DIY apple cider vinegar toner

Recipe for CareKate’s homemade ACV Super Toner:

What you’ll need:

• Apple Cider Vinegar

• Clean, empty 8 ounce glass or plastic bottle

• Green Tea

• Distilled water (tap water is okay, but distilled is better!)

• Ylang Ylang essential oil (or any other essential oil of your choice)

• Lemon essential oil (or any other essential oil of your choice)

What you do:

• Fill bottle 1/3 full of ACV (might increase or decrease amount of vinegar to suit your own skin type, add more for oilier skin and less for dry skin.

• Heat 2/3 cup of distilled water and bring to boil, then add 3-4 green tea bags (you want to make the tea solution REALLY strong!!) and let it steep for 30 minutes or longer, then remove teabags. Once the green tea has cooled completely, pour into bottle with ACV (do not fill bottle completely full because you’ll need room to add the Ylang Ylang and Vit-C).

• Add 12 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil and 12 drops of Lemon essential oil to bottle (if your skin-type is not oily, simply add less Y-Y oil or leave it out altogether).

Twice daily, after cleansing face as normal, put some toner on a cotton pad and gently swipe over your face and neck (if you prefer, you can use a spray bottle and spray the toner directly onto your face). Followup with your regular serums and/or moisturizer.

I’m using simple, “grocery-store” ACV (look in the condiment/salad dressing aisle) which costs less than $1.00USD for 16 ounces, but you can buy more ‘exotic’ apple cider vinegars from health food stores, such as Bragg’s Unfiltered ACV.

Likewise, I bought my green tea at the supermarket (make sure you get one that is 100% green tea with no additional ingredients/flavors added), a box of 20 tea bags for around $3.00USD. Distilled water is available at the supermarket in the bottled water aisle for around 75˘ per gallon. Ylang Ylang essential oil is available at health food stores (I got mine at Whole Foods for about $7.99 for an 8- ounce bottle).

Hint: If you’re hoping to find it cheaper on Ebay or something, make sure that the Y-Y oil is stored in an amber or dark-blue glass bottle, because essential oils can be degraded by direct sunlight like from a clear glass bottle.

FYI: You can customize the above recipe to fit your skin’s specific needs simply by adding a couple of drops of the essential oils that are recommended for your skin type. See above for a basic guide to essential oils and their use/benefits in skincare.

Here are some of the benefits of ACV toner:

• helps even out skin tone

• smoothes out your skin’s texture

• helps minimizes the size and appearance of pores

• dries up and reduces redness from breakouts almost over night

• helps regulate oil production

• impart’s to your skin “a radiant glow.”

UPDATED 10.June.05

I apologize if I didn’t make it clear in my ACV toner recipe post that each person can customize the recipe to fit the needs of their own particular skin-type by using the essential oils of their choice. Ylang Ylang oil can be substituted for any other essential oil that you wish, or you don’t have to put any Y-Y oil in your toner at all. I chose to include Ylang Ylang oil and Lemon oil because A) I’ve got seriously oily skin, and B) They smell fantastic and help “cancel” out the (distinctive) smell of the vinegar itself. If you don’t know which essential oils are good for your skin type or skin challenges/problems, see the “Essential Oil Guide for Skin and Hair” previously posted.

The same goes for the green tea. It is not absolutely necessary to include in your toner. You can make a very basic ACV toner just using apple cider vinegar and water in the ratio that works for your skin (i.e.: drier skins would use more water and less ACV, oilier skins would use more ACV and less water, if your skin is normal, you might try half and half). You’re not going to get the ratio exactly right the first time you make it. You’ll have to pour out a smidge of vinegar and add more water, or vice versa, until you get it just right for your particular skin.

I hope this helps clear up the confusion….

UPDATED 21.June.05

For those of you who love the tingle of minty products, try adding 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your next batch of toner (or Dr. H Cleansing Cream or Aspirin Mask). Not only does make your face feel all tingly and clean, but peppermint oil helps treat dull or congested skin and acne, but it also helps reduce inflammation and treat broken capillaries!! I just love it when I can multi-task….

UPDATED 10/21/05 to *delete* Vit-C crystals from list of ingredients.

Also, if you have sensitive skin, try brewing up a very strong batch of *chamomile* tea and use it in lieu of, or in addition to, the green tea. Chamomile is known for it’s soothing and calming properties and I have personally found using a 50-50 mix of green and chamomile tea in my toner helps calm redness and irritation!

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