Here is Lelê Gianetti from the blog It Yourself with another post of “Do it yourself” here at ICKFD.
A few weeks ago, I made a post talking about how to make your own lip balm in a super easy and economical way. Because of this, I received several messages asking for more beauty “recipes” like that.
I loved the fact that many girls liked the subject and, then, I decided to bring another classic of my daily life that is very easy to prepare and is still super effective: a facial toner based on apple cider vinegar.
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I really like beauty DIY’s for two reasons:
1. Firstly, because I love using products that are as natural as possible and trying to stay away (as much as I can) from so many chemicals, which often do not even know what they are about, and can be full of additives, dyes artificial, parabens, hydrogenated oil, etc. Just look at any packaging of face cream and notice how many ingredients we’ve never heard of.
2. The second reason is financial. In 100% of the cases that I tested “homemade” products, the cost-benefit is enormous.
Photo: Lelê Gianetti
Before talking about the recipe and DIY itself (which is very, very, very easy), I’m going to talk a little bit about facial tonics.
Why use a tonic?
They became popular in the 1930s, when they were introduced to the world of cosmetics with the aim of restore the skin’s natural pH after using other cleaning products.
The point is that our skin has a kind of delicate “acid blanket” with a Ph of 5 and soap-based cleaners are usually more alkaline.
This can disturb the pH of the skin, promoting the growth of abnormal bacteria and making it more susceptible to acne and even wrinkles (in the long run). Facial tonics are usually more acidic (with a pH of about 3-4) and help restore our face’s natural pH.
In short, the delicate pH of our skin can be “messed up” by many factors such as stress, diet, lack of exercise and not even drinking a lot of water. Therefore, a natural and simple tonic like this (apple cider vinegar) can be very beneficial for the balance of the skin.
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Why use apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is simply the by-product of the fermentation of apples. These beautiful berries are loaded with potassium, pectin, malic acid and calcium, and are further fortified by the fermentation of these components, making them even more beneficial. Although it may seem strange to put apple cider vinegar on your face, just look at some of the properties of this product:
- Anti-bacterial (an added bonus when dealing with skin infections and conditions like acne and eczema)
A good vinegar of raw and unfiltered apples balances the skin’s natural pH and strips dead cells (exfoliation). It also helps to lighten age and sun spots and can even improve acne and acne scars.
Finally, it is worth saying that it is great for refreshing and removing excess oil and makeup that may have been left behind after performing other natural techniques, such as cleaning the skin, for example. And the best: it is super affordable and does not contain any conventional chemical madness.
So, with all this information, now it’s time to check out DIY!
- Apple cider vinegar (preferably organic)
- Filtered water
Only that! It sounds crazy, right ?! But that’s it! Haha ha
DETAILS AND PREPARATION
The skin type of each person changes the recipe a little.
- For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water
- For normal skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water
- For oily skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water
Remember: A “part” is any measure you choose to use. So, if you are following the recipe for sensitive skin, you should mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 4 tablespoons of water.
- Mix the ingredients together and store in a glass or plastic container (does not need to be placed in the refrigerator).
- To apply, just use cotton. Lightly rub the product across your face. Do not wash your face after use.
If you prefer, another option is to store this toner of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray a light mist directly on the skin to refresh it throughout the day.
- No matter what your skin type is, I recommend that you test it first to see how it reacts. I also recommend using the sensitive skin ratio before increasing the amount of apple cider vinegar.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment to find what is best for you. If you feel that the sensitive skin solution appears to be too weak, slowly increase the ratio of apple cider vinegar to water. And don’t increase more than a 1: 1 ratio of apple cider vinegar to water, okay ?!
Loves, and another very important thing is that it is always good to regularly consult a good dermatologist so that your skin is evaluated and any more specific questions are taken!
The tip of this DIY is simple and natural, but for treatments and more complex issues, it is essential to talk to a professional in the field, right ?!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as I do! Tell me what you think and any questions just tell me! Oh, and if you do this DIY and take pictures, post it with the hashtag #LeleGianettiDIY so I can see it.