The main ingredient of this toner is of course, apple cider vinegar. I suggest using raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar for this, like this one below for example.
If you have difficulty acquiring the raw(unpasteurised) unfiltered kind, you can get the regular(pasteurised) filtered kind, like Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar. Just make sure that it’s not the distilled or flavoured kind, like apple cider flavoured distilled vinegar. Save the distilled vinegar for washing windows. Read the ingredients list to be sure. It should only have apple and water as its ingredients. Also, be sure that the vinegar has at least 5% acidity.
I use a homemade herbal vinegar made from my choice of herb and apple cider vinegar for this toner. I will post the guide for making herbal vinegar later.
If you don’t have time to make herbal vinegar, just use the non-herbal kind, like those I mentioned above.
The benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar when applied topically are:
- It is rich in Alpha Hydroxy acids (AHAs) which help dissolve fatty deposits on the skin, which appear as little flakes or dry patches
- Helps balance the PH of your skin
- Because of the high amount of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) it contains, apple cider vinegar can also help lighten sun and age spots
- Wonderful spot treatment for blemishes
Now, for the recipe,
What do you need?
- (herbal) apple cider vinegar
- purified/filtered/distilled water (do not use tap water), OR, hydrosols of your choice. Read more on hydrosol here.
- 1 or 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerine (a bit more for dry skin). Read more on glycerine here.
- a glass bottle with non-metal cap/lid. (Metal lids/caps rust when exposed to vinegar. Metal lids with that smooth lining seem to be ok, but will rust if the lining is scratched.)
- 1 or 2 drops of essential oil of your choice. Read more on what essential oils to use here.
How to do it?
- To start, dilute 1 part of vinegar with 3 parts of water/hydrosol (vinegar : water = 1 : 3) in a bottle, then add other ingredients to the mix.
- Mix them thoroughly by shaking the bottle vigorously.
- Try a small amount on your neck to make sure your skin is not too sensitive. Leave it on for 15 minutes. If you don’t see any bad reaction, then you’re good to go.
- If you feel it is too strong, increase the amount of water/hydrosol ratio, then shake again.
- When not using, store in a fridge.
How to use it?
As facial toner:
- Wet a clean facial cotton pad/ball with the solution, then sweep gently all over your face and neck, avoiding eye areas. Follow up with your favourite moisturizer.
As spot treatment for acne:
- Using a clean cotton ball or q-tip, dab the solution onto the affected area. This should be repeated 2-3 times a day until the acne clears.
- It’s best to clean the affected area before applying a new layer of the solution.
- Only use this at night or when you’re indoor a lot. Don’t apply this before any long outdoor activity under the sun. AHA works best without influence from UV rays.