Thursday, July 19, 2012

supplying your toner needs...

One unexpected friend I found when I moved to St. Simons was acne. I don't know if my skin just wasn't used to the humidity or if it was the stress of moving and starting over but within a week of living here my face started breaking out.

I had never really dealt with acne growing up so I had no idea the psychological trials that go along with it. I was so discouraged because I felt that there was nothing I could do to make myself feel pretty. After months of stress and one very expensive facial I had a breakthrough. The wonderful lady that was giving me a facial explained that my skin was very unbalanced and that the type of breakouts I was having could be related to the pH of my skin. She of course recommended monthly facials and many other expensive treatments but I wanted to figure out how to do it in a sustainable and healthy way.

I started searching the internet for more information on breakouts, pH and whatever else I could find on skin care. I found out a lot of information on our skins balance and how it can cause break outs or too dry/oily skin. Once I understood that the pH of my skin could be the culprit for these break outs I wanted to find out what to do.

I quickly found many write ups on the beauty of Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar is an awesome, natural product that can do wonders for our entire body and specifically, our skin. Malic and lactic acids found in the vinegar help to soften and exfoliate your skin, can reduce red marks, and treat acne. When diluted and applied as a toner, Apple Cider Vinegar helps bring your skins pH to normal levels and helps your skin function optimally.

I have been making my own toner using Apple Cider Vinegar for months now and I have seen drastic improvement of my skin. Within two weeks I could see the redness in my face fading and I started having less breakouts. Now I used a simple bar cleanser followed with my DIY toner and then Tea Tree Oil as a spot treatment. I am outside as much as I can be so I always use a moisturizer with an spf.

DIY Toner

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 cups distilled water

Mix ingredients together and bottle it. After cleansing your face, apply the toner using a cotton pad and allow skin to dry. 

Here is another article on all the great home uses for Apple Cider Vinegar.

sources: Skinacea, HelloGiggles

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