DIY Facial Toner with Apple Cider Vinegar
I started using Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother (ACV) on my face about 2 months ago. I had ACV in my bathroom for using on dark spots and SK’s. (Which I will go into later in this post.) Then one day, I thought, I wonder if this would be good as a toner? I dipped a cotton ball into the jar of vinegar and applied to my face and neck. I was using it straight up and I wondered if it might be too harsh. It tingled and of course smelled like vinegar. The smell goes away really quick. Within 2 weeks, I noticed my skin was becoming more evenly toned. I have a lot of freckles and sun spots on my face and they are starting to even out but my skin was a little dry. I discovered that I should be using part filtered or distilled water and part vinegar.
I decided to look up what other people were doing and found the following recommendations:
– Sensitive Skin – 1 part ACV to 4 parts distilled water
– Normal Skin – 1 part ACV to 2 parts distilled water
– Oily Skin – 1 part ACV to 1 part distilled water.
– Store in a glass container and shake up from time to time.
***You can also you a milder mix for everyday and use a stronger mix once a week.
***Follow up with your normal moisturizer or my wonderful body butter.
Why it works:
Toner made from organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar balances the natural pH of the skin, clears away excess oils and make-up, exfoliates and helps keep skin pores open. It also can lighten sun and age spots, and can improve acne and acne scars.
The ‘mother’ in apple cider vinegar is visible as cloudy strings in the bottom of the bottle and is full of beneficial enzymes, pectin and trace minerals.
Alongside all of the other health benefits of apple, substances like malic acid are formed in the creation of apple cider vinegar, giving it antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties.
The benefits of ACV are amazing and many of them are scientifically proved. Love it!
Side Note about Sk’s:
Seborrheic keratoses or SK’s are common, non-cancerous lesions that grow on the outer layer of the skin and can develop on any part of the body. SK’s usually begin as rough, itchy bumps and can thicken and darken to a brown or black color over time. I had read that ACV might help get rid of these and it does. I applied ACV to the SK everyday for about a month. After a week, it started to heal. Each week it improved. Honestly, I would forget sometimes and this might have sped up the process. For me, it doesn’t seem to remove the SK forever but so far using the ACV as a toner has kept the one on my face at bay.