When it comes to skincare, I find the easier the better. Apple cider vinegar is definitely one of my quintessential must-haves in my arsenal of DIY skin care. Apple cider vinegar is made from fermenting apples. Bacteria and yeast break down the sugars in the apples into alcohol, and when the alcohol ferments further the final product is vinegar. Apples are already loaded with potassium, pectin, malic acid and calcium but the fermentation process creates “the mother”, which are cloudy strings that normally settle on the bottom of the bottle. “The mother” is choke full of beneficial enzymes and trace minerals that are very beneficial to both skin and internally alkalinizing the body to maintain a healthy pH level.
The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid, however it also contains lactic, citric and malic acids, which give apple cider vinegar alpha hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA’s) are very beneficial in reducing and softening wrinkles and fine lines as well as gentle exfoliation to draw toxins and dead skin cells out of skin leaving a youthful and clean glow. AHA’s have also been documented in curbing signs of aging skin especially when it comes to age spots and skin blemishes.
Raw, unheated, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
¼ cup lavender
- Place ¼ cup of lavender in a mason jar.
- Shake the apple cider vinegar to distribute “the mother” and pour over the lavender.
- Lavender is less dense than the apple cider vinegar (in other words lavender is lighter) so the herb will float. Cap your container tightly and shake gently so the lavender absorbs the vinegar.
- Leave mix to infuse for 3-4 days, shaking the bottle at least once a day.
- Filter the lavender- apple cider vinegar.
The pH of the lavender-apple cider vinegar will range between 2.8-3.3 depending on the crop of apples. My batch measured pH 3.
Skin pH ranges between 4.5 and 5.5 therefore at pH 3; the apple cider vinegar on the low end is at least 100 times more acidic than the skin. This explains why apple cider vinegar stings when used on skin without dilution. Compared to stronger acids like sulfuric or nitric acids, apple cider vinegar is chemically a weak acid but it is a potent acid when it comes to applications. For my dry sensitive face, diluting the apple cider vinegar is a necessary step.
Facial Toner Recipe:
- ¼ cup of the lavender-infused apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup aloe vera juice
- 2/3 cup distilled water
- Mix everything together, stir and bottle
Important: Before using the toner, do patch tests to make sure the facial toner does not react with your skin. Also, the ratio of water, aloe vera juice and the apple cider vinegar will vary based on your skin type and tolerance. For sensitive skin, dilute the apple cider vinegar with more water. If you tend to have oily skin then increase the amount of apple cider vinegar. Aloe Vera juice is exceptional when it comes to topical skin applications, however it’s not vital to the efficacy of the toner.