The act of cleansing, toning and moisturizing dates back thousands of years. Evidence shows ancient cultures utilized avocado, palm oil, olive oils, and spices for moisturizing, animal fats and salts for cleansing, and botanical waters and natural astringents for “freshening” the skin.
In fact, in the early 1900s, women (our great grandmothers!) were still making their own skin care products for toning and brightening skin from unprocessed milks, lemon juice, witch hazel, and vinegar.
The recipe for this Herbal Facial Toner uses Apple Cider Vinegar and Chamomile. This toner balances the natural pH of the skin, and breaks up the bonds between dead skin cells (exfoliating) to keep skin pores open. It also can lighten sun and age spots, and can improve acne and acne scars. And lastly, it’s great for freshening and removing excess oils and make up that may have been left behind.
Place the water in a canning jar and heat for 1 1/2 minutes. Add the herbs and screw on the lid. Shake. Cool the mixture before adding the Apple Cider Vinegar. Place it in a warm, dark place. Shake the mixture daily and strain out the herbs after one week. Discard the Chamomile. Store the liquid, and use it within six months.
How to use your Herbal Facial Toner:
Clean skin with cleanser, wash off with warm water.
Pat excess water off with a dry towel.
Pour a small amount of toner onto a cotton ball and apply to the face. If you do not wish to use cotton balls, you may also spritz the face with toner stored in a spray bottle. Just be sure to close your eyes first!