It seems like I haven’t done a DIY in a while. So here is one, for a toner which I have been using for 7-8 months!
Before I go ahead with the DIY itself, let me first discuss what a toner does. A surprising number of people don’t know what a toner is or what it does. So info first!
A toner is an astringent liquid used on skin to clean away dirt and oil, tighten the pores and achieve fresh looking skin. It is usually applied after a cleanser. Cleanser opens the pores and cleans the dirt. When you follow that step with a toner, which cleans the skin further and closes the pores, you are good to go. You can then follow it with a moisturizer. Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize (CTM) is the motto you gotta hold in your heart and practice every day, for better and beautiful skin!
Usually the toners available in the market contains alcohol which can be really drying on the skin. So a DIY toner is perfect, according to me 🙂
Now onto the DIY and will discuss more info later:
You will need:
1) Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – Our skin is acidic. All the times that we wash our face, put products on it, go outside etc, the acidic mantle is disturbed and our skin becomes alkaline. When it’s acidic (normally) our skin can battle against those nasty bacteria in the atmosphere, protect it from infections and shed dead skin cells, thus revealing a new layer of skin. However, when it leans towards the alkaline side, skin becomes dull and prone to infection thus leading to breaking out (Who doesn’t hate acne yeah?). ACV is acidic, anti bacterial, antiseptic and full of antioxidants. Using ACV to make this toner, helps not only in sloughing off the dead skin cells on our skin but also in restoring the ph levels of our skin.
I use the brand American Garden. I believe it’s AED7 for a 946ml bottle.
2) Water (Drinking water/distilled water. Not tap water!) – It helps dilute ACV, because it cannot be applied on it’s own.
3) Measuring cup
4) A spray bottle – I use this small spray bottle from The Face Shop. It’s AED12. I have seen such handy bottles also at Daiso (for AED7) and Sephora (AED30 for such a bottle plus other small handy containers, in a pack). The one I am using for this tutorial, can contain 40ml.
1) It is very important to dilute ACV before applying it to the skin. The first time I used this toner, I made it in a 1:2 ratio (one part of ACV and 2 parts of water). But now that my skin is used to it, I am going to move to a 1:1 ratio. If you have sensitive skin, try a 1:4 ratio and also do a patch test probably on the crook of your elbow. If you have normal skin, you can start with a 1:2 ratio and then move to a 1:1 ratio.
I filled 20ml of water into the bottle:
2) Fill the rest of the 20ml with ACV.
3) Here is the final mix!. This mixture has a really pungent smell but it goes away within minutes and anyways you will get used to the smell, as a toner is something that is to be used daily. This teeny amount can last you upto 7-8 months.
How to apply
1) Take a cotton pad. Spray it (like 5 times) until the cotton pad gets enough product to get soaked.
2) Apply to your face and skin in upward sweeping motion. Avoid the eye area.
3) Don’t wash away your toner. Let it dry for a few seconds and follow with a moisturizer.
Please note that though I have told you guys that I use the normal ACV from the brand American Garden, I suggest you use, an ACV with the ‘mother’. This might sound real funny!. But by saying “with the mother” it means that, that ACV is in the purest organic form and contains good bacteria. Here is an example of one that I found in store:
I certainly would have bought this in the first place but I couldn’t find it when I was looking for it and now I have a 946ml bottle to finish first. So I didn’t buy this when I found it later on. Once my current bottle is over, I will purchase this one, for sure. This one is more costly than the other. 473 ml costs AED11.95.
HUGE NOTE: This ACV toner is perfect for anyone with normal – combination – acne prone skin. Also, ACV is different from your normal vinegar. So don’t get confused.
If you try it, let me know.