In the past few months, I’ve written a small handful of fashion and beauty posts that were specifically geared toward older women like myself. And I have to say, I have been pleasantly surprised at all of the positive feedback I’ve gotten about those posts! I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to create content specifically for this demographic, because we tend to be glossed over or ignored completely by many beauty and fashion blogs! And just because we’re a little older doesn’t mean we can’t keep looking fabulous. ;-) So even though I’m not an expert in fashion or beauty, it has been well worth the effort of educating myself further to be able to offer tips and advice to other women like me! And that’s exactly what I’ll be doing in today’s post.
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Today I’ll be sharing a homemade facial toner and brightener that’s perfect for aging skin. It couldn’t be simpler or quicker to make, and you’ll love the way it softens and brightens your skin! And best of all, you’ll save a fortune making this homemade version rather than buying an expensive anti-aging toner. But before we launch into making it, let me tell you a bit about what’s in it and why it works.
What’s In It?
This homemade facial toner has two main ingredients, and they each do wonders for aging skin. And you can find them both at your local grocery store!
The first ingredient is apple cider vinegar, which is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. It can also help balance the pH of your skin! Apples are naturally loaded with nutrients like potassium, pectin, malic acid, and calcium. The fermentation process used to turn those apples into apple cider vinegar fortifies these vitamins and minerals, making them even more powerful and beneficial for your skin.
The second active ingredient in this homemade formula is plain old aspirin! Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is the most commonly used beta-hydroxy acid in skincare products. It clears away excess oil, cleans out your pores, and exfoliates your skin to loosen and remove dead skin cells. When used together, apple cider vinegar and aspirin make a winning combination that can help revitalize and brighten aging skin! :-)
Now that you know a little bit more about why it works, it’s time to learn how to make it!
Homemade Anti-Aging Toner And Brightener
- 1/2 oz organic apple cider vinegar (about 1 Tbsp)
- 3 oz mineral water or distilled water (about 6 Tbsp)
- 5 plain, uncoated aspirin tablets OR 2 BC powder packets
Step 1 – Stir the apple cider vinegar into the mineral or distilled water.
Step 2 – Use a mortar and pestle or the bottom of a small drinking glass to crush aspirin tablets into a powder. (If using powder packets, skip to the next step.)
Step 3 – Add the crushed or powdered aspirin to the mixture of apple cider vinegar and water, and stir well. Pour the mixture into a small bottle for storage.
How To Use Your Homemade Skin Toner
Apply the toner sparingly using a cotton pad to a clean face. Follow up with a moisturizer to prevent dryness. Store the bottle in your fridge, where it will stay fresh for one month.