DIY Skin Brightening Toner
The options for toners in the clean beauty market keep growing, with more sophisticated formulas popping up all the time. Toners with probiotics, hyaluronic acid, fancy mushrooms, rare hydrosols and herbal extracts… the list goes on. I love the innovation happening with natural actives in clean beauty. These tend to deliver great results, but sometimes you can do just as well with a little DIY action, and toner is a great place to experiment.
Recently I’ve had this love affair going with rose water. It is incredibly soothing and it gently tones and revitalizes skin. Rose water is naturally full of antioxidants and provides hydration thanks to the natural sugars contained in rose petals. Rose water softens fine lines, brightens skin and leaves skin feeling plush and healthy. Plus, you can’t beat the scent of fresh, soft roses. I like to decant rose water into a spray bottle and spritz my face any time of day for a refreshing pick-me-up.
While rosewater on its own makes a simple beautifying tonic, I’ve been cutting it with apple cider vinegar for a more powerful punch. When diluted properly, apple cider vinegar can gently exfoliate skin. It does so by “digesting” dead skin cells. Neat, huh? ACV has a range of skin-friendly acids, like lactic and malic acid, plus vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It also has a pH similar to skin, so ACV can restore and balance your skin’s pH and acid mantle, which makes your skin less vulnerable to environmental damage, dehydration and breakouts. Its ability to aid skin cell turnover combined with rose water’s softening properties make this toner a must-have in my routine.
Rose Water & Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
What you need:
To begin, use a ratio of 3 parts rose water to 1 part ACV. If ACV isn’t diluted enough, it can really sting. Combine the rose water and ACV in a small bottle. I like to use 1 oz amber Boston Round bottles. Shake well with each use and apply using a cotton round.
You can work your way up to a 2 to 1 ratio of rose water to ACV or even equal parts, but go with less ACV until you know how your skin responds. It’s really important to use raw, unfiltered ACV. For the rosewater, you have options. Cortas is a nice affordable place to start, but there are organic rose waters out there. I may try the Poppy Austin Rose Water next, which says it’s organic but does not have USDA certification.
I use this toner after cleansing my face in the morning and evening. It refreshes and brightens, and it’s a great alternative to some of the pricier but lovely toners on the market.
Do you make your own toner? What’s your favorite?