Reasons Why Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Is Getting More Popular In The Past Decade

Apple cider vinegar is a wonder tonic which has ample beauty benefits.  This includes all the skin-related issues such as acne, dark spots, sunburns, pigmentation, dry skin, oily skin and many more.

It is actually made by fermenting apple juice with bacteria and yeast to obtain alcohol. In the second fermentation step, by adding yeast alcohol is converted to vinegar because of acetic acid-forming bacteria. [1]

This age-old home remedy has been medicinally used in cosmetic products. Cleopatra used this Apple Cider Vinegar toner as a face cleanser, The Romans used ACV as a toner and other people used it to heal wounds. With just a single tablespoon, apple cider vinegar can work wonders on your skin and very low in calories, ACV is a perfect tonic for weight watchers.

Keep reading to know the beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar and how to prepare the ACV toner to get flawless skin.

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What Are The Beauty Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar Toner?

Beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar

Here are the beauty benefits of using apple cider vinegar toner supported by science.

  • Fights Acne

Due to the presence of components like acetic acid, lactic acid and citric acid ACV can hinder the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Lactic acid can help reduce scarring and pigmentation caused by acne or zits. The naturally acidic components in ACV kills the bacteria and removes dirt, excess oils or bacteria from clogged pores. [2]

Also, with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties apple cider vinegar helps to maintain clear and perfect skin texture.

  • A Skin exfoliator

The Alpha hydroxyl acid in apple cider vinegar acts as a skin exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and regenerate new cells. AHA will effectively remove acne, acne scars and pigmentation. With moisturizing properties, it firms the skin, improves skin tone, removes fine lines or wrinkles, reverses signs of aging, and smoothens the skin. [3]

  • Perfect Skin Toner

Apple cider vinegar toner is a potent and naturally antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal substance. It’s an ideal toner for your skin to regulate the pH level of your skin, tighten the pores, and improve blood circulation. ACV has the potential to keep skin issues at bay with the astringent properties. [4]

By improving blood circulation, ACV cleanses and minimize the pores. Thereby, it’s a great remedy for acne-prone and oily skin.

  • Has Antimicrobial properties

Apple cider vinegar is an extremely potent microbial substance which inhibits the growth of bacteria in the pores. The antimicrobial properties are not only responsible to control bacteria but also provide with a host of therapeutic benefits for your skin. [5]

  • Improve Sunburns

It’s a well-known ingredient to heal and cure sunburnt skin. It soothes the inflammation and fastens the healing process. So, if you have got a sunburnt skin, don’t forget to use apple cider vinegar on your inflamed skin. [6]

  •  For Hair Problems

Dandruff develops because of fungus that resides on the scalp. The anti-fungal properties in apple cider vinegar can act against the fungus or bacteria to mitigate dandruff. The acetic acid in ACV also remove residue and help you get soft and shiny hair. Acidic properties in apple cider vinegar balances pH levels of the scalp which decreases further fungal growth.

Dryness and dandruff can make hair look dull. Apple cider vinegar toner restores lustre and shine to your hair when it’s used as a hair toner. [7]

Furthermore, ACV absorbs and retains moisture in the cuticles of your hair. Thereby it leads to a smooth or silky hair with no tangles, frizziness and split ends. Thereupon apple cider vinegar is an excellent remedy to stimulate hair growth and reduce hair fall. [8]

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How To Prepare Apple Cider Vinegar Toner For Skin And Hair

Needless to say, home ingredients or remedies are the ideal ways to treat skin related problems. One such excellent ingredient is apple cider vinegar. You can prepare a toner with ACV ingredient in several ways. However, before you make an ACV toner at your home, you need to know your skin type and what kind of ingredients suit your skin type. So, considering the needs of your skin is beneficial to ward off side effects which lead to skin irritation, inflammation and many.

Here are the different ways to make apple cider vinegar toner to get beautiful skin.

