BIY: A Cooling Cucumber-Citrus Face Mist
For the ultimate refresh
Just a handful of soothing ingredients can offer a big hydration boost. Calendula has anti-inflammatory properties to relieve redness; aloe has been renowned since Ancient Egypt as a magic healing salve; and cucumber is the quintessence of cool. Mix in a little sweet orange water—a staple in every Moroccan kitchen—for skin brightening and a crisp, uplifting citrus aroma. This little face mist calms your complexion in an instant, feels like sea spray from the Mediterranean Sea and suddenly makes you crave a clean, green salad. So many wins.
Brew calendula tea using tea bags or fresh or dried calendula flowers. Set aside 2 tablespoons to cool. Ice the rest and drink it.
Place cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped, in a blender and purée on high for about 1 minute.
Line a bowl with cheesecloth. Pour cucumber purée into the cheesecloth to strain. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth to create a closed pouch, and squeeze 2 tablespoons cucumber water into the bowl.
Freeze leftover cucumber purée in ice cube trays to use as a cooling eye treatment later, or as ice cubes for drinking water.
Transfer cucumber water to a 4-ounce glass spray bottle, and add sweet orange water, aloe leaf juice, and cooled calendula tea. Close the cap. Shake the bottle before each use, and store in the fridge up to 1 week. Spritz on anytime your complexion needs to chill.