I've made a few different beauty products out of grapefruit, like this clarifying hair rinse and this body scrub, but I haven't made anything yet that I would be using everyday. Well, until now that I've made toner. There are two ways to make it and they're both really simple. I've used one or both of these for a couple of weeks now. I started with the strips, just the cut up grapefruit rind and I rubbed it on my face. Specifically under my eyes for brightening. I go on and on about vitamin C in skincare, but really it's the best thing I've used ever for skin care. I've also been learning a bit more about the importance of electrolytes for keeping skin hydrated and balanced. Since grapefruit is high in both vitamin C and the electrolyte, potassium, it's really great for skin. There is one concern to note, the citric acid can make skin more sensitive to the sun, but I personally haven't had too much trouble with that and I have super fair skin, but it's worth keeping an eye on it. If your makeup has some sunscreen in it, you should be fine.
"Grapefruit contains natural acids that cleanse then skin as well as vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant to protect the skin and quercitin which improves circulation. Also, grapefruit is high in potassium which supports cellular cleansing and helps tighten and tone the skin." I got that bit from Dr. Axe. I noticed the pore tightening in my own skin, but it's nice to have a professional confirmation before you throw it out into the world, but yeah, tightening, toning and brightening have been the themes of this homemade toner. All of that from what's left of your grapefruit. I'm pretty impressed with all it can do. It's also not sticky at all, because there's no juice, but it does smell great, like grapefruit juice.
- Take the rind of about 1/2 of a grapefruit and cut it into strips.
- Wet the inside (the white side) and rub the peel on your face.
- Follow with moisturizer.
These strips are going to need to be kept in the fridge until they're ready to use.
- Boil 4 cups of distilled water. Distilled is best because it has the least chance of bacterial growth over time.
- After the water has boiled, remove it from the heat and add the grapefruit peel with a tight fitting lid.
- Let it infuse for a minimum of 15 minutes. I let mine go way longer, at least 3 hours on a window sill.
- You have the option to strain out the pieces of the peel, or not. Just remember any part of the peel that stays above the water will mold. So remove any pieces that aren't submerged.
- I've stored mine on the counter for 2 weeks now with no sign of any trouble, but if you want to be safe, store it in the fridge.
- All you do to use it is apply it with a cotton swab.
- Follow with moisturizer.