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Apple Cider Vinegar Toner For Beautiful Skin

Updated: December 1, 2018
apple cider vinegar toner

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Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is very useful for our health as well as for our skin.  Beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar give it its power to make us feel better, look better, and feel energized. It is great for acne prone skin. I am going to share the benefits as well as my experience with DIY apple cider vinegar toner.  

It is made from nutritious, organically grown apples and retains many beneficial components because raw apple cider vinegar is not pasteurized. ACV undergoes two fermentation processes where it produces enzymes and life giving nutrients that make apple cider vinegar the powerhouse it is. Firstly we should know about the skin benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Two separate studies published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology and International Journal of Cosmetic Science claim that acetic acid, lactic acid, citric and succinic acids can kill P. acnes, the bacteria that cause acne and apple cider vinegar contains all these acids. (Source1, Source2)

Skin benefits of apple cider vinegar toner

  • Apple has potassium which is one of the reasons why many people suffer from dry skin is due to the deficiency of potassium. Potassium keeps the skin moisturized and hydrated internally.
  • Apple pectin helps fight against changes to the skin structure associated with aging.
  • Malic acid of apple works as an exfoliant, helping to rid the skin of dead skin cells, dark spots, scars, and acne.
  • Apple has calcium has skin benefits include cell renewal, lipid barrier function, and antioxidant protection from DNA damage.
  • Apple cider vinegar contains lactic acid and there is another study which proves that lactic acid treats and prevents acne. (Source)
  • Ash of apple normalizes the skin pH.
  • Acetic acid of apple helps in exfoliation and in hydration of the skin.

apple cider vinegar toner


My experience with homemade apple cider vinegar toner

For the past 3 months, I have been using a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water as a toner, every morning and every evening after I wash my face. I saw a noticeable change and improvement in my skin in just a couple of weeks time.

I have noticed that my skin tone has become softer and I have less dry and itchy red patches, plus less oiliness in my trouble area. I can see less visible tiny pores on my cheeks and nose that seemed to always be there. I have also noticed less everyday regular breakouts. I have observed that many of my previous breakouts were seemingly due to clogged pores and no matter how much I washed my face, I would still have that problem, this toner has seriously been the answer I was looking for.

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You Can Substitute Water With Other Ingredients In Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Substitute water with red wine as it gives a refreshing glow to the skin while removing tan and blemishes. The anti-aging properties of a wine make it even more beneficial. You can also customize your toner by adding witch hazel, green tea, essential oils such as tea tree oil or lavender, etc.

You can also substitute water with cucumber juice also as it will give a cooling effect on the skin. You can also infuse the water with some fresh herbs like basil leaves, mint leaves, oregano, neem leaves etc for added benefits. Chop handful of fresh herbs, bring it to a boil with water and simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture and let the water cool before adding it in place of regular water to your toner mixture. You can keep this boiled water in an airtight container for 6-7 days in the refrigerator.


How to make Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple Cider Vinegar toner For Beautiful Skin
 
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Recipe type: DIY
Cuisine: Face Toner, Beauty
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How To Make And Use
  1. Pour 1 part Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar into a glass jar, bottle or container.
  2. Add 2 parts distilled or filtered water.
  3. Shake the bottle to combine the mixture.
  4. Apply the toner to your freshly cleansed skin using a cotton ball or pad, avoiding the eye area.
  5. Apply your usual, daily moisturizer after the apple cider vinegar toner has dried.
  6. Experiment with the ratios of ACV to water and see what your skin likes and responds to the most. You will know when you find it.
Notes
1. Be sure to use an organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, preferably with the ‘mother’.

2. Apple cider vinegar does smell a little bit like feet. Once the toner dries on your face, the smell almost completely dissipates, in my opinion. If the smell does bother you too much, instead of letting the mixture dry on your face and stay on there, try letting it dry a bit, then rinse your face quick with a splash or two of water, before applying your moisturizer.

3. This will sting on any open pores, scratches, pimples. Breaking out from apple cider vinegar is normal. It kills off bad yeast. Apparently, it works by purging your skin’s toxins before it starts to heal. The purging can come in the form of acne.

4. ACV is highly acidic and a pH of 3.0. Using this more than twice daily can be too much for some skin types, especially if skin already has issues.