1. ACV and Green tea toner

green tea and apple cider vinegar toner
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup Green tea
  • 1/2 cup Distilled Water
Directions

Brew two bags of green tea and pour the solution into 1/4 cup ACV and 1/2 cup distilled water. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and pour into a spray bottle or glass jar. Spray it all over your face or hair’s scalp. Massage the areas thoroughly for a while and then rinse off. Store the toner in a refrigerator, which keeps it for 2 weeks.

Why does this work?

Green tea has got anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can repair damaged skin. The antioxidants in apple cider vinegar can flush out toxins from your skin, fights the aging process and banish blemishes or wrinkles. [9] Whilst ACV will gently exfoliate and restore the skin’s pH balance.

2. ACV and Essential oils toner

essential oils and apple cider vinegar toner
Ingredients:
  • 2-3 drops Orange essential oil
  • 1/4 cup ACV
  • 2-3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2-3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1/2 cup Distilled water
Directions

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and pour it into a spray bottle or glass jar. After cleansing your skin, spray this mix all over your face and scalp. Massage the areas thoroughly for a while and then rinse off. Store the toner in a refrigerator, which keeps it for 2 weeks.

Why does this work?

Orange essential oil cleanses and tightens your skin. It can also balance oil production which is responsible for acne, scars, and blemishes. The lavender essential oil is incredible for calming and soothing the inflamed skin, Whereas, the Lemon essential oil is beneficial in brightening and toning the skin with its antioxidant properties.

3. ACV toner hair mask

honey and acv toner
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup organic Honey
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
Directions

Mix slightly equal parts of apple cider vinegar and honey and store in a spray bottle. After thoroughly shampooing, your hair just spritz some of this toner onto your scalp and hair. Leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse off. Repeat it thrice or twice a week.

Why does this work?

If you’re worrying with dry and damaged hair, this apple cider vinegar and honey hair mask will restore lustre and shine to your hair. It promotes healthy hair growth since this toner absorbs and retains moisture in the cuticles of your hair. Thereby it leads to a smooth or silky hair with no tangles, frizziness and split ends. [10]

4. Chamomile and Apple cider vinegar toner

chamomile tea and acv toner
Ingredients:
  • 1 bag Chamomile Tea (Buy from here: India | USA
  • 1 Tsp Honey
  • 8-10 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
Directions

Pour a cup of boiled water into a container with a chamomile tea bag. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes and then remove the tea bag by straining solids from the tea. To that, add honey and apple cider vinegar and stir well. Pour the mix into a spray bottle and spray some of the toner all over your cleansed face or scalp. Allow it to dry for 10 minutes and rinse off.

Why does this work? 

This homemade toner with chamomile tea help in soothing, balancing and cleansing your skin. The combination of apple cider vinegar and chamomile tea will soothe or calm your skin, help maintain a pH balance or even combat harmful bacteria that causes acne. The addition of honey to this toner will keep your skin moisturised and supple. [11][12]

5. DIY Toner Tonic with ACV

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Distilled Water
  • Few drops Sweet Almond oil
  • 1 Green tea bag
  • Essential Oil (Tea tree, Rosehip or Lavender)
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
Directions

Pour a cup of boiled water into a container with a Green tea bag. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes and then remove the tea bag by straining solids from the tea. To that, add sweet almond oil, any essential oil and apple cider vinegar and stir well. Pour the mix into a spray bottle and spray some of the toner all over your cleansed face or scalp. Allow it to dry for 10 minutes and rinse off.

Why does this work?

The combination of such ingredients with antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties will be great for treating acne or dark spots. This toner is quite potent, therefore if you’re allergic to any ingredients swap out them with other carrier oils or essential oils which suits your skin type.

6. DIY Apple cider vinegar toner for acne

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Distilled Water
  • 1/2 cup organic ACV
  • 5 drops of Tea tree essential oil
  • 1 Tbsp Aloe vera juice
Directions

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a glass bottle. Using a cotton pad, dab some of the toner onto your cleansed skin. Let it dry for a few seconds and rinse off. Store the toner in a refrigerator, which keeps it for 2 weeks.

Why does this work?

This is a gentle restorative tonic for your skin to get rid of acne, oily skin, blemishes, dark spots, and fine lines. The astringent and antibacterial properties will tighten the skin.

