Hey everyone! I want to show you how I make my own facial toner using Apple Cider Vinegar. This is one of the first natural beauty products that I ever made. I still make this often and use it every day! I absolutely love it! I think you will find that this recipe is super easy. It only has 3 ingredients!
If you are more of a visual learner, check out my YouTube video tutorial here: DIY NATURAL TONER USING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.
Dry Skin: 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water
Oily Skin: 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water
Very Oily Skin: 1 part vinegar, 1 part water
The first ingredient is obviously Apple Cider Vinegar. You can find in at your local health food store or in the natural section of your grocery store. Make sure your apple cider vinegar is Raw, Organic, and Unfiltered to get the full benefits. It’s okay if the mother is in it; the mother is the string-like solid in the vinegar, making it more therapeutic. It does not affect the composition or application of the toner.
The reason I love using Apple Cider Vinegar in my daily toner is for all of the wonderful benefits it provides for my skin. Apple Cider Vinegar has anti-bacterial properties which are important in treating breakouts and acne. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which calms the skin and reduces redness. It cleans out and helps reduce the size of your pores, keeping unwanted dirt and toxins from entering. It is also rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acids. These special acids act as a gentle exfoliant by dissolving dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth. They also improve the appearance of acne scars and they lighten sun spots. Alpha Hydroxy Acids also promote firmness by increasing the thickness of deeper layers of the skin.
And possibly the most important benefit of Apple Cider Vinegar for the skin is that it balances the natural pH level of the skin’s acid mantle. Our acid mantle is a combination of sebum, enzymes, perspiration and beneficial bacteria; which acts as a barrier that protects our skin from environmental damage, dehydration, and foreign bacteria. Our acid mantle’s pH level can range anywhere between 4.5 and 6. Often, the cleansers that we use on our skin have a much higher pH. This causes an imbalance and disrupts the effectiveness of our protective barrier, which can result in damage and breakouts. The acids in Apple Cider Vinegar bring that high disruptive pH level back towards our natural levels.
The normal pH level of Apple Cider Vinegar ranges from 2.8 to 4.5. This means you will want to dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar to a gentler pH level that closely resembles that of your skin’s pH level. For this, you will need distilled or filtered water (second ingredient).
The third ingredient is optional. You can add your favourite essential oil for what you feel your skin needs the most. I like to use tea tree oil as it also has anti-bacterial properties. Be sure to follow the proper directions for the specific oil you are choosing.
Finally, you will need a small glass bottle with a cap to hold your toner. You will also need cotton balls (preferably organic) for applying it to your face.
Okay, let’s make the toner.
This toner can be used for all skin types:
If you have dry skin, dilute the apple cider vinegar in more water, perhaps using 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water.
If you tend to have oily skin, try 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water
you can even try equal parts vinegar and water if you feel you have quite oily skin.
Every single person’s skin is different and you know your skin better than anyone. So try a dilution that you think will work best for your skin type. Apply it, first, on a small area under your chin. If you feel it is too strong (maybe you are noticing redness, or feeling a stinging sensation), dilute it more. If you aren’t noticing a difference after a several days of using it, try adding a bit more vinegar until you’ve found a perfect match.
Good Luck with making your new toner and comment below to let me know how it goes!