Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing – for good skin these are very important.
Everybody knows what cleansing is.
What most people don’t know is that cleaning and toning go hand in hand.
Although cleaning to some extend cleans your skin, it isn’t enough to get rid of all the impurities your skin absorbs during the day.
Using a toner helps kill any remaining dirt residue the cleanser couldn’t get to.
It is a necessity for people with oily skin, because it helps shrink the pores, restores your skin’s pH balance, adds a protective layer, and creates the perfect base on which to apply the moisturizer.
- 1 small glass jar with lid
- ¼ cup raw organic apple cider vinegar, with the mother
- 1 tablespoon dried organic mint
- 1 tablespoon dried organic neem leaves
- Small fine strainer
- ½ cup alcohol-free witch hazel/ you can use rose water too
- 2-4 drops pure tea tree essential oil (or sub with Rosehip or Argan for dry skin)
- 1 cup vapor distilled water (if needed)
- Spray bottle
- Vinegar Concentrate
- Take your small glass jar, to this add 1/4th cup Apple cider vinegar and dried herbs.
- Cover tightly with a lid and set for 1-2 weeks to infuse in a cool dark spot.
- Shake the jar every other day so that the ingredients do not settle at the bottom.
- Once the apple cider vinegar is infused thoroughly take another glass container.
- Using this fine strainer transfer the infused vinegar concentrate to the other container.
- Discard dried herbs.
- This toner concentrate mix can be stored in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for several months.
- Take an amber glass spray bottle fill 1/2 of the container with the apple cider vinegar toner concentrate, as noted in the variations below.
- Add equal parts witch hazel or rose water then a few drops of tea tree oil or essential oils of your choice.
- Do a patch test and if you feel it’s still strong dilute further with some distilled water if needed.
- Shake to combine all the ingredients, and shake well before each use.
Depending on your skin type you can customize this toner:
For Sensitive Skin Type
Fill ¼ of your spray bottle with the ACV concentrate, then add equal parts witch hazel/rose water, 1-2 drops tea tree oil, then fill the remaining bottle with water.
Shake to combine all the ingredients, and shake well before each use.
For Combination Skin Type
Fill ⅓ of the spray bottle with the ACV concentrate, then follow with the remaining steps listed above.
For Oily/Acne-prone Skin Type
Fill 1/2 of the spray bottle with the ACV concentrate, then follow with the remaining steps listed above.
After washing your face spray on a cotton pad and swipe across your face.
Let it settle in for a few seconds and then move with the next step in your skincare routine.
This is a toner but this can be used for a few quick hacks:
- Refresh after a training session.
- Wipe face clean with a cotton ball to refresh skin until you can get a full face wash.
- To balance skin after sweating, spray on the underarms too.
- Combining ACV and witch hazel helps balance the skin’s moisture and pH levels.
- That leaves you with skin that is softer, less oily, and more nourished.
- The exfoliation is gentle.
- The fruit acids in the vinegar and the witch hazel’s clarifying qualities all help to gently exfoliate the skin without harsh chemicals.
- Apple Vinegar Vinegar. ACV is perfect for so many internal as well as external uses.
- It helps to exfoliate on the skin and balances the pH of your skin.
- For good reason, this one makes an appearance in the following toner recipe.
- Dried herbs. Dried herbs which also appear in our toner recipe are important for skincare.
- Made of natural anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-viral goodness, several skin issues may be treated.