APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER: Basic Facts
WHAT’S APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER?
Apple cider vinegar toner is nothing new. Apple cider is an ancient preservative medicine that’s still in use. It is very popular among users of skincare products. Some people use it as a toner.
A facial toner is a skincare product that is applied to the neck and face after cleansing. Toner is astringent and drying as a way of taking off impurities from the skin surface while also protecting and moisturizing your skin.
Toners achieve this effect by containing a balanced amount of moisturizing and astringent properties.
What makes apple cider vinegar toner ideal are the astringent acids that it contains. Many people have testified about its good effects. This article tells you what you need to know about apple cider vinegar toner. You’ll get to know about its benefits and how to prepare apple cider vinegar toner at home.
PREPARING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER AT HOME
It is very easy to make your apple cider vinegar at home. A simple recipe would involve diluting 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a glass (150 ml or 8 oz.) water.
More unique recipes have been created recently with extra ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. These include witch hazel, rosewater, or essential oils. The recipe below has these ingredients:
Recipe for apple cider vinegar toner
- Apple cider vinegar: 2 tbsp.
- 8 oz. or one glass water
- Rosewater – 1 tsp.
- Chamomile or lavender essential oil – 2-3 drops
- Witch hazel for oily skin – one tsp.
Combine all the ingredients in a glass container.
Dab a cotton ball into the toner mixture and apply to the desired areas on your skin, mostly the neck and the face. Apple cider vinegar toner is best applied after using a facial cleanser – twice a day or maybe after every use.
If you have some toner leftover, you can store it at room temperature and use it again some other time.
- People who have dry or sensitive skin should use a toner with caution. Limit the addition of witch hazel, rosewater, or essential oils.
- Apple cider vinegar has a drying effect. Reducing the amounts to less than one tablespoon per 8 oz. water will help prevent dryness.
- The type of water you use is also important. Some water may be hard, filled with minerals, and can also have a drying effect on your skin.
You must check for signs of allergy before using apple cider vinegar toner. A patch test will help you to know whether your skin is allergic to this product or not.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER?
Proponents of apple cider vinegar claim that it has a lot of benefits to the skin. However, no scientific studies have yet compared the effects of apple cider vinegar toners to conventional toners. But that doesn’t mean there are no possible benefits.
Apple cider vinegar has astringent properties. This is understandable as ACV has a high tannin content. This explains its cleansing effect on the skin.
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid. Acetic acid has antimicrobial properties. It can reduce the number of bacteria on your skin, including that which causes acne.
CAN ACV TONER BE USED ON ACNE SCARS?
Proponents of ACV claim that it can reduce or lighten the appearance of scars. This claim has not been verified by any studies. Some sources have warned against using apple cider vinegar for scar removal.
Although ACV may be beneficial to minor scars, it has not proven to be reliable.
Research has shown that organic acids in ACV can have a chemical peel effect. This effect kills bacteria that cause acne, reduces inflammation, and also reduces the risk of scarring.
There is a need for more research on this subject although it is possible that AVC can be used as a natural toner to reduce acne scars.
Do not apply undiluted ACV to the skin. The acids present in it can cause discomfort or irritation in all types of skin if not diluted before use.
Apart from ACV, the following remedies can help to reduce acne scars:
- Silicone gels or sheets
- Lemon juice
- Cortisone creams
- Vitamin A
- Licorice extract
- Raw onions
- Salicylic acid
- Retinoid products
Other natural toners:
There are lots of natural toners that you may use at home.
Some natural ingredients that work effectively as skin toners include:
- Aloe vera
- Green tea
- Tea tree oil
Other natural ingredients that are backed up by preliminary research include:
- Milk thistle
- Pine bark
Their antioxidant properties contribute the most to their antioxidant properties.
The craze for apple cider vinegar is on the high side. This is attributed to its perceived skincare benefits.
Many testify to its good benefits. Also, some studies have lent credence to these testimonies. You should seek advice from your esthetician or dermatologist before using ale cider vinegar toner on your skin. It may work better on certain types of skin than others.
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Tonika Bruce, MSN, RN, MBA. is an accomplished nurse leader, published author, and personal development expert passionate about advancing healthcare management and quality patient outcomes.
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