Recipes for cider vinegar based toners

One of the best toners ever is apple cider vinegar. It gives almost instant effects, it's cheap & easy to make and can be customised in a hundred ways to serve your skin type !

Apple cider vinegar:

  • Restores the acidic balance of the skin, 
  • Controls oiliness and acne: away with greasy shine !
  • Boosts circulation: the skin starts glowing !
  • Smoothes and softens skin
  • Minimises pores
  • Cleanses. Helps to deal with whiteheads and blackheads.
  • Deals with redness caused by breakouts

What you need to know:

* What kind of cider vinegar should you use ?
It's quite important that it must be organic ! This is vera very important ! Regular cider vinegar usually gives worse results.
Look for gunk floating at the bottom, that shows that the vinegar is unrefined and unfiltered.
You can also make your own vinegar: wash apples, don't peel, just cut into pieces. Put into a sterilised jar. Mix water with sugar (1 tsp sugar to 1 litre) and pour over apples until they are covered. Cover jar with a gauze, and keep in a warm place. After 4 weeks, pour through a sieve and pour into a bottle.

* The smell:
Ah yes. It does smell a bit vinegary, although not strongly. If it bothers you, either add essential oils, or try lemon juice instead.

* For which skin type is the cider vinegar toner ?
For all skin types. Drier and more sensitive skins should use a lower strength (see below). You can customise it to serve your specific skin type by adding essential oils.

* Toner strength, aka vinegar to water ratio:
This depends on your skin type. Anything from 1:10 to 1:1 (vinegar to water) may be right for you. I suggest starting with a lower strength to avoid irritating the skin, and gradually work your way up. If you have problems with capillaries on the face, or have a dry or very sensitive skin, avoid high concentrations.

* Why am I breaking out after this ?
Your skin is detoxing, the impurities are coming out. It should clear out within a few days.

* It's not working !
If you do not see any effects in a few days, try a more concentrated solution.

* My skin is all red and itchy !
I told you to start with a low concentration ! Add more water next time.

* How long does this toner keep ?
Just vinegar with water & essential oils keeps forever. Anything with perishable ingredients such as green tea, lemon, vit-c, etc keeps up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
It's best to use sterilised containers made from dark glass.

* Basic apple cider vinegar toner recipe *

Easy, cheap and effective. You can customise this basic recipe in many ways !
You will need:
  • Water: preferably distilled
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: organic, unrefined and unfiltered (there should be dark stuff swimming at the bottom of the bottle).
  • Add 5ml vinegar to 100ml water. This is a low-strength diluted toner.
  • Store in a fridge


Apple cider vinegar toner with essential oils

Essential oils not only hide the vinegary smell, they customise your toner to be more moisturising, cleansing or soothing -- whatever your skin needs ! Here is a list of essential oils and their properties. Don't forget to choose something that you like the smell of !
You can mix essential oils, but I don't recommend using more than 2 or 3 at a time.
You will need:
  • Water: preferably distilled
  • Essential oil: make sure it is 100% pure and not diluted, and that it is an "essential oil", not a perfume or an essence.
  • Coffee filter: brown, not bleached white
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Organic, unrefined, unfiltered.
  • Heat 100ml water. 
  • When hot, add 1 to 5 drops of essential oil. For your first attempt, better to add just a drop or two.
  • Shake well, pour through the coffee filter.
  • Cool, with a lid on.
  • Add vinegar (see basic recipe)


* Apple cider vinegar toner with green tea *

Green tea is a powerful antioxidant. Coupled with vit-C and essential oils, this toner is a power-kick, especially for oily skin with impurities !
You will need:
  • Water: preferably distilled
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Organic, unrefined, unfiltered.
  • Green Tea: there must be no additional ingredients or flavours !
  • Vit-C (lyscorbic acid) powder or crystals (optional)
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil (optional)
  • Lemon essential oil (optional)
  • Heat 2/3 cups of water. Do not boil !!!
  • Add 3-4 green tea bags. Steep for 30 mins or more.
  • Remove tea bags, and allow tea to cool completely.
  • Add Ylang-Ylang and/or lemon: 25 drops for oily skin, otherwise less.
  • Add one level teasponn Vit-C. Shake well to dissolve. 
  • Shake well before using !


Lavender-Arnica vinegar toner

Takes longer to prepare, but is very cleansing and gives great effects !
Do not use any other cleansers along with this !

You will need:
  • 1 lit of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ts of lavender flowers
  • 1 ts arnica flowers
  • water
  • Put flowers into vinegar.
  • Keep in a lighted spot for 2 weeks. Tell curious friends that you are brewing an evil aphrodisiac potion.
  • Shake twice a day. Mix a bit with water and clean face.

Stop the greasy shine 
     and bring on the glow ! 
And if you love these toners, 
     you must let me know !
Basia Kwiatowska

Photo via Beauty in Everything

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