DIY Facial Toner
Facial toners are one of those optional facial products that some people wouldn't do without and others have never even tried, but they have many benefits. Their astringent nature makes pores appear smaller, they remove last traces of oil, dirt, makeup, and cleanser, and return skin to a normal acidic pH, which is especially important if you use an alkaline cleanser, like soap.
But commercial toners are usually full of mystery chemical ingredients that you would never choose to eat, which is a concern since much of what is applied to our skin can actually absorb into our bodies. Plus they're expensive…
This DIY facial toner uses raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar because it is a traditional, fermented product that contains live enzymes, healthy bacteria, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and exfoliating acids (acetic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, and malic acid). It can be diluted to suit any skin type, smooths rough skin, fades age spots, and helps clear acne. Even celebrities are raving about the virtues of apple cider vinegar for skincare. Did I mention this DIY facial toner is super economical? Try it for a week after cleansing and before moisturizing and see if you notice your skin glowing more!
Recently, I was featured on a local news program for my natural personal and home care products company. One of the segments included a quick demonstration of how to make this toner. Because it is so simple and economical, I actually instruct my customers on how to make it themselves instead of selling it with my other skincare products.
You can watch the video clip and then see the recipe below…
- 1 Part Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 to 4 Parts Water *
- Essential Oils optional–see suggestions below for ideas **
In a clean bottle (I like this bottle), combine apple cider vinegar and water. Use more ACV (up to equal parts ACV and water) for oily or acne-prone skin, and use less ACV and more water for sensitive or dry skin types. Essential oils are optional, but they smell good and can add another therapeutic element to the toner. Start with just a few drops, and work up if desired.
- Oily/Acne Skin: 1 part ACV to 1 part water
- Normal Skin: 1 part ACV to 2 parts water
- Sensitive/Dry/Mature Skin: 1 part ACV to 3-4 parts water
Apply to face with a cotton ball after cleansing and before moisturizing. If your ACV toner contains essential oils, be sure to shake well before applying to disperse the essential oils since they will rise to the top of your toner. Avoid eye area.
** DIY Facial Toner Essential Oil Suggestions (choose one or more from the following)
- clary sage
- Anti-Age Synergy
- Soft Skin Synergy
- clary sage
- tea tree
- peppermint (take it easy with this one)
- Acne Fighter Synergy
Normal Skin: whatever smells best to you 🙂
To avoid irritation, I recommend avoiding “hot” oils for facial care like cinnamon, clove, and ginger, as well as very strong herbal oils like oregano, and thyme. Rosemary can be helpful for oily/acne-prone skin, but use it extremely sparingly and very diluted since it is also quite strong. Avoid rosemary essential oil if pregnant.
(This is a post from my dear friend, Jill, who helps around the blog and has written super helpful posts here in the past: See all of Jill’s posts here, including more like these: Homemade Deodorant Powder, 6 Elements of Nutrient Dense Foods, How Real Foodies Care for Their Loved Ones with Cancer, and How to Fight Depression and Anxiety Naturally. Note that there are affiliate links here to help support the blog, but the cost is the same for you.)
More about Jill: My husband and I live in Waco, TX, along with our two awesome young adult kids. I have a small business, selling handmade personal and home care products at our farmer’s market and local retail sites. I am also Kelly’s blog assistant. 🙂 I am passionate about real food nutrition, natural health, local food, and I love to cook. Fortunately we have access to lots of local food via our fantastic farmer’s market, nearby farms, and even a grocery store that sources much of its food locally.
- See all of Jill's posts here.
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