It’s winter, and the holiday season is here. My skin is suffering from both the weather a bit too much over-indulgence.
I have been scouring the Internet for recipe inspiration for body care recipes, and I came across several recipes for facial toners.
Apple cider vinegar (raw; I use bragg’s) is magical. Ask anyone. It can be used in shampoos, conditioners, taken internally, etc. In skin care, Apple cider vinegar helps balance ph, even skin tone, and help with breakouts (a major problem for me). Apple cider vinegar is the base of this toner, and I added some essential oils with skin benefits for an extra boost.
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp distilled water
1 tbsp aloe Vera juice
4 drops geranium oil
3 drops lavender oil
2 drops lemon oil
Mix and keep in jar in cool, dark place.
Geranium is great as an anti-inflammatory, it helps heal wounds, and benefits circulation. Lavender is calming, helps to treat acne and wrinkles, and speeds the process of healing. Lemon oil is antibacterial and boosts collagen production, BUT it is photosensitive so be careful about applying it and then exposing your skin to the sun.
These are just the oils that I chose, but there are a ton of great options out there. Also, my skin isn’t very sensitive to apple cider vinegar, but yours may be. You may have to play with this recipe to find what works for you.
I have been using some variation of this toner for the last few weeks, and my skin feels great. I don’t feel the need for as much moisturizer and I don’t find my skin to be as oily as it was before. Call me crazy, but I think my skin is brighter, clearer, and looks fresher, too.