What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is essentially fermented apple juice that can be used in food, used topically, or taken by itself for its many health benefits. Apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and contains probiotics as well as antioxidants.
How is ACV made?
Apple cider vinegar is made from apples which have been cut, then covered with sugar water. The sugar then turns into alcohol, the alcohol into acetic acid due to a bacteria known as acetobacter.
What can ACV do for my skin?
ACV is known for its many health benefits. This toner can help to clean out your pores and regulate oil production levels. I have noticed when I’m not using my toner twice daily, I will get a small breakout. I have yet to find a toner in store that works as well for me as this one does.
Choosing your ACV
Make sure to choose an organic, raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized ACV that contains the mother. This is very important due to the living enzymes it contains, which aids in boosting the effectiveness of its healing properties. The mother is the yeast and bacteria created by the fermentation process. Keep in mind that the majority of healing elements ACV has to offer are only present if it contains the mother, one being probiotics, for example.
How to make the toner
What you will need:
- Spray bottle
- Distilled water
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Young Living essential oils
In a spray bottle, combine 3 parts distilled water to 1 part ACV with essential oils as desired such as lavender, frankincense, or tea tree oil.
Use twice a day after washing your face.
Keep in mind that this is the ratio my skin prefers. I now have normal skin, but I used to be acne prone and extremely oily.
I attribute the improvement of both my acne and oil in part to this ACV toner.
Use more ACV if you have extremely oily skin, but I don’t recommend using more than a 50:50 ratio.
Use less ACV if you have very dry skin and consider limiting your use of the toner to 2-3 times a week.
Do not use on irritated skin.
After thoroughly cleansing your face, use a cotton ball, or other clean material that is gentle on the skin. Spray directly on the face, or spray directly on the material first. Lightly dab over face, avoiding the eye area. Do this until there is no residue. Follow up with the rest of your skincare routine. I prefer to follow up with an avocado oil mixed with essential oils to keep my routine simple.
Katelynn Quain is currently studying to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She’s passionate about preventing chronic disease and childhood obesity by educating people on plant-based lifestyles.