As I finished up my bottle of toner, I looked at the bottom and saw the $22.50 price tag. 🙁 But what’s the purpose of toner?
Most people skip this step in their skincare mainly because they think it’s just an extraneous, unnecessary step that just ends up costing more money! And they’re sorta right…especially if your toner is $10+!
From my understanding, toner is supposed to do the following:
– remove residue leftover from the cleansing step;
– restore the pH balance of your skin, and;
– remove dead skin cells
Of course I’m not a scientist, so I cannot prove the above theories. The only thing I can vouch for is that toner does remove stuff that my cleanser can’t get rid of like heavy makeup and my homemade coffee/oatmeal scrub! <– Cotton pad is the colour of dirt after I wipe.
Since I’m trying to go more natural with my skincare, I thought that I’d share with you a diy recipe that I discovered for an Apple Cider Vinegar Toner that’s totally on the cheap!
You’ll need the following ingredients:
– Apple Cider Vinegar* (with the ‘Mother’, don’t skimp on this! Less than $5/bottle!)
– distilled water (I used green tea which was cooled down)
In a clean bottle, preferably made out of glass with a spout to control pour, mix a 1:1 ratio of the ACV and distilled water.
Apply toner to cotton ball and wipe across face, after cleansing. Don’t worry, vinegar smell will eventually fade. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks with great results, less breakouts, smoother texture. 🙂
Now if only I can find a replacement for those darn cotton pads/balls…
* Can be purchased at a health food store, Bulk Barn, or organic section of a large grocery store