7. ACV and Rosewater for oily skin

Ingredients:
  • 30ml Rosewater
  • 5ml apple cider vinegar
Directions

Mix both the ingredients and transfer the solution into a spray bottle. Using a cotton pad, dab some toner onto your cleansed skin and leave until it dries. Later, rinse off and apply a moisturiser.

Why does this work?

Rosewater has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce acne, inflammation and irritation caused by acne. It’s also a great cleanser which helps in removing dead skin cells, excess oils and bacteria from clogged pores. On the other hand, Apple cider vinegar is an extremely potent microbial substance which inhibits the growth of bacteria. [13][14]

8. Rice water toner with ACV

rice water and apple cider vinegar toner
Ingredients:
  • Rice water
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 5 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops Clary Sage essential oil
Directions

Firstly, soak a cup of rice in two cups of distilled water. After 10 minutes, strain the rice. To the white milky solution, add apple cider vinegar and equal amounts of essential oils. Stir all the ingredients well and pour into a spray bottle. Using a cotton pad, dab some toner onto your cleansed skin and leave until it dries. Later, rinse off and apply a moisturiser.

Why does this work?

This toner is an extremely potent microbial substance which inhibits the growth of bacteria in the pores. The antimicrobial properties also provide a host of therapeutic benefits for your skin. To add a good aroma to the toner you can add grapefruit. clary sage or any other essential oil of your choice. [15]

9. Witch Hazel + ACV toner 

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Witch Hazel
  • 1 cup Distilled Water
  • 5 drops of Lavender or Frankincense essential oil
Directions

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and transfer them into a spray bottle. Using a cotton pad, dab some toner onto your cleansed skin and leave until it dries. Later, rinse off and apply a moisturiser.

Why does this work?

Witch hazel acts as an astringent to shrink your pores by preventing acne-causing bacteria from entering your pores. This amazing toner will be a perfect solution for cleansing your skin and making it flawless. [16][17]

10. ACV solution

apple cider vinegar toner
Ingredients:
  • 4 parts of Distilled water
  • 1 part of Apple cider vinegar
Directions

Pour one part of apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle and add 4 parts of distilled water into the solution. Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Using a cotton pad, dab some toner onto your cleansed skin and leave until it dries. Later, rinse off and apply a moisturiser.

How does this work?

Due to the presence of components like acetic acid, lactic acid and citric acid ACV can hinder the growth of acne-causing bacteria. The naturally acidic components in ACV kills the bacteria and removes dirt, excess oils or bacteria from clogged pores. [18]

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Tips On How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

  • In order to dilute apple cider vinegar, you must follow the below measurement ratio depending on your skin type,
    • Sensitive/Dry skin – 1:4 ratio (1 part of ACV and 4 parts of water or any liquid of your choice)
    • Normal/ Combination skin – 1:2 ratio (1 part of ACV and 2 parts of water or any liquid of your choice)
    • Oily skin – 1:1 ratio (1 part of ACV and 1 part of water or any liquid of your choice)
  • Apple cider vinegar has got a foul smell. You might feel the smell to be sickening. So, you can add essential oils like clary sage, lavender, frankincense, rose to eliminate the foul odour.
  • When you apply apple cider vinegar on acne, pores, inflamed or dry skin, it might sting a bit. That said, you need not worry because when it stings it actually fights the infection and cleanses your skin. However, don’t apply on the broken skin,
  • Always get hands-on organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother unflavoured. Most importantly, do a patch test before trying ACV or its combination with other natural ingredients.
  • Always dilute ACV with water or other liquids like hydrosol before applying.
  • ACV is highly acidic with a pH value of 3.0. Therefore, using this toner frequently may not be good for all skin types, especially if the skin has issues.

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Where To Buy Pure And Organic Apple Cider Vinegar?

apple cider vinegar

Buy from here: USA | India

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Up to the very end!

Apple cider vinegar toner contains antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal substances that open your skin pores and prevent skin infections. Incorporating ACV toner into your beauty routine makes it more effective in treating acne or pimples. However, don’t forget to use this toner based on your skin type preferences.

Over to you!

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