DIY 2-Ingredient All-Natural Face Toner

I am muddling through bogs of stress right now but I am not breaking out. Even though I've been wearing makeup a lot more than usual. Even though I haven't done a face-mask in weeks. Even though it's humid out. How is this possible?

Apple cider vinegar!

Apple cider vinegar has been an on and off trend for decades now. Right now, it's trending as a health food supplement. The science of that is a little fuzzy, so I was skeptical that putting it on my face was going to do anything except make my face smell like acid. But after several months of using it with minimal acne, I'm inclined to say that it works. I don't know why or how, but it's keeping my breakouts at bay.

I can't take credit for the idea. I did a lot of research on different recipes, not even intending to blog about it. I didn't save the exact links, but if you Google "homemade toner" I'm sure you'll find the same information I did. Almost every source I read mentioned apple cider vinegar in varying proportions. I have pretty sensitive skin and I was worried the acidity of the vinegar would irritate it, so I used just a little bit of vinegar with a lot of water and I added a fresh twist.

Before I give you the recipe I must force a disclaimer upon you! This is not a ~Blergh Beauty Tips!!!XOXO~ kind of post. I don't think we should feel insecure about our acne, or anything else that is a natural part of us. Own it. That said, I totally understand how irritating acne can be and I hope this toner will help.

How to make it
My DIY All-Natural Face Toner is 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 cup water, and a few sprigs of fresh peppermint leaves. Shake it all up in a container.
I used peppermint because it wakes me up when I apply my toner in the morning. It was a good thing, too, because right after I made this toner my sweet mint plant kicked the bucket. RIP. :(
When I run out of this batch, I might try to make it with a little rosemary.

How to use it 
Spread a few drops over your face and let it dry- don't rinse it. If you have dry skin, add a little moisturizer afterwards.
It smells intensely like apple cider vinegar at first, but the scent goes away as it dries. You won't smell like vinegar all day, I promise.

The container
My toner container looks dumb. I originally kept the toner in a jar, but the lid started to rust, so I moved it into a bottle like the kind that barbecue sauce comes in. Since that kind doesn't seal, I stuck a q-tip into the top. It makes me giggle when I see it sitting on the bathroom counter because it looks like some gross alien injection or something.
Anywho, you'll want to keep it at room temperature in a sealed container so the water doesn't evaporate.


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