You can make an Apple Cider Vinegar Toner so easy and without spending much money. Apple Cider Vinegar is readily available in most organic stores and online too. It’s free from harmful chemicals and a natural food product. You can use apple cider vinegar toner to treat acne, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, red marks, large pores, and wrinkles.
It also softens your skin and smooths out (dissolves) skin irregularities.
Why is Apple Cider Vinegar So Effective?
Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which helps keep the surface of your skin free of bacteria. Yet, most people experience wonderful results while using this toner because it balances the skin’s pH. Apple cider vinegar has a pH of 5 (or lower), making it mildly acidic. Your skin has a pH that ranges from 4.5 to 5.5.
To understand why this is important, you should know that if you have gone through puberty, your skin has a thin layer of oil protecting it – and it is called the acid mantle. The acid mantle is protective (mainly against invading bacteria) and functions best when it averages pH 5.5.
Each time you wash your face or slather on a skin care product, you may be disrupting the natural, acidic acid mantle. Many skin care products have very alkaline, or base, pH values (upwards of 8). Have you ever heard anyone talking negatively about the chemical Sodium Laureth Sulfate? Not only is it an additive with questionable safety, but it has a pH reading of 10. SLS is commonly found in skin care products, shampoos and soap products.
In case you still haven’t made the connection between pH and the health of the skin yet -anything with a very high pH can have negative effects. Of course, that is not a given. Because, in most cases, healthy skin will quickly regain the proper pH. But, each time you disturb your acid mantle, you make your skin vulnerable to infections and irritations. As a result of these disruptions, many people begin to experience premature aging, dryness, acne, or other skin inflammations.
Apple cider vinegar toner is especially useful because it restores the skin’s natural pH and helps cure skin irritation and inflammation. It also helps restore the acid mantle, which wards off bacteria and debris on the skin.
How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Apple Cider Vinegar – preferably organic and unpasteurized, cotton balls or pads, and water. The one which is Cloudy and with the Mother is the best.
Step 1: Combine the apple cider vinegar and water. You’ll want to use organic, raw, unprocessed applecider vinegar to reap the full benefits. Most people use a 1:1 dilution ration, meaning the mixture is 50/50. But, apple cider vinegar is an acid, and some people cannot use even a 50/50 concentration, because it is too strong. In that case, it can be diluted to a 1:8 ratio of apple cider vinegar and water, as a starting point. You can easily increase the strength later, when you are sure your skin won’t be adversely affected.
I use it full strength, and I am always amazed by how soft my skin feels afterwards. But, I didn’t start using it right out of the bottle, and I would not recommend that you do, either. At full strength, the fumes do burn my eyes for a little while after I apply it. I just close my eyes and fan my face until the sensation passes.
Also, consider using distilled or bottled water in the toner mixture.
Step 2: Some people like to add green tea, or essential oils to the toner. It helps to mask the smell, and also adds beneficial healing properties. For example, lavender oil is soothing, and tea tree oil is useful in treating acne.
Step 3: Apply to the toner to your face. Put the toner on a cotton pad or cotton ball, and rub it all over your face. Avoid getting any in your eyes, or even in the general vicinity of the eyes. If you get it in your eyes, you’ll know, because it stings. If you get too close to your eyes, the fumes can make your eyes water.
You probably won’t enjoy the smell, even with the addition of essential oils. So, plan on using this toner when you are at home for a few hours, or overnight. If you dilute the toner properly (so there is no skin irritation), you shouldn’t have to rinse it off until showering or bathing.
People say that the smell of vinegar goes away when it is dry, but I’ve never found this to be true. Even when I use an apple cider vinegar rinse in my hair, I am sure to fully rinse it out.
One of the main active ingredients in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. It is a relatively weak acid. Applecider vinegar can burn or sting if applied to open skin, which includes acne or wounds. If you apply it and you notice that it makes your skin look flush or red – you will know that you need to dilute it even more. People with especially sensitive skin may not be able to use this toner, along with people that have allergies to vinegar or apples.
It is a good idea to protect your skin from sun, because this toner can make your skin UV sensitive. To give you a bit of perspective, consider glycolic acid. It can have a pH as low as .06, but most “home use” kits have a pH of about 2.5. In my opinion, this makes apple cider vinegar a far weaker acid, and much safer for a novice to use.
Using Vinegar Internally
Besides putting apple cider vinegar on your skin, many people claim that it does amazing things when taken internally. Start with a small dose, adding ¼ or 1/8 tsp to a glass of water. As time progresses, you will find that the most common dosage is 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per glass of water.
It is usually taken before or during meals, to improve digestion and reduce any stomach discomfort. I don’t add anymore ingredients – I just use apple cider vinegar and water. Many skin conditions are caused by internal imbalances, so it does make sense to treat both the inside and outside of your body with an apple cider vinegar toner.