DIY Extras – ACV Facial Toner

As a follower of many YouTube beauty gurus, I am rather well versed in the language of beauty products; especially anything that is related to skin clearing.

Having clear skin was something I battled with for years. I recently came to the realization that in my case, while I do have oilier-than-average skin, most of my issues came from outside factors. (I was smoking for a few years; right after I quit I moved into an apartment so awful I was constantly stressed; when I moved out of the awful apartment I went back to school full-time while keeping my full-time job.) Now that I’ve graduated and don’t have a huge amount of stress, I’ve noticed an overall improvement. (So for those of you who feel like you can’t obtain clear skin – RELAX.)

But as I previously stated, I do have oily skin, so I’m still susceptible to breakouts. I’ve been using Dermalogica’s special cleansing gel for years and love it, and I’m a huge fan of many of the items from The Body Shop’s tea tree line. But, I am also open to trying new things, so when I ran out of my tea tree toner, I decided to try out the homemade apple cider vinegar toner I’d heard about over the past few months/years.

Apple cider vinegar is popular for loads of things; I use it as a rinse for my hair regularly to make sure all the gunky build-up stays out. (I think it’s also popular for some nasty cleanse, but I wouldn’t know because I am of the belief that most cleanses are AWFUL, TERRIBLE ideas. That’s why we come with kidneys and livers and such – to filter out bad stuff. Also, I don’t want those gross side effects, kthx. ) You can pick it up at any grocery store; I believe mine came from Pathmark, and it was about $5.
Some information and other uses for apple cider vinegar.

ACV has a very strong scent, and it’s not a very pleasant one. I mean, it’s vinegar and fermented apple. I use a 1:6 ratio of water and ACV in my hair rinse, and my hair is smelly until it’s completely dry. But I don’t find it overwhelming, and I’m not sensitive to it, so I have no problem using it. The toner I made uses equal parts water, ACV, and green tea (the latter is used to diffuse the vinegar scent, as well as to take advantage of green tea’s anti-oxidant properties).

I’ve been using this recipe for about a year at this point, and actually recently made my second batch. I noticed no difference in my skin between what I made at home and the tea tree toner that costs $11. I don’t have sensitive skin so the ACV didn’t have a harsh effect on me at any point, but this could be a problem for some people. If that is the case, I’d recommend using a batch with more water/green tea than ACV, and keep trying different ratios until you find something that works for you.