This apple cider vinegar toner costs next to nothing to make, but it helps even my skintone, makes my pores appear smaller, and controls shine.
Most of the ingredients are readily available at the grocery store. Some grocery stores are beginning to carry essential oils, but you may need to hit a natural foods store to pick up the essential oils. If you don't have one of those near you, there's always Ebay, or The Personal Formulator.
To make this toner, you'll need:
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup distilled water
3 green tea bags
ylang ylang oil
lemon essential oil
Bring 2/3 cup distilled water to a boil, remove from heat, add 3 green tea bags, and allow it to steep for at least a half hour. Remove the tea bags and allow it to cool.
This toner should be stored in a blue or amber bottle. I use an 8 oz cobalt glass bottle from Specialty Bottle.
Add the green tea concentrate, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 12 drops ylang ylang oil, and 12 drops lemon essential oil to the bottle. Shake to mix.
I use this toner morning and night, followed by my vitamin c serum, Renova, eye cream, and sunscreen.
I buy my green tea at the asian grocery. Each tea bag wrapper has a picture of a tai chi guy, and says, "fragrant aroma mellow taste homely refresher valuable gift". I'm not quite sure what that means, but it makes me smile :)
You can adjust the strength of this toner to suit your skin type. Add more vinegar for oily skin; less for dry skin. If you have dry skin, you might consider cutting back on or skipping the ylang ylang oil altogether.
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