue knitting across this new row. By turning your work after each row, you will be working in the garter stitch. This stitch has a little stretch and texture to it.[7]
Continue to knit until the scrubby is the desired size. After you finish casting on, knit across the first row and then continue knitting all of the rows until the scrubby is the desired size. A good scrubby size is about , which is roughly 22 rows.[8]You can measure your scrubby when it looks like it is close to the desired size, but you can also just guess. Scrubbies do not need to be perfect since you will just be using them to scrub counters and dishes.
Bind off the last row. To finish your scrubby, you will need to bind off the stitches. Start by knitting the first 2 stitches in the row. Then, use the left-hand needle to lift the first stitch on the right-hand needle over the second stitch. Then, knit 1 and use the left-hand needle to lift the first 1 up and over the second 1 again.[9]Keep doing this to the end of the row to bind off all the stitches.
After binding off the last stitch, tie a knot through it and cut the excess yarn.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
Scrubby yarn
Cotton yarn (optional)
Nylon netting (optional)
Knitting needles in US size 7, 8, or 9 (4.5, 5.0, or 5.5 mm)
Scissors[Edit]References↑ https://www.themakeyourownzone.com/2015/08/knit-scrubbie-pattern-using-red-heart-scrubby-yarn.html

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