Toner is the most underestimated and underrated step in the skin care routine for most women. Most women consider this the least desirable and least bothered step in their morning and night routine but the impact is obvious. Toner is specially very important if you have oily skin. If your skin is irritated easily, you are in trouble because most toners with harsh chemicals would be irritating it more, causing inflammation and over dryness resulting in more damage than good.
As I have mentioned in several posts, my skin is oily, irritable and inflammation prone with occasional hormonal acne. My basic skin problem is skin rashes, skin allergy and inflammation which is caused for any reason from blackheads to heat pimples. This is the reason why I had been among the women who do not use toner because of the irritation it might cause. But lately I have been using my homemade toner morning and night with good results which is, no skin irritation.
What you need:
- Apple cider vinegar ( I’m using the organic one by American Garden)
- empty bottle
Ratio for mixing:
I have initially used 1 part pure apple cider vinegar and 1 part water in winters through spring but this time when i made my second batch, I used more than 1 part ACV and 1 part water (making it stronger since summer is here thus, more oil on skin). DO NOT USE PURE ACV because its too harsh on sensitive skin and will cause excessive dryness in few days.
How to apply:
Take a cotton swab, soak in the mixture and apply it gently all over your face. Keep it on a blemish or inflamed skin for a while to reduce swelling and redness as well. Repeat morning and night after cleansing and before applying moisturizer or sunscreen.
AVC is good for balancing the pH of the skin, thus good for acne prone skin which mostly occurs due to bacteria flourishing on the surface of the skin.
The redness which occasionally appears because of several reasons I mentioned above, is also visibly reduced when I leave the cotton swab soaked in the mixture for a while.
Visible reduction of pore size after application.