There are 3 main things I did which had the biggest impact on clearing up my acne - this toner is one of them. If you want to kick-start your acne battle here is the basic toner recipe and alternatives to try according to your skin type. Read a more detailed guide to toner and part 2.
Go to Google and type apple cider vinegar +skincare and you'll find that 'undiscovered' is no longer the case for this great ingredient! The secret's out and we're all reaping the benefits. In addition to apple cider vinegar this toner has 3 other hero DIY skincare ingredients; honey, green tea and tea tree oil.
|Heads up; yes, vinegar stinks but happily the tea tree oil does a good job of disguising this.|
Apple cider vinegar works so well on acne because it's packed with antibacterial properties (acne is a bacterial infection) and restores the natural PH of our skin, which should be on the acidic side but can be disrupted by anything that touches our skin! However never apply Apple Cider Vinegar to your skin undiluted! Start with a small concentration.
Green tea - is a superfood! (at least to me it is!!) packed with anti-oxidants which are your skin's natural shield against all the nasties out there and in particular UVA/UVB rays. It's also an anti-irritant to irritated skin/pores/sensitive skin and to counteract any irritating effect the vinegar may have.
Let's start brewing!
Ingredients (with their alternatives);
- Green tea - soothing, calming anti-oxidant. Alternative - chamomile tea for super sensitive skin
- Apple Cider Vinegar - anti bacterial, acidic. Alternative - nothing, DO NOT use any other type of vinegar on your face!
- Tea-tree oil - antibacterial, cleansing. Alternative - Lavender oil for oil balancing
- Honey - hydrating, calming, anti-bacterial.
|How cool is this mug? The windows glow when the mug is hot :-) Little things make us happy.|
2. Wait until it's cooled somewhat but is still warm, about 20 -30 minutes should do it. Using a tablespoon, measure out 4 tablespoons of green tea into a jug. Now add approximately 1 teaspoon of honey before the apple cider vinegar; the honey will dissolve much better in the warm tea.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar. This is a ratio of 2:1 --> 2 parts tea to 1 part ACV. If your skin is sensitive try a ratio of 3:1. Don't increase the concentration to more than this, we do not want to burn or irritate our skin and there are no additional benefits.
Give it a stir then pour it into your container. If you find you need more just mix up more tea and apple cider vinegar at the same ratio, use a smaller spoon if you need to; just make sure it's 2 parts tea and 1 part apple cider vinegar.
4. Once it's in the container add your tea tree oil; again, depending on your skin type, add between 10 - 20 drops. Tea tree oil and lavender oil are two of the only essential oils which you can apply directly to the skin and are both great for acne-prone skin.
|There you are, one kick-ass acne-destroying super toner - all done!!|
Remember; Shake it well before use as the honey will sink and the oil will separate
Use twice a day after cleansing; avoid the eye area. It may tingle if you use it directly after a bath/shower when your pores are open, if it ever feels worse than a tingle reduce the concentration of ACV to tea.
Be consistent, use it everyday and I hope it will make just as big a difference to your acne and pores as it has for mine.
TIP: mix it with bentonite clay (fuller's earth) to make a great deep cleansing mask!
It's super easy and the most affordable toner out there! And, because of the vinegar, it won't go off! So what are you waiting for? If you've had enough of your acne or your pores just keep getting clogged, get into your kitchen and mix this up! I've been using it for 4 years and have never looked back.
Ciao for now
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