When our skin is in perfect balance it’s pH level is 4.5 – 5. This means that our skin is acidic.
One of the reasons we get acne is because of a change in pH level. It is easier for bacteria to breed in an alkali environment so when the pH of our skin gets too high we become more acne prone. Balancing pH can be done in a number of ways, it could be changing your skin care routines or eating differently.
Something that you may not know is that the purpose of a toner is to balance the pH level in our skin, put our skin back to its ‘happy level’. The only issue I have with toners is my issue with most beauty products: chemicals. There is a much simpler, more cost-effective way of creating a toner than pumping it full of chemicals.
The answer? Apple cider vinegar. If you’ve ever used or come into contact with it, you will know that it smells vile and tastes even worse. If you haven’t then I’ll set the record straight, this stuff isn’t pretty but it is a miracle worker.
The recipe for this natural, magic toner has only two ingredients:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Green tea.
All you need to do is make a cup of green tea, place a plate on top of the cup and leave it to cool. When it’s cooled down add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix. You can then place it in a spritz bottle or old (thoroughly) cleaned out nail polish bottle. To apply, extend your arm and spritz from a distance of about 20-30cm. You want a light ‘dusting’ of the toner on your face, not for your face to be wet.
The reason you want to dilute the apple cider vinegar is that if you used it as it is, it would burn like there’s no tomorrow. If you’re finding the toner a bit weak then just add a little bit more apple cider vinegar.
A little burn is good, a lot is not. Follow that rule and you’ll be good to go.