Interesting Ingredient: Thyme

Next time you head to your local farmers market to stock up on fresh produce and veggies, be sure to pick up several sprigs of thyme as well, especially if you're plagued with acneic skin. Well-known for its medicinal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, this particular herb has proven itself to be quite beneficial for clearing up an oily, clogged complexion.

IF YOUR PROBLEM IS... Aggressive acne.

THEN HERE'S YOUR SOLUTION... Try a detoxifying thyme toner; it disinfects your pores and obliterates pimple-causing bacteria. (And it won't irritate your skin like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid might!)

Of course you could purchase one, like the Evan Healy Lemon Thyme Facial Tonic Hydrosol ($26.95) or the Pangea Organics Argentinean Tangerine & Thyme Facial Toner ($26), or you could simply make your own.

You'll need:

-Fresh thyme
-Organic apple cider vinegar
-A small tupperware container
-A funnel
-A fine mist spray bottle

Here's how you do it:

1) Pour a half cup of apple cider vinegar into the tupperware container and heat it in the microwave for sixty seconds.

2) Break off a bunch of thyme leaves (about three tablespoons) to add to the vinegar and tightly cover the tupperware container to allow the herbs to steep for an hour. 

3) Once it's cooled, carefully remove the herbs with a spoon and use the funnel to pour the potent but gentle-on-your-skin liquid into the fine mist spray bottle.

4) Store it in a dark, cool place, like your medicine cabinet or even the refrigerator. Mist your DIY thyme tonic on your face twice daily after cleansing but before moisturizing. (Be sure to make a fresh batch every four weeks!)
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