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