Quick disclaimer: This post is a little different to what I usually do but, as someone who suffers from acne-prone skin, natural skincare and beauty regimens are something I am incredibly passionate about. I am not a dermatologist, nor have I studied anything skin or beauty related (business & language nerd here!), but after a lot of research and trailing many products, I’ve finally found something that works for me. So if this helps just one person on their journey to health, natural remedies and clear skin then this post will be worth it!
Over the last few months, I’ve upped my skin-care game. I’ve gone from using mostly synthesised, store-bought products to using almost 100% natural ingredients on my face. From using coconut oil to remove my make-up to honey as a facemask and using rosehip oil as a night-time serum, my skin has not only visibly reaped the benefits, but my bank balance too! I have saved a FORTUNE simply by putting foods in my kitchen on my face!
I’ll be honest with you. I’ve always known that I should be toning daily, but I never took it seriously. Over the years I have gone through stages of obsessively toning my skin after cleansing but once my toner ran out, I would often go months without repurchasing it. I mean, it’s the step between cleansing and moisturising. If it’s the middle step, surely it can’t be that important. WRONG. Not toning is like taking the cake out of the oven 20 minutes before it’s finished baking! I never really understood the reasoning behind toning until I read Caroline Hirons’ Cheat Sheet to Toners. That woman is a genius when it comes to skin! Reading her cheat-sheet was a life-changing, light-bulb moment.
Toning is important because…
- It balances the ph level of the skin. This basically means that toning gets your skin to that optimum level between oily and dry
- It exfoliates the skin (acid) in an unabrasive manner (i.e no harsh scrubs!)
- It hydrates the skin by acting as a humectant – something that attracts moisture from the air and traps it in the top layers of the skin.
- It aids with the absorption of products put on top of it – so your skin products can actually do what they’re supposed to do.
For a more in-depth explanation of toning (and the myths that many of us grew up hearing) check out Caroline Hiron’s cheat sheet on toning.
Since I’ve started toning my skin daily with my homemade toner I’ve experienced less active breakouts, my pigmentation is fading and my skin looks more radiant. I rarely experience dry skin anymore. My skin is the smoothest and most clear it has been in about 5 years. And all because of this one change I’ve made to my routine.
So please, step into my kitchen and allow me to show you how to make my holy-grail skin care product – Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner.
The ingredients are simple and all found in your kitchen or medicine cabinet.
You will need:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Tea Tree Oil (optional)
Aloe Vera Pup(s) (optional)
And then mix/blend them all together!
The amount of each ingredient will vary according to your skin type. I use one part Apple Cider Binegar (ACV) to two parts water because that works for my skin (I have normal to combination type skin). If you have more sensitive skin, you should dilute the AVC with more water. But as a general rule, the guidelines below should help (Source: Coconuts & Kettlebells)
For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water
For normal skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water
For oily skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water
You might have to play around with the ratio of your ACV: Water for a bit, but once you find the ratio that works best for your skin, I promise you it will be worth it!
ACV + WATER = A GREAT ACIDIC TONER
I find that adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil (for it’s antiseptic properties) and the gel of one large aloe vera pup (for it’s hydrating and moisturising properties) works really well. It does not leave my skin feeling dry after using it, but fresh, soft and hydrated. I add 5 drops of tea tree oil to every one part of water, and a nice LARGE pup of aloe vera to balance out the drying acidic properties of the ACV! Using my Nutribullet, I blend everything together and pour into a little pretty bottle with a cork top.
Best. Toner. Ever.
Do you tone religiously or see it as a meaningless stage in your skin-care routine? If you’ve tried any other natural skin-care remedies/concoctions that have worked for you please let me know – if it’s good enough to put inside my body, than it’s good enough to put on my face!
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