Today I am sharing a recipe for natural toner! There is something special about making your own skincare products, especially from minimal and unprocessed ingredients. It is nice to know that everything you use on your body would be safe to eat. You would think that by switching to such products that you would be compromising some benefits but my experience has been just the opposite. My skin is better than ever, even than when I had cupboards full of products.
The only products that can even compete with the results of my current skincare routine are Dermalogica. However, considering that those products are expensive and many of them rate at a 7/10 for toxins on ewg.com, it isn’t a price I am willing to pay. I was also using 4 Dermalogica products and am currently only using two natural ones.
This natural toner is super easy and can be made with just one ingredient: apple cider vinegar diluted with water. Apple cider vinegar is a by-product of fermented apples. You can make your own, but it is also very easy to find in shops. Just make sure it comes in dark glass, is organic, raw/unpasteurized, and with “the mother.”
Apple cider vinegar is somewhat exfoliating because it dissolves dead skin cells. It is also a great alpha hydroxy acid. How much you need to dilute it before applying it to your face depends on your skin type. 1 parts ACV to 4 parts water is good for sensitive skin or those who are just starting out. You can try a 1:3 or 1:2 ratio for normal to oily skin. You can even do a 1:1 ration but you should never go stronger than that.
If you want to get fancy, instead of diluting the apple cider vinegar with water you can use witch hazel, rosewater, aloe vera juice, or fresh tea. Chamomile and green tea are two popular choices. Just make sure that with brewed tea or other water-based formulas that your solution doesn’t go bad. Try making small batches, keeping it in the fridge, or considering adding a natural preservative like vitamin e, rosemary, grapefruit seed extract. Either way, it is always a good idea to sterilize your glass containers in boiling water before you refill them.
If you are looking to make this tonic moisturizing as well, you can also add no more than 1 tsp of 100% pure vegetable glycerine per 100 mL of toner. Glycerine is a humectant so it attracts water. Some people use it alone to make a spray moisturizer, but I like to add it to my toner to save a step.
As with most homemade products, you can also consider adding some essential oils. Don’t use more than a 1% dilution (roughly 6 drops per ounce of carrier oil) as a maximum dilution. Make sure you look up the profile of each oil you want to use though when considering dosing. Make sure you are using 100% pure and organic essential oils if possible.
For acne: 4 drops tea tree oil + 4 drops lavender essential oil
For scar healing: 5 drops frankincense essential oil
For calming: 5 drops chamomile essential oil
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