How to Prepare Your Own Homemade Astringents

· November 7, 2015
One of the best astringents that exists for people with oily skin is sunflower oil. It helps to reduce oil while at the same time refresh the face.

Astringents have the capacity to renew and give vigor to our skin, as well as to reduce pores, oil on the skin and the look of fatigue. Therefore, if you wish to have a really beautiful and radiant face, do not hesitate to try the following homemade astringents presented below.

Homemade astringent recipes

Astringent from apples

The ingredients necessary for this skin astringent are: ¼ cup of juice from apples, 2 tablespoons of vodka (30 ml or 1 oz) and 2 tablespoons of witch hazel. If you don’t want to use vodka, add two tablespoons more of witch hazel. Mix well and apply with a cotton swab to your face.

Astringent from sage (salvia)

Make an infusion from this plant with a handful of leaves with a cup of boiling water (remember that a cup is about 240 ml or 8 ounces). Let it cool while covered, strain and soak a cotton swab in it that you will use to make small circular movements on the skin. Do not remove it until completely absorbed.


Astringent from lemon

Lemons have many beneficial properties to help remove skin imperfections and at the same time close the pores. You simply have to mix the juice from half a lemon with a little water. Apply with a cotton swab and afterwards, wash with cold water. This is an excellent recipe for men to use after shaving, because it disinfects and protects the skin. It is not advisable to use this trick during the day nor expose the skin to the sun afterward, because lemon has the tendency to stain the skin if exposed to sunlight. It is better to do this treatment at night or on a day that you do not plan to leave the house.

Astringent from cucumber

Cucumber is one of the most used ingredients in cosmetics and beauty products because of its wonderful properties. It is very beneficial for skin health. Cut a few slices of cucumber, as cold as possible (recently taken from the refrigerator) and place on your face. Also place over the eyes. Let it work for half an hour. It is perfect for relaxing after a stressful day.

Astringent from raspberry

Raspberry tea has many advantages that no woman should lose out on. You can buy it in tea bags or even prepare it from a concoction of a few raspberry leaves and fruits. Let it cool, covered, then strain and soak a cotton swab in it. Lightly rub it over your face until it is completely absorbed.


Astringent from peaches

This very delicious fruit is also very good for the health of our skin. You simply cut a piece of fresh fruit and rub it on your face. Let the juice work for about 20 minutes and later wash with warm water. You will enjoy more firmness and softness in just a little time.

Astringent from vinegar

The ingredients for this recipe are 1/8 cup (30 ml or 1 oz) of apple cider vinegar, one aspirin pill and hot water. Mix it all well and afterward soak a cotton swab and wet your face with it. Allow it to dry.

Astringent from papaya

For this recipe you will need a slice of papaya, a tablespoon of rose water (15 ml or ½ oz) and a tablespoon of real honey (25 g or 1 oz). Just like the peach astringent, papaya is a natural exfoliator and at the same time, helps renew the skin. Honey is antiseptic and a great moisturizer; and the rose water slows down skin aging.

Mash the papaya until it has a texture similar to a purée and mix it with the other ingredients. Keep it in the refrigerator and allow it to cool well.  Later apply it with two fingers, twice a day (morning and night) and allow it to work no more than five minutes. Wash with warm water.

Astringent from fruits

The ingredients that you need for this recipe for an astringent for oily skin are a piece of pineapple, half a red apple, five green grapes, four tablespoons of chamomile tea and four tablespoons of rose water. Place the fruits in the blender (only the pineapple should be peeled), add the rose water, mix well and then add the chamomile tea. Later soak a cotton ball and apply it to your face with small circular massages. Let it work for five minutes then remove it with warm water.


Astringent from fruits (another recipe)

The ingredients you will need in this case are four lemons, two oranges, a cucumber, two apples, four tablespoons of white alcohol (64 ml or 2.2 oz) and four tablespoons (60 ml or 2 oz) of rose water. Extract the juice from the citrus fruits, peel the cucumber and the apples. Mix all the fruits in the blender and add the alcohol and rose water. When it becomes a homogenous cream, pour it into a sterilized glass bottle. Place it in the refrigerator for two hours. After this time, shake it and apply it to the skin, letting it sit for 15 minutes and afterward wash with warm water.

Astringent from sunflower oil

This recipe is recommended for people with oily skin. You need a half glass of water (125 ml or 4.2 oz), a half glass of white vinegar and a tablespoon (15 ml or ½ oz) of sunflower oil. Boil the water and add the vinegar along with the oil. Shake well so that it all mixes well. It is perfect to use after a deep cleansing of the skin. This will help to refresh the face and remove oils.


Astringent from mint

Grind one tablespoon of mint leaves in a mortar. Place in a bowl and add a cup (250 ml or 8.5 oz) of boiling water, let it sit for ten minutes and then strain. Apply it to your face once it is cool, using a cotton ball.

Astringent from yarrow

Place 25 grams (1 oz) of yarrow flowers and leaves in a bowl. Pour in a half liter of boiling water. Cover it and let it sit for a few hours. Later strain it and apply it to your face with a cotton swab. The properties of yarrow are similar to those of mint, all excellent for the face.

Astringent from tomatoes


Place 150 grams (5.3 oz) of mature, peeled tomatoes in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, along with 30 grams (1 oz) of glycerin. Apply this to the face as if it were a mask. And now that you have some prepared, you can keep it in the refrigerator, and it’s a great idea to invite over some of your friends for a spa day to make yourselves beautiful.