5. It does work for many, but for others, it certainly can be an issue. So carefully watch your skin to gage results.

apple cider vinegar toner

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Jerrie L Roy
    January 30, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Thank you. I used to use thos remedy. I do drink Apple Cider Vinegar and honey.

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    Zey
    March 24, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Should I refrigerate the mixture or leaving it in the wahroom is okay? And can I use heavy tissue instead?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      May 11, 2018 at 6:53 am

      Hi Zey, the shelf life increases if you refrigerate this. But you can keep it in the washroom for 3-4 days. Also, you can use the heavy tissue paper for application.

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      RC
      October 31, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      Usually ACV and distilled water or purified water last a long long time on the shelf. If you mix the two they will last on your bathroom counter in a glass jar just as long as separated!! Careful to use a clean cloth or cotton ball to swan do not cross contaminate then you may have to Mack a new batch!!

  • Reply
    Winnie
    April 8, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Do you store it in the fridge ?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      May 11, 2018 at 5:29 am

      Hi Winnie, the shelf-life increases if you store it in the fridge otherwise you can keep it for 3-4 days.

      • Reply
        Lea
        May 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm

        How many days does it last?

        • Reply
          Mamta
          May 26, 2018 at 4:26 am

          Hi Lea, You can store it for 1 week.

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    Amy
    May 17, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Do you have to use distilled water?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      May 22, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      You can use normal purified water as well.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    May 26, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, most people have success with this toner because it balances out skin. I actually used this as a toner for a few months and noticed that it did improve my acne.

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    Azaria
    June 30, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Is it okay to just use straight up apple cider vinegar as a toner… no water added?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      July 4, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Hi Azaria,
      I would suggest you to use it mixed with water.

  • Reply
    Alaiya
    July 4, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    What does one part mean?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      July 5, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Hi Alaiya, If you are using a 100ml bottle to store the toner then 50ml should be water and 50ml with apple cider vinegar.

  • Reply
    Lana
    July 19, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Hi how many months will expire this toner?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      July 23, 2018 at 5:09 am

      Hi Lana, I would suggest you make a fresh batch every 1-2 week.

  • Reply
    August
    August 13, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Do I still need to wash it after using it? 🙂

    • Reply
      Mamta
      August 22, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Hi August, washing face after applying the toner is optional.

  • Reply
    Erryna
    August 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Can I use regular water?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      September 3, 2018 at 6:08 am

      Hi Erryna, I would suggest you to use purified water to avoid water impurities and dirt.

  • Reply
    Rizza
    September 29, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Hi, do I still need to apply moisturizer like aloe vera gel after toning with AVC?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      October 4, 2018 at 5:23 am

      Hi Rizza, Moisturizer is a must for every type of skin. It is recommended to apply moisturizer after toning.

  • Reply
    Rachana
    October 3, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Can I substitute water with rose water?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      October 4, 2018 at 5:11 am

      Hi Rachana, yes you can.

  • Reply
    Cristine
    November 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Hi! Can I use Virgin Coconut Oil as moisturizer after applying the ACV toner?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      November 4, 2018 at 5:30 am

      Hi Cristine, If your skin is acne prone then I won’t recommend using coconut oil as a moisturizer. You can use other oils like argan oil, hemp seed oil, rosehip oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oil.

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    Nicole
    November 6, 2018 at 9:12 am

    how long does this toner lasts? does it expire? can i just store it on my room and not in a refrigerator?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      November 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Nicole,
      Yes, you keep this for 7-10 days without a refrigerator.

  • Reply
    Amelia Chan
    November 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Hi can I mix AVC with green tea?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      November 21, 2018 at 3:11 am

      Hi Amelia, yes, you can mix ACV with green tea.

  • Reply
    Nosheen
    November 16, 2018 at 6:42 am

    hi! how many times we should use apple cider vinegar toner in a day and when?

    • Reply
      Mamta
      November 21, 2018 at 3:07 am

      Hi Nosheen, you can use apple cider vinegar toner once or twice a day on a cleansed face. I recommend using it in the morning or evening.

  • Reply
    Dona
    November 21, 2018 at 11:22 am

    How long should i use this toner ?
    Is it too much to use it every day (forever)?
    I have very oily skin?
    Thank you

    • Reply
      Mamta
      November 21, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Dona,
      You can use the toner daily. It won’t harm your skin.

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