I'm all about a good skin routine. It's one of the simplest ways to practice some real self-love, and pays off when you whip out your phone for a selfie, or see that cute barista at your favorite coffee shop. Nothing completes an outfit quite like some seriously glowing skin!
The only thing is, until the past few years, I had struggled with acne my entire life. It felt like I had tried. GoingEven n, I was positive that my healthy diet would be the final push for luminous skin. But I was wrong.
Nothing seemed to work, except for banana peels β but how often was I supposed to eat those? Every day?
Enter raw apple cider vinegar β the elixir of the gods. The stuff of legends. The fountain of youth. My skin hasn't been the same.
Most store-bought toners are overpriced and full of chemicals and harsh alcohol that dries out your skin. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the "mother" is a chemical-free, budget-friendly, and effective way to bring out your natural glow! It balances your pH, helps give your skin an even tone, and manages your oils without drying you out.
From quirky, in-depth recipes to foolproof 2-ingredient ones, here are a handful of the best toner recipes with apple cider vinegar from across the web!
Essie Michelle's YouTube channel has a ton of beauty tips, including an incredibly straightforward, 2-ingredient toner she discusses in this video. All you need is apple cider vinegar, water, and a container. And if you look at the video, her skin is absolutely flawless. If my skin looks half as beautiful as hers after using this toner daily, sign me up! Seriously! Her skin is so smooth and glowing, I thought she was wearing makeup until she said otherwise!
Are you concerned that apple cider vinegar alone won't do the trick? Looking for something a little stronger? If your skin really needs that extra boost, this recipe from Gaiam has just what you're looking for! The simple blend of witch hazel and apple cider vinegar work in tandem to clear up troublesome acne and balance your skin's pH for those times when you're really needing it.
3. Sensitive Skin Toner
What about if your skin is sensitive? Or easily dry? It may seem daunting to try something on your face that could leave you red and irritated. Coconuts and Kettlebells has these variations on the basic apple cider vinegar toner recipe, providing different ratios of water to vinegar depending on your skin's needs. These tweaks could help prevent any irritation the other recipes may cause.
4. Green Tea and Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
If your skin is really acne-prone β or wrinkle-prone, for that matter β then this toner from Living the Nourished Life is a godsend. The green tea is unique in this one for two reasons: first, the antioxidant properties of it have been linked to wrinkle prevention.
Second, green tea is known to be anti-inflammatory. This dazzling duo is a reliable two-in-one β anti-aging and anti-inflammatory? Sign me up!
One final thing this link boasts are a few suggestions for essential oils based on what kind of skin you have. I love the ability to personalize my toner for my own skin! I know what I'm going to whip up this weekend.
If you're looking for something that goes beyond just apple cider vinegar, you're in luck. This recipe has a great cast of ingredients, like soothing aloe juice and brightening lemon essential oil.
I'm also a fan of the addition of frankincense β it's an oil that's been shown to reduce the appearance of scars (although it's worth noting that it's an herb to avoid if you're pregnant). Pregnancy-free, this blend of cleansing and nourishing ingredients sounds worth the extra effort to gather it all together. I'm ready to glow!
6. Tingling Minty Toner
If you're looking to go a little more beyond the basics, this recipe from Jenni Raincloud is a real catch. The blend of a peppermint hydrosol, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils make it a dreamy, cleansing refresher for a hot day.
Between grad school, work, and a personal life, I feel like getting enough sleep is tough. And it shows. In the morning, my face is often puffy, and my eyes have circles under them! This toner looks like it would do just the trick.
Chamomile soothes your face and reduces puffiness, while helping to even out sensitive skin and reduce redness. It takes a little longer to make, but I know all our faces would thank us for such a treat!
8. Infused Mint Toner
Now that we're at the end, let's discuss the elephant in the room: apple cider vinegar's funky, funky smell. I've been using it for so long that I've grown to love it β I even look forward to it in my morning water β but I know that the smell can make first getting into the wild world of apple cider vinegar a little unappealing.
This toner from Food Renegade addresses just that with its nourishing Apple Mint Skin Toner. Like the previous toner, it has to infuse for a week, but the infusion process overpowers the heavy smell of vinegar with refreshing mint. I'd say this one's well worth the wait and would be an invigorating start to any morning routine.
I asked Ashley Jonsson, an aesthetician at Soleil 7 Salon and Spa in Tallahassee, Florida, her two cents on apple cider vinegar as a toner. When used properly, she said, these kinds of toners have natural alpha-hydroxy acids that "help to dislodge old cells and bring in newer, brighter ones". But, she adds, it's important to follow up with a good moisturizer!
Regardless of the moisturizer you finish off with, these toners are a great way to foster a positive relationship with your skin. So roll up those sleeves and give these toners a try!
What's your favorite way to use apple cider vinegar on your skin?
Nikita Andester is a Denver-based writer and graduate student of creative nonfiction. She lives full time in her camper, where she writes and whips up wholesome, plant-based meals. Her creative work can be found on Wild Musette and Loam Magazine.