Lately it seems all I hear about is how good for you Apple Cider Vinegar is! Specifically this stuff…raw, unfiltered, apple cider vinegar. As a matter of fact, I was at my sisters house recently and she actually made us all drink a “shot” of the stuff. Ahhhhh!!!! It was awful to drink!!!!
So, needless to say, I’m not much of a fan of drinking the stuff (although I’m trying to overcome that!)….but the I have heard SO many good things about the benefits of apple cider vinegar in general that I was intrigued when I saw this recipe at The Daily Green for a DIY Facial Toner with aspirin that promised a brighter complexion. I personally can’t pass up a promise like that! :-)
I decided to do a little research because as smart as I think my older sister is…another opinion/review never hurts. :-)
Here is what I found:
Apple cider vinegar is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, and it helps balance the pH of your skin. Apples are loaded with nutrients like potassium, pectin, malic acid and calcium. The fermentation process used to make cider vinegar from the apples fortifies the vitamins and minerals, making them even more powerful.
Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is the most frequently used beta-hydroxy acid when it comes to skin care. It clears away excess oil, cleans out your pores and exfoliates your skin to loosen and help remove dead skin cells. Sounds like a winning combination to me! (If you have delicate skin, use sparingly.)
DIY Skin Toner and Brightener
- 1/2 ounce organic apple cider vinegar
- 3 ounces mineral water (or distilled water)
- 5 plain aspirin tablets, uncoated (I used BC powders because I couldn’t find plain aspirin ANYWHERE! But I didn’t have to crush them, so that was a bonus.)
1. Dilute 1/2 ounce organic apple cider vinegar with 3 ounces water.
2. Use pestle and mortar to crush aspirin tablets. (or use BC powders)
3. Add aspirin tablet mixture to water and vinegar mix.
4. Apply toner sparingly to areas with acne, rough skin or enlarged pores. The solution will stay fresh for one month in the refrigerator.
While my skin isn’t necessarily “sensitive”…I live in a very dry area so when I tried this…I used it sparingly. I used it after I washed my face…and before I put moisturizer on. While I didn’t see any NOTICEABLE “brightening” (I’m guessing it takes more than one application)….I did like the way it made my skin feel and will continue to use it (and eventually might be brave enough to try and DRINK it again!) :-)
Are you an apple cider vinegar believer???