Many different ingredients have been used for skin cleaning and moisturizing throughout the years.
There’s evidence suggesting that some ancient cultures used avocado, palm oil or a combination of olive oil and spices for moisturizing, animal fats and salts for cleansing, and botanical waters and natural astringents for toning the skin.
More recent history reveals that women in the early 1900s were largely using unprocessed milk, lemon juice, witch hazel, and vinegar to make their own skin care products for skin toning and whitening.
The thing with commercial face cleaners is that they are laden with chemicals such as alcohol, astringents, artificial colors and scents, parabens, hydrogenated oils and many more additives that can do more harm than good to your skin.
Skin loses its quality because its pH balance becomes disrupted by a number of factors such as stress, unhealthy diet, inactivity, insufficient water intake. On the other hand, there’s an efficient natural solution for skin cleansing and toning, and it’s a common kitchen ingredient most of us have at home. Namely, apple cider vinegar is a natural acidic toner that’s great for removing excess sebum and impurities from makeup residues that get stuck in your pores.
Why Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a completely natural product obtained from the process of apple fermentation. One of the most health beneficial fruits, apples are abundant in potassium, pectin, malic acid and calcium. The fermentation process only makes the end product more powerful as it contains even more useful acids and enzymes. Some may find using ACV for face cleansing a bit off-putting, but this is the best natural antiseptic agent that effectively treats skin infections and conditions such as acne and eczema.
Using apple cider vinegar facial toner made from raw, unfiltered ACV will not only restore your skin’s pH balance, but also eliminate excess oil and make-up residues. Apart from being an excellent exfoliator, it also lightens sun and age spots, and reduces acne scars.
Best of all, it’s easily available and completely safe for all skin types.
DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner
- Raw, unfiltered ACV
- Distilled water
- Brewed herbal tea
- Hydrosols (rose or orange)
- Essential oils (for example, lavender or tea tree)
- For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part ACV with 4 parts water
- For normal skin: Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water
- For oily skin: Mix 1 part ACV with 1 part water
Important: Regardless of your skin type, don’t forget to do a patch test on your skin to see whether there’s a reaction. Also, you don’t strictly have to follow this ratio. In fact, it’s best to experiment with the ratio in order to find what best suits you skin. In case you find the solution too weak, gradually increase the ACV content, but never exceed the ratio of 1:1.
Store this homemade toner in a glass container and apply topically with a cotton ball. Alternatively, you can store it in a spray bottle and use it to refresh your skin during the day. Make sure you don’t rinse it off after use.
KICK IT UP A NOTCH:
Instead of distilled water, you can brew your favorite organic herbal tea (green tea, for instance). If you go with this option, keep your toner refrigerated.
Add hydrosols in order to make this toner even more effective (1/2 – 1 tsp. for every 8oz). You can also add 2-3 drops (per 8oz) of tea tree essential oil for additional anti-inflammatory effects, or lavender essential oil for a more aromatic, soothing effect.