Are you worried about the ingredients in your skin toner and would like a natural, inexpensive and EASY option? Then this recipe is for YOU! Pamper your skin with ingredients found in nature – like apple cider vinegar and essential oils! As I’m halfway through my thirtieth year of life I’ve finally come to the point where I’m realizing that I need to take better care of my skin – FUN! Lately it has been dull and dry. I’ve also started noticing dark spots on my face from acne scarring and sun damage. Geez, thirty has literally smacked me in the face! Note to my former self: wear sunscreen. Everyday. One facial product that has always been a staple in my skin care regimen is toner. Toner is a liquid product that is applied to the face after cleansing to help remove the last bit of makeup. Toner also helps soothe the skin and tighten pores. It’s really refreshing on the face. Also, toners should not sting! I’m wincing recalling the Stridex/Noxzema type toner pads that I’d rub on my acne prone teen face. Ouch. Be nice to your skin and it will repay you tenfold. Today I’m sharing a gently and simple DIY toner that your skin will love. I’ve been using this toner for a couple of months and have been loving it. I have combination skin that is prone to breakouts and blackheads and I’ve really seen an improvement in my skin. I’ve combined apple cider vinegar with a few powerhouse essential oils to create a soothing and cleansing toner. I hope you enjoy!
DIY Soothing Toner Recipe
- About 1 ounce of Apple Cider Vinegar (helps balance your skin’s pH level)
- About 1 ounce of filtered water
- 8 drops of Frankincense essential oil (helps to smooth the skin)
- 8 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 4 drops of Lemon or Tea Tree essential oil (purifying)
- Optional (for aging and mature skin): 12 drops of Cypress essential oil
Mix ingredients in a small glass jar and apply to a cotton ball/pad. Apply to face and neck area up to twice a day after cleansing before moisturizing. In my first batch of this, I used 2 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar but found that too strong for my skin. It did have a bit of a stinging action which tells me that it was irritating my skin. The 50/50 mix has made my skin much happier. You can adjust the ratio accordingly. Please let me know if you give this a try!