Tuesday, September 10, 2013

DIY: Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner

Lately I've been uncovering a lot of different uses for apple cider vinegar. It's truly a super food. My latest discovery is using it as a facial toner. I kid you, not! If you're familiar with ACV and are anything like me, then your first thoughts must be... isn't that too acidic for your skin?? Well, when handled properly- no, it isn't.  I've added it to my daily facial cleansing routine for just 2 weeks now and I already see wonderful results on my skin.  The apple cider vinegar toner is something you can make at home to help clear your skin or simply improve your overall complexion.

Benefits of ACV as a Toner:

Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and the main reason people have success with this toner is because of how well it balances the pH levels of our skin.  Without balanced pH levels, we are more prone to excessively dry or oily skin, irritation, and/or breakouts.  Everyone has a protective acid mantle, which is a thin layer of oil, on the outer surface of our skin. Each time we wash our faces or apply a product, we disrupt this natural acid mantle and this is where the apple cider vinegar toner comes to the rescue all while warding off bacteria, shedding dead skin cells, and unblocking pores!

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 c of Apple Cider Vinegar* (Raw or Regular)
  • 1 c of distilled, purified, or spring water
  • Glass or plastic container*
  • Cotton rounds or cotton balls for application
-After mixing the water and ACV, shake well.

*You always want to have 1 part ACV and 2 parts water to be safe. You can test the measurements as you get comfortable. ACV is very strong and can actually burn the skin depending on sensitivity... so always dilute with water.

*As for a container, I use an empty travel sized plastic container, with a squeeze top, to store my toner in (picture on the right).

How to apply:

After washing my face, I squeeze a couple drops of the toner mixture onto a single cotton round and apply it directly to my face. I use as much as I feel I need and so should you. WARNING, this stuff does have an unpleasant smell at first, but once it dries- the scent is gone. Thank goodness. After applying my toner, I follow up with my favorite moisturizer.

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