Like many beauty regimens that we take for granted today, toners became popular in the 1930’s. During the WWI, supplies were scarce and demand for cleaners was high. As a result, synthetic compounds were created to make up fill the demand. What they created was essentially petroleum based detergents for cleaning. The availability and price made it ideal for mass producing and soon became the norm for household cleanliness.
Although these detergents have certainly served a purpose, they also required more products to reverse the damage they cause to skin and hair when used regularly. That is where toners came in, to combat the harsher alkaline nature of detergents with a more acidic solution to even out the skin’s natural oils.
We get a lot of questions about toners because, well, we probably grew up thinking it was a necessary part of our regimen. Using natural soaps and oils can greatly reduce the need for daily toner treatment, but it certainly doesn’t mean toners are all bad either. Although we find claims that toners tighten skin to actually be a stretch, there is a lot of support for toners to help balance the pH of skin as well as protect the skin from impurities, especially in make up.
Unfortunately most conventional toners are full of alcohol, additives, parabens and unnecessary chemicals. If you do use a toner as part of your beauty routine, we recommend making it a green beauty product. They are cheap and easy to find, so don’t waste your money and beauty on high end chemically ladened products.
Witch hazel is naturally anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. It is a great choice for both oily and dry skin because it helps lock in moisture. In addition, it is known to help reduce the appearance of acne and skin irritations. You can find witch hazel at most natural food stores, and it is very affordable. This is my personal choice for a natural or organic regimen.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, unfiltered Apple cider vinegar can help to break up the bonds between dead skin cells to keep skin pores open. Like witch hazel, it can improve acne and acne scars. It is also a great pH balancer for oil based beauty routines, by helping to remove excess oils in skin and natural hair too. Apple Cider Vinegar is also super cheap and has many health benefit too. If you choose to use this product, you will want to dilute it. Here is a ratio recommendation from http://coconutsandkettlebells.com
For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water
For normal/dry skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water
For oily skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water
Note: One “part” is any measurement you chose to use. So, if you’re following the sensitive skin ratio, you’ll mix 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar with 4 tbsp water.