Sometimes it’s hard to find the words that adequately explain human emotion. So, when I say that I love facial products, I’m not sure those words are conveying just how obsessed I can get with them. Masks, creams, cleansers, scrubs…they’re all so fun to experiment with. And when I find products that support my overall skin health, I feel as if I’m also really taking care of myself.
I just read somewhere that the average American woman will spend $300,000 over her lifetime on facial products. What?! That’s insane! I like to think I could and should spend some of that money on other things. So, as much as I do LOVE face products I decided to create a DIY facial toner that checks all the boxes – safe, natural, and easy on the wallet. I’ve been using (and loving) this DIY toner over the last couple of months and thought I’d share it with you today.
All you need is rosewater (I like this one), which hazel (I like this brand) apple cider vinegar, aka ACV, (like this) and a combination of your favorite essential oils (check here for what works for your skin needs). Make sure you use a products that do not contain any other chemicals and ideally organic. The apple cider vinegar should be unfiltered and contain the mother – it is this substance that contains active ingredients to boost your overall health and wellbeing. The mother is alive and abundant with beneficial bacteria and nutrients.
Why use this toner?
Rosewater and ACV help maintain a healthy pH (at least 5.5+) that often gets out of whack with our environment, diet and other facial products that contain unnatural chemicals. Both rosewater and ACV are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial that help with acne, redness and scarring. They both help clean pores, even skin tone, and I hear even help with shrinking the pores (yes, please!).
ACV helps with fine lines as it acts as somewhat of a mild exfoliator. ACV even helps lighten up those pesky sunspots!
Witch hazel has been used centuries because its strong antioxidant and astringent properties are fab for nixing the bacteria that lives within skin’s pores, stopping cellular damage, thus prevents the signs of aging and speeds up the healing process for when something does pop up.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard at least some of the amazing benefits of essential oils – if not, where have you been!?
The only downside is that the ACV is a taaad vinegary and may take a few days to get used to. However, the smell goes away quickly and you many learn to even like it since you’ll be on your way to beautiful, glowing skin!
P.S. definitely use after an at-home facial/mask when the pores are squeaky clean. It’ll help close, protect and hydrate the pores for a beautiful, glowing look.
How To Make Your DIY Toner:
I like to mix 2 parts rosewater, 2 parts witch hazel, 1 part apple cider vinegar and 20-40 drops of skin-friendly essential oils for my concoction. I also like to use a glass bottle instead of plastic to hold my tonic.
Start with 1/2 cup of rosewater, 1/2 cup of witch hazel, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and your oils. Pour into the glass bottle. Place the lid on and shake softly to get the solution fully mixed. Bam – you’re done!
This recipe makes enough to last at least a few months using2-5 spritzes in the morning and night, or if you need a mid-day refresher.
I recommend spritzing on a clean face, before any other products for a happy face!