I have sensitive skin. But I still need to use a toner (also called astringent) to exfoliate and tighten pores. Until recently, I had been using Clinique’s Mild Clarifying Lotion for this. Have you ever looked at the ingredients label on your beauty products? This is the ingredients list for the Mild Clarifying Lotion, the mildest available:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Cyclodextrin, Salicylic Acid, Millet Plant Glycoprotein Extract, Aloe, Arginine, Peg-10 Soya Sterol, Ceteth-20, Dimethicone, Ceteth-20, Kimethicone, Ceteth-2, Dimethicone Copolyol, Hexadecanol, Methylparaben, Green 5, Yellow 10
A couple of those ingredients aren’t so bad, but much more are known skin irritants, artificial dyes, artificial preservatives, and even linked to cancer and tumor growth. Ummm…no thanks. How about a more natural approach that doesn’t contain ingredients you have to spend an hour googling to know if they are safe?
Reduce Dark Spots, fine lines and wrinkles with this Soothing Facial Toner. Apple Cider Vinegar, Lavender & Helichrysum Essesntial Oils combine to reduce dark spots & soothe red, irritated skin. That’s right, only THREE Ingredients, and you can pronounce them all too! Apple Cider Vinegar (Affiliate), Distilled Water and Essential Oils. The ingredients are easy to find, easy to mix and even easy to customize to your own skin type. Take a look at my handy chart on this post for ideas on which essential oils would be best for your skin type. I have had some AH-MAZING results in the past week of using this. My dark spots have reduced noticeably to the point that last Saturday I went out without any CC cream on (like a tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation).
If you have a question about the brand of essential oils I use, send me an inquiry here. Due to policy regulations, I am not allowed to tell you directly. I promise not to shower you with newsletters and sales gimmicks. I just don’t have time to be a multi-level marketing guru.
As usual, let’s gather our ingredients and tools first. The only thing not pictured below is a big jug of distilled water. I left it out because it doesn’t exactly make for interesting pictures.
Let’s talk a little about the quality of the vinegar you use. When making your own skin care products, you always want to use the best quality ingredients. It makes for a more effective final product, maximizing your efforts to treat your skin and body right. For that reason, I chose this Apple Cider Vinegar (Affiliate). It is USDA certified organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized. See that Ingredients list? Vinegar and water. No toxins in these pores.
Measure out your ACV. I used 1/3 cup vinegar to 2/3 cup water because it’s summer, but I’ll probably reduce that to 1/4 cup vinegar to 3/4 cup water come winter time. If your skin runs oily or acne prone, you can use as much as 1/2 cup each.
Fill almost to the top with distilled water, leaving just enough room for about 30 drops of essential oils. If you have a question about the brand of essential oils I use, send me an inquiry here. Due to policy regulations, I am not allowed to tell you directly.
I chose Lavender and Helichrysum Essential Oils (15 drops each). Lavender is pretty much a miracle fix-it-all for soothing and healing whenever skin is concerned. Helichrysum has the unique ability to help with dark spots, age spots, oily skin, wrinkles and eczema, all of which happen to be a concern for me. I told you I had sensitive skin, which is code for weird skin.
After you’ve added the essential oils, you’ll notice they just sort of float on top. This is your reminder to shake it up first before each use.
That’s it- you’re done! Easy right? Now you can take care of business while knowing you aren’t putting known irritants and cancer-contributing chemicals you paid triple the price for on your face. That’s what this blog is all about! Now just dab a little on an organic cotton pad and swipe over your face (neck and chest too) between your cleanser and moisturizer.
- Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Affiliate)
- Distilled Water
- Essential Oils
- Glass airtight bottle (Affiliate)
If you have a question about the brand of essential oils I use, send me an inquiry here. Due to policy regulations, I am not allowed to tell you directly.
- Measure and pour vinegar into bottle.
- Fill most of the way to top with distilled water.
- Add any combination of essential oils of choice. Need suggestions? Check out my chart.
- Shake and use daily!