I don’t own that many skincare products and it’s mostly due to the fact it costs a ton and quite often contains harmful chemicals which I don’t want to be applying on my skin twice a day everyday. I would be lying if I said that all of the products I use are chemical free but I do I try to switch to more natural alternatives when it makes sense. And that’s why I usually end up making my own skincare products at home, including toners.
Most of the face toners contain harsh chemicals such as alcohol, sodium Laureth sulfate or petroleum. These are the ingredients that dry out the skin and keep pores from breathing.
By making your own face toner you know exactly what is inside of the product you are applying on your skin. You are also able to adjust the ingredient ratio according to your skin type and condition, creating a perfect formula that works just for you. And the greatest thing of all is that it’s so easy to make!
You will need:
1 part raw organic apple cider vinegar*
1 part filtered water
Optional: 3-4 drops of essential oil of your choice (I prefer lavender or tea tree)
* If you have sensitive skin, use less vinegar and more water. And if you haven’t used apple cider vinegar on your skin before, apply ready toner to a small patch of your skin to learn how it reacts.
I store my toner in upcycled amber glass spray bottle in the bathroom, next to the other skin care products. I reach for it every morning and night, right after I cleanse my skin. In fact, now toner has become the most exciting part of my skin care routine. I love how extra clean it makes my skin feel without stinging or drying it.
Speaking of application, I like to spray ready toner on a cotton ball and gently swipe it over a clean face and neck (don’t rinse it!). After it dries, I carry on with my moisturizer or oil.
Why apple cider vinegar?
Raw apple cider vinegar is known to have powerful healing compounds, including acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes. Toner made from raw apple cider vinegar helps to balance the natural pH levels of your skin and keeps your skin from becoming too oily or too dry. It also breaks up the bonds between dead skin cells keeping the pores open and breathing. Not to mention that apple cider vinegar can lighten sun spots, and because it’s antiseptic and antibacterial it can improve acne and acne scars.
Applying vinegar based product on the face might feel weird or off-putting especially for those who don’t like vinegary smells. In this case, I would suggest adding essential oils to the mix not only for healing properties but to make the scent more pleasant.