DIY Salt and Vinegar Toner

You may be going ewww at the title of this post - salt and vinegar may be nice on chips but on your face?! I assure you, this homemade toner will make your skin super soft, soothe and calm it, improve your overall complexion and may even reduce redness, acne and scarring. Well, that's how it has helped me anyway.
And if you're worrying you will smell like the chippy down the road - don't. The scent fades straight away and actually just smells like tasty apples.

What you will need

I discovered apple cider vinegar about a year ago and have tried some of its multiple uses out, with mixed results. Many believe it is a miracle product: it can be used for cleaning, skincare, weight loss and even to relieve muscle pain. For detailed information, check out this article by Brittany Mullins. For a more clinical approach I suggest you click here.
When buying apple cider vinegar, it is important to get the type with the 'mother' as this is what makes it beneficial for us. The 'mother' settles at the bottom of the bottle when unmixed, and is made of living nutrients and bacteria.


Sea salt is preferable over table salt basically because the processing of table salt found in mines removes all the nutrients and minerals found in sea salt. Again, for a much more scientific insight looky here. 
Sea salt is good for your skin because of the abundance of minerals it contains such as magnesium and calcium. It has therapeutic effects and can calm down skin problems such as eczema - just tip a handful or two into your bath and let the magic happen. It's also a good exfoliant but is more harsh than sugar. This toner allows you to get the benefits from sea salt without damaging your delicate skin re exfoliating.

Directions

I suggest starting out with a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar and water to see how your skin reacts. You should never apply undiluted apple cider vinegar because it is very acidic and could damage your skin.
  1. Fill the bottle by about 80% with the apple cider vinegar and water mixture. 
  2. Insert roughly two teaspoons of sea salt and shake well until the salt has dissolved. 
I don't measure the salt with a teaspoon so this is an estimate, but an educated one.

The mixture is now ready! All you need is a few drops on a cotton pad. Apply this to problem areas (I pretty much cover my whole face). Avoid the delicate eye area and lips as it will sting! The mixture may also sting open wounds so avoid these as much as you can.

I apply before bed and while you may notice results overnight I find this provides a gradual yet definitely noticeable effect. If you find it drying, skip it a night or two and apply moisturiser afterwards.
Store the toner in a cool and dry place. I keep mine next to my other DIY skincare products... coming soon to the blog.
I hope this toner works for you if you give it a try! Do let me know in the comments and if you have any questions just ask - this is my first step-by-step guide so apologies if I missed anything out or was unclear!

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