TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
I never really appreciated toner for some reason. I thought it was something companies made to get us to buy more but wasn’t really necessary. And I still feel that way about some of them, but apple cider vinegar does something in a way that lotions and face washes don’t. It tightens pores, helps clear up acne and fights future breakouts. It’s anti-bacterial and an antiseptic and helps to re-balance your skin’s pH level after it’s been disrupted from washing it. I have yet to find a toner out there that can duplicate its properties. Here’s all you need to know:
- Apple Cider Vinegar– Look for an organic version (with Mother in it if you can as it’s full of enzymes).
- Distilled/Filtered Water
- Container — preferably a glass bottle
- Chopstick or Spoon
- Cotton Ball/Pad/Square
**Optional: If you are the very thorough type, you can first sterilize the glass bottle by boiling it in water.
- Fill half of the bottle with water. Again, if you’re the thorough type, you can certainly measure both the water and the apple cider vinegar. I prefer to eye it! Then shake the bottle of vinegar and pour it into the remaining half of the bottle.
- Give it a good stir.
- Place a cotton pad on top of the opening and turn it upside down to load it up.
- After you wash your face, sweep the cotton pad all over it (chest and back too if needed).
**If you have sensitive skin, instead of equal parts, try one part vinegar to 6 parts water to dilute it more. You can keep it that strength or eventually work up to 1:1. Some people can handle the vinegar undiluted, straight from the bottle!