As I’ve expressed in quite a few posts before, I’m pretty picky about what I put on and in my body. My general rule is that if I can’t easily read an ingredient or don’t know what it’s sourced from, I won’t use it. I honestly cannot remember the last time I bought some sort of facial cleanser or any facial product.. It’s probably been about ten years. I’ve just been using a mild soap with warm water to cleanse my face, and I’ve been pretty successful. A few weeks ago, I was paging through the book my mom has on her coffee table about different uses for vinegar and I happened upon a paragraph about using it as a skin cleanser.
I figured I’d give it a go, and for a couple of weeks now, I’ve been using apple cider vinegar on my face. It works as a cleanser, astringent, and toner. I’ve noticed that my skin seems softer, smoother, and not oily. I don’t have acne, but sure, I do get blemishes. Perhaps coincidentally (but only time will tell), I’ve not had any breakouts since I started using this on my skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal qualities as well as helps balance the pH levels of skin. It can sting a bit if you mix it too strongly, so be sure it’s diluted properly. From my research I found that some people with acne experienced their skin getting worse before it got better, but I think that holds true to switching almost any facial cleanser. Also, it does stink a little when you first put it on, but as it dries, the smell disappears.
The ingredients are simple and inexpensive….
1:4 Ratio of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to filtered water (if you have really sensitive or dry skin, I would recommend starting with a 1:8 ratio, so that it’s more diluted and you can see how your skin reacts)
I pour my mixture into a small mason jar and keep it sealed on my bathroom shelf.
After I’ve washed my face with a mild soap and water, I dip a cottonball or cotton pad in this solution and wipe my face with it. I let it dry and add moisturizer if I feel I need it, but I find that the ACV wash cleanses my skin without drying it.
Have any of you ever made your own facial cleanser?