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Friday, August 26, 2011

Easy Apple Mint Skin Toner

Submitted by Lois Rain on August 26, 2011 – 3:44 pm

Toners are great for polishing and priming the skin after washing and before makeup if wearing. They remove soap and dirt residue and refresh and moisturize the complexion.

Conventional toners allow chemicals to absorb into the skin and strip the important facial acid layer. Plus, they are just too darn drying. Unless using only witch hazel.

This recipe is a super easy to make, inexpensive toner great for both women and men.

~Health Freedoms

Homemade Apple Mint Skin Toner

This homemade skin toner will improve the texture of skin without the use of synthetic chemicals and costly ingredients. It's refreshing and light, like summer. Yet it's made with simple ingredients everyone is likely to have on hand — a pinch of mint from the pots on your front porch, some apple cider vinegar, soft water. This is homemade skin toner that you could eat.

Years ago a friend challenged me with a simple question. "You know," she began, "your skin absorbs 70% of what you slather on it; so why would you want to put weird chemicals and other junk on it just to make it feel nice?" I started doing for my skin care products what I'd done with my food — looking at ingredients labels. Skin toner, lotion, gentle cleansers. It didn't matter. They were all costly and had labels that read like chemistry textbooks. So, I stopped using them. I started using skin care products that I could happily eat. Organic coconut oil and ghee became my new lotions, goat milk and honey my new soaps, essential oils my fragrances.

Then I stumbled across this homemade skin toner recipe in one of my favorite books, and I had to give it a try. I was hooked.

The book is called The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs and is published by Readers Digest. Full of beautiful, full-color photography and artwork, the book is a reference guide, a tome of herbal wisdom, and an idea bag rolled up into one. It's the perfect book for an herbal beginner like me.

And it's beautiful. Not only is looking at it inspiring (everything looks so easy and approachable!), but actually doing a few of the things in the books makes your life just that much more beautiful. You'll learn how to make beautiful herbal sachets for your pillows, homemade cosmetics like this homemade skin toner, teas, salves, and everything in between.

Apple cider vinegar alone makes a useful astringent that can help clear up oily or blemished skin, but many find the scent to be too off-putting or the straight vinegar to be too acidic. That's where this recipe for homemade apple mint skin toner comes to the rescue. The mint infusion makes the skin toner pleasant, and the added water dilutes the acidity to the perfect levels for daily use.

Homemade Apple Mint Skin Toner: The Recipe

Homemade Skin Toner: The Players

  • 3 tsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups soft water

Homemade Skin Toner: The How-To

1) Place the mint and apple cider vinegar in a screw top jar. Leave on your counter top for 7 days. The mint infuses the vinegar and gives it a delightful aroma.

2) Strain the liquid into a bowl and add the water to your vinegar mixture. Stir well, and pour your newly created homemade apple mint skin toner into a clean, lidded jar and store in a cool place.

3) Enjoy! So simple, and it creates a beautiful and refreshing toner perfect for countering the effects of summer heat.

I wrote this post while participating in the Sowing Millions Project by Real Food Media on behalf of Seeds of Change. I received product to facilitate my post. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and not of those of Real Food Media or Seeds of Change.





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