For gorgeous skin, head to the kitchen and grab some apple cider vinegar!
Apple cider vinegar promotes blood circulation. It is also a natural antiseptic, preventing infection. When used as a toner, it reduces the swelling that comes with acne and helps dry the affected area.
Apple cider vinegar acne treatments work because ACV is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). It can dissolve excessive fatty deposits at the surface of the skin and reduce scaly or peeling conditions.
Cider vinegar, being applied as a toner after cleansing, regulates the pH of the skin (which is also acidic at pH 5.5) as cleansers are usually alkaline.
ACV also improves hyperpigmentation.
To make the toner you will need:
- A small amber glass bottle. (I use an empty witch hazel bottle.)
- Apple cider vinegar (unfiltered)
- Cooled green tea (any brand)/distilled water
Green tea contains a cocktail of potent antioxidants called catechins, which help fight damage caused by free radicals.
Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts of green tea/distilled water. Use a cotton pad and apply this mixture all over the face, then seal your skin with a moisturizer.
Be warned; some find the smell of ACV too strong! If you are sensitive to the smell of apple cider vinegar, green tea can help mask the smell. I don’t mind the smell so sometimes I make the toner with just distilled water.
This is a natural, chemical and preservative free toner which can be used for all skin types. Also, as it’s preservative free, I make mine on a weekly basis and keep it in a cool, dark place.
I hope this helps!