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Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to make your own awesome 100% natural facial toner with Apple Cider Vinegar

Yet another idea I picked up from Make Up Alley! (Have I ever told you guys how awesome this website is?). Read about MUA’s take on Apple Cider Vinegar here.

Importance of using a toner: 

So I have oily skin and toner is a must. Even people with other skin types should also incorporate a toner in their daily skin care regime as well. Here is why.
  1. Oily skin produces too much oil as it is. When you wash your face, it changes the ph balance of your skin thus leads to even more oil. The more you wash, the more oil it will produce. Sounds counter-productive, I know, but this is how it is. This is why toner is so important. It restores the ph balance of your skin, and the oil production will be back to normal again. It will be extremely helpful for people with oily skin who suffers from regular breakouts, acne, pimples etc.
  2. Same principle applies for people with other skin types. Yes your skin may not get oily due to the change of ph balance but the ph balance changes nevertheless. And that can be dangerous for your skin. The more you age, the more hard it gets for your skin to restore the ph balance regularly. So if you are in your early 30s, start using a toner already! (link
  3. Disturbed ph level is one of the main reasons for fine lines and wrinkles. Use toner to avoid them and ensure healthier looking skin
  4. When you are using a face wash/gel/cleansing milk/ soap to wash your face, it will leave a small amount of residue on your face. A toner will take care of these residues. So whatever your skin type is, if you are experiencing breakout, rash, redness after you wash your skin, try a toner. 
  5. Toners play an important role in cell turnover process
  6. It will help with the application of other product. Applying moisturizer or anything else after toner is way easier and will most definitely ensure better absorption. (link)
So now that you know the importance of using a toner, start using one. You can opt for any commercially produced toner. You can also make your own homemade do-it-yourself facial toner using apple cider vinegar.

Why use apple cider vinegar:

So you already know the benefits of using a facial toner. Now, if you use this DIY apple cider vinegar as your toner you will get even more added benefits. For example:
  • It is all natural, so you are not putting who-knows-what chemicals on your skin. (Ever heard of paraben?) 
  • Apple cider vinger or ACV is slightly acidic in natural. So along with restoring your ph balance, it will also serve as an AHA (Alpha Hydrochloric acid) face masks. That is, regular use will ensure a brighter and even looking skin. 
  • This toner does wonder but sun burns. If your face is tanned due to sun, it will remove it with time. I am speaking from personal experience
  • It will also fade different kind of light scars
  • Due to having Alpha Hydrochloric acid and Amino Acid, it will help to exfoliate dead skin
  • It will help preventing skin breakouts, pimples and acne
  • It really helps to minimize the pores. I can personally vouch that.
 Sounds too good to be true, right? I assure you its not, just visit these links if you are still skeptical

So now that you know all about toners and apple cider toners lets proceed with how you can make one. 

Step-1: Get an apple cider vinegar. Duh.  I am using Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar but really, any apple cider vinegar will do. If you can find an organic one, it will be best.

Step-2: You will also need pure edible water. The quantity will depend on your skin type. Do not use mineral water though, just plain Distilled water.

Take out your measuring cup. Make sure both your water and apple cider vinegar is in room temperature.

If you have oily skin, take one part apple cider vinegar and one part water.

Or: if you have normal or mixed skin take one part apple cider vinegar and two part water

Or: or if you have dry or sensitive skin take one part apple cider vinegar and three part water.

Step- 3: Put it in a spray bottle. Shake well before use. Your home made miracle toner is ready to use.

Alternatively you can substitute the plain water with witch hazel, rose water, green tea etc if you want to.

This toner will keep for at least one month. So do not make a big batch. Before you go ahead and put this on your skin, do a patch test on your feet first.  If no allergic reaction whatsoever go ahead and start using it .

In case you need help on how to use a toner, here are some videos.

 So if you want to save some money and save your face some questionable chemicals give this homemade apple cider vinegar a go. You will not regret it. And let me know if you have any question or comment.
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  1. Why use distilled water and not mineral water?

  2. I am a teenager with blackheads prone skin mostly on my cheeks(ugh those black little holes) and I have oily/combination skin.i want to use this toner to keep them at bay.and when I suppose to wear this though?can it be used daily for two times a day?morning and night.i usually exposed by the sun in the morning and afternoon.does this increases my skin sensitivity if use this toner?