I am fed up with my skin changing all of the time. My skin goes through a lot of stress daily, from different makeup products to traveling with recycled plane air (Yuck!) to being in and out of the sun… and not to mention the POLLUTION in Los Angeles. It’s been especially bad this month because I had a job in Germany where they had to dye my hair and the whole process gave me a chemical burn all around my hairline and face…and then that turned into a staph infection between the eyes. YAY antibiotics 🙁 I also have been battling the life ruining cheek breakout…Yes you know the one. The kind of under-the-skin bumps that are popping up in a cluster on your cheeks but have nothing inside them except your pure hatred and agony. Ive tried everything… Cleansing twice a day with all of my recommended serums, moisturizers, and tea tree oil…lemon juice…toothpaste. Ugh! Then when all seemed lost, I came across this Free People Blog Post about the wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar. I had already been interested in this age-old product that tons of people swear by for cleaning counters, balancing your digestive system, and clearing skin, but that article really convinced me. I’m happy to say that after ONE week of using this homemade toner, my skin is clearing up. It has made my skin super soft and balanced. But I will warn you. You will smell like salad dressing for a few minutes after using this toner. But hey, for the sake of clear skin, I think its worth it. It will go away after you apply your moisturizers and whatnot, so maybe use this first thing in the morning so that by the time you have to leave the house, the smell has dissipated!
The good news is that I’ve decided to share the recipe with you and explain the health and beauty benefits of using Apple Cider Vinegar!! As FP Julie stated on Bldg25’s blog post, she has been battling the same problem as I have with no results, until she tried using the toner. After 3 weeks, her skin had cleared up and had stayed clear through PMS!! Whaaaat? Ok now I just had to try it.
She really explains it the best:
“What is it? Also known as ACV, apple cider vinegar is golden-hued vinegar made from apple cider, or apple must. In order to be converted to its vinegar counterpart, apple cider undergoes a double fermentation process. The process is begun by adding yeast and beneficial bacteria to the liquid squeezed from apples (cider/must), which converts the sugars within to alcohol. In the second fermentation process, acetobacter, or acetic acid-forming bacteria, is added to turn the alcohol to vinegar. Organic and unpasteurized ACV, which is the most beneficial, contains traces of the “mother of vinegar”, a substance composed of cellulose and acetic acid that appears as a web-like sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Similar in both appearance and benefit to the mother of kombucha, the mother of vinegar contains all the good stuff, like enzymes and probiotics, which is why you always want to choose an organic and unfiltered option, such as Braggs. And while ACV is great in a salad and in your morning tonic, ACV’s benefits for skin and hair are impressive in their own right.” (Bldg25.com)
As if you needed any more convincing… you may be wondering the benefits of using this as toner. Well, it all comes down to pH. The ideal pH level of your skin is a 5.5, but when your skin’s pH levels are off, it causes bacteria to be able to grow faster and have a hayday on your face. This can happen from, what do ya know? Pollution. Stress. Diet. Not Washing your face….it goes on and on. By applying the apple cider vinegar to your face, it balances your skin’s pH level..and as she states in her post, “Applying ACV to skin, either as a wash or toner, kills bacteria, prevents breakouts, and regulates the production of sebum. Additionally, the alpha hydroxy acids present in ACV help to clear away dead skin cells, may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and can help to lighten age spots and scars”.
So now that you’re totally convinced and need to get this toner ASAP. Here is the recipe!
You will need:
ORGANIC Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine equal parts water and ACV in glass spray bottle. Shake well before use. Lightly mist face (avoiding eye area) specifically in your T-zone and problem areas. Use toner after cleansing and before applying serum and moisturizer.
There you go! Happy toning! 🙂