Apple Cider Vinegar Toner


I’ve been using this simple, cheap, and natural, toner about 5 years now.  In some respects, Apple Cider Vinegar is kind of a miracle liquid; it has astringent, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties and can balance the ph of our skin, even skin tone, minimize the appearance of pores, decrease oil, and help with acne.  All this without ANY chemicals.   My personal experience is that it worked wonders for my acne, and really just became my go to face product in the morning and evening or before applying makeup.  Oh, and did I mention how cheap and simple it is?

How sensitize your skin is will determine how many parts of water you use to ACV.  If you have really sensitize skin, start with a ratio of 3-4 parts water to 1 part ACV.  I have very sensitize skin but was able to work my tolerance up to a half and half ratio.  To determine what the right ratio is for you to start out with, will just take a little bit of experimentation.  Mix up a small amount and apply it to your face with a cotton ball and see how it feels.   Some tingling in the skin is normal, but if it is an unbearable amount or if it causes excess redness, increase the amount of water.  You be the judge.

The best kind of ACV to buy is organic with the “mother” in it. Think a brand like Braggs, (although there are more cost effective alternatives to Braggs that are still good quality).  Many grocery stores sell vinegar that is disguised to look like the real thing, but if you read the fine print, is actually just white vinegar with apple cider added to it.  That is the stuff you want to avoid because its fake, fake, fake.

To store, you can keep it in a small mason jar as pictured, or for convenient travel, in a flip top bottle. Anything works really, and you can keep it in your bathroom since it does not require refrigeration.

To use, put on a cotton ball or pour some directly into your hands and apply all over your face and neck, avoiding your eyes.  It will take approximately 5 minutes for it to dry completely.  When I was really struggling with acne I would apply first thing in the morning, before I went to bed, and a few times in-between if I was at home.  It really worked wonders in clearing up my skin.  Now, I use it an average of a couple of times per week (though recently I’ve been slacking a bit)

Many people are obviously concerned about the smell, but don’t worry, you won’t walk around all day smelling like ACV.  Of course it does smell when you initially put it on, but that goes away as soon as it absorbs into you skin.


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