I think I’m on a train to hippie-ville. If I keep it up, I will be making all of my home and body products (with the exception of makeup, hairspray and toothpaste) by the end of the year. Or sooner.
I love the oil-cleansing method; it worked a serious miracle on my skin. However, my complexion still isn’t perfect. It’s still just a bit oily, and I have red spots from acne scars and such.
That’s when I decided to make my own toner.
Have you experimented much with apple cider vinegar (ACV)? I’ve always loved it for salad dressing and to catch gnats… but never thought of it for beauty.
ACV is supposed to balance the pH of your skin (and hair), which is naturally slightly acidic. For skin, it helps balance complexion; your skin can find that happy place between oily and dry. It helps to soften skin, and reduces red marks and blemishes. ACV absorbs oil and kills bacteria (making it a great acne treatment).
ACV helps to soften and smooth hair (by closing the cuticle), and detangles.
And perhaps best of all- it is INCREDIBLY cheap and easy.
Be sure to get the good stuff- organic, raw, and unfiltered- to enjoy all these benefits. Even the high quality ACV is just a few dollars. And since you dilute it (always dilute it!), a bottle will last you a while!
I just started a new hair routine, which uses ACV as a rinse. Since I’m not sure the outcome, and will be experimenting- I’ll share it later. But in the meantime here is what I do for my skin. Brace yourself…
1 part ACV
2 parts distilled water
Mix them and apply to your face with a cotton pad or washcloth.
Think you can handle that? Keep in mind that you may need to dilute it a little more, depending on your skin type. You can also use an herbal infusion for water (e.g. chamomile tea), or add anything else (e.g., tea tree oil).
Side note- check out the other health benefits of ACV when consumed- it is believed to reduce sinus infections, balance high cholesterol, fight allergies, strengthen immune system, increase metabolism, prevent UTI… and the list goes on.