Apple cider vinegar is a staple in my household. It’s used in meal recipes, cleaning products and my favorite — cosmetic recipes.
I recently read an article about how so many people put lotions and other topical items on their skin. But should you really be putting anything you can’t eat on your skin?
Think about it. When you eat something, the food or beverage goes through lots of filtration systems in your body — like your liver. But when you put something on your skin, it just absorbs straight into your system with no filtration to get rid of the chemicals and other things you don’t need.
Now, I don’t know how true that is (since I’m not a scientist), but it made a lot of sense to me. We are so willing to rub all these chemicals into our hands, but we would never think about putting them in our mouths.
My facial toner is completely safe to swallow — in fact, it’s just water and apple cider vinegar. Many people, including myself, drink apple cider vinegar for all the health benefits it offers. But this blog isn’t about that. (But now having mentioned it, I should probably do a blog just on all the great things apple cider vinegar can do for you.)
This toner helps tighten pores, balances your skin’s pH level after washing, moisturizes, and prevents and fights acne — which is why I made it to begin with. At the end of August I broke out badly on my forehead — I’m guessing the change in humidity caused my skin to have a panic attack. This toner has cleared up my skin, has my face feeling refreshed and it cost less than $1 to make.
- One part apple cider vinegar — I recommend Bragg’s Organic. I used 2 oz. ($0.63)
- One part water
- Glass container with plastic cap — I reused an old hot sauce bottle. (Originally I used an old herb jar — as you can see in the pictures — that had a metal cap, and the vinegar rusted the metal.)
1. Boil a few ounces of water for 1-2 minutes.
2. While that is boiling, fill the chosen container half-full with apple cider vinegar.
3. Add the water so it is half water, half cider.*
4. Secure lid on container and shake the mixture.
1. Once the mixture is room temperature, it is ready to use.
2. Wash face with cleanser or just steaming water and a wash cloth like I do.
3. Once your face is dry take a cotton ball/pad, place it on the opening and turn the bottle upside down to soak the it.
4. Sweep the cotton ball/pad all over your face, neck and chest (I always make sure I get around my eyes, but be careful not to get it in your eyes — it will sting).
5. Let it dry (it should only take a few seconds).
6. Moisturize with your facial lotion (I use coconut oil).
*Note: Everyone’s skin is different. I use equal parts water and cider, but those with sensitive skin should feel free to dilute the vinegar more by using less cider and more water. Others may not dilute the vinegar at all and use it straight from the bottle. Do what feels right for your skin.