DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of those super-hero ingredients that deserves far more recognition than it gets. Its benefits have been touted throughout the ages, though only recently has there been a more mainstream acceptance of the benefits of using ACV for beauty and health care. Yes, apple cider vinegar makes a great salad dressing, but did you know that it can help treat acne and pimples, age-spots and myriad other health and beauty issues when used topically or internally?
Recently, I started to make my own apple cider vinegar facial toner (see below for directions) and upon using, noticed an immediate improvement in my skin. The wintery weather, stress, hormones and who knows what else had been playing havoc with my skin, but with the first application of the ACV toner my complexion appeared brighter, skin tightened and pimples calmed; almost a return to ground zero of how my skin should be.
For the purposes of making your own apple cider vinegar toner, you’ll want to get hold of a bottle of organic raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’: that’s the murky substance the sits at the bottom of the bottle. When it comes to ACV, the uglier looking, the better! That’s because the ‘mother’ contains a living mixture of beneficial bacteria, minerals and enzymes.
Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which when used as a toner, helps protect skin from harmful bacteria and pollution and most importantly works to restore the natural pH balance of your skin.
As well as being a super-tonic in your toner, apple cider vinegar can be used as a hair rinse, to treat cellulite, aid digestion and weight loss, soothe burns and clean stained fingernails. Wow! Talk about a mulit-purpose wonder ingredient!
DIY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FACIAL TONER
Filtered water (tap water is also OK)
Glass or plastic bottle, to store the toner
- In a clean bottle, mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part water.
- Before using, shake well to ensure the ‘mother’ gets mixed in.
Store toner in a cupboard, out of direct sunlight. Apply to skin using a cotton ball/pad as you would a store-bought toner, avoiding the eyes. Let the toner dry and then apply your regular moisturiser and sunscreen on top. It’s as simply as that! And whilst there is a vinegar smell when applying the toner, this will soon dissipate and not be noticeable once your moisturiser and other skincare products are applied.
G'DAY GIRL TIPS
Start small - When using a new skincare product such as ACV toner for the first time, please be cautious. Don't be tempted to use apple cider vinegar straight, without diluting with water - it's far too acidic. Start small to ensure your skin does not have an adverse reaction - this can be done by applying to a small patch of skin only to ensure there is no irritation. You may also like to just apply at night time and then increase the frequency to morning and night.
Get creative - Feel free to play around with the ratio of apple cider vinegar to water. If you find that your skin becomes irritated, add more water to the mix. You can also add other ingredients to the toner such as witch hazel, aloe vera or green tea.
Be sun-smart - ACV toner can increase sensitivity to ultra-violet rays, so if applying in the morning, be sure to wear sunscreen.
Back it up - ACV toner can also be used on other parts of the body that are prone to breakouts, such as your back. Applying with a spray bottle can be handy for those hard to reach areas!
Have you added apple cider vinegar toner to your beauty regimen? Let us know in the comments below!