See You Later, Acne: Natural Astringent

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A wake up call for unruly skin. Even if you had perfect, blemish-free skin as a teenager, those pregnancy hormones can still do a number on your face. Fortunately, this fresh and fruity, Vitamin C-enriched astringent can zap even the most persistent pimples. After you’ve extracted the juice from one half of a grapefruit for this recipe, broil the other half under the grill for a few minutes and then drizzle with a little honey for a sweet and tart breakfast treat. That way, you’ll be enjoying the powerful antioxidant properties of the grapefruit’s vitamin C, inside and out.

2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
3 tablespoons witch-hazel
1 tablespoon alcohol

Mix ingredients by shaking together in a clean jar. Then, apply the tonic to your face with a cotton ball using upward strokes. You can store the tonic in a clean, covered jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

By Stacy Denney, founder of Barefoot & Pregnant


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