Apple cider vinegar – specifically the raw, organic, unfiltered kind – is an amazing natural remedy. People have been using it to reap many health and beauty benefits, by either ingesting or applying topically on the skin. Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial and also has anti-inflammatory properties (one reason it’s great for overall health!).
I’ve recently begun to use it, combined with filtered water and essential oils, as an all natural facial toner – and I am loving the results!
Most commercial skin toner contains alcohol, salicylic acid, perfumes, artificial colors, and other additives. I prefer to use simple products, made with a handful of ingredients that I can pronounce and know what they are without referencing a chemistry book glossary.
Homemade apple cider vinegar toner is also a lot more affordable than your typical store-bought brands. A 32-oz bottle of Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar runs about $5 at the grocery store – that will make a lot of skin toner! Plus, it is an item in your pantry that can be used for many applications – salad dressings, ease digestion issues, use in homemade bone broths, etc.
Apple cider vinegar, although acidic, helps to regulate the pH balance of the skin. It’s an excellent toner for all skin types. For acne-prone or oily skin, it helps calm breakouts and reduces redness. For dry or normal skin, it exfoliates and reduces wrinkles.
I also add therapeutic grade essential oils* to my facial toner. Lavender essential oil is wonderful for the skin, it is very soothing and the scent helps overcome the vinegary-ness of the apple cider vinegar. I also add Geranium essential oil, well-known for supporting healthy skin and circulation – it’s great for maintaining good blood flow under the skin to keep skin healthy and glowing.
All Natural Facial Toner
- 1/3 part Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2/3 part filtered water
- 3 drops Lavender essential oil
- 3 drops Geranium essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a 2 oz glass bottle, apply with a cotton ball morning and night.
If you have very oily or acne-prone skin, you can increase the ratio to 1/2 part vinegar to 1/2 part water.
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