The relatively low concentration of acetic acid has keratolytic (AHA like) and exfoliating effects on the skin. Most cleansers have a higher pH than the skin, and ACV Toner helps lower pH to neutralize the alkaline Cleanser.
I’ve been using low concentrations of ACV in my Toner, not above 7%. The key is to pay attention to how your skin reacts to that amount of ACV in your Toner and adjust the ratio of acetic acid in it. Begin with 3% of 5% Apple Cider Vinegar in summertime, and have increased it to 7% in winter.
Please be careful, test this Toner on the forearm before applying on your face!
For VERY sensitive skin please start off with 1% of ACV!
Please make sure you are using 5% Apple Cider Vinegar,
otherwise change the recipe to adjust the ratio of acetic acid in it!
I suggest making small amounts of this Toner because you will go through it so quickly, so you wouldn't need to preserve it. In Water phase you can add aloe gel, hydrosols, rose water, etc. Usually I use plain water in this Toner.
The Recipe for 60ml (2oz) 3% ACV Exfoliating Toner (using 5% Apple Cider Vinegar)
Apple Cider Vinegar – 1.8 ml
Water (or Aloe Vera Gel, or Rose Water) – 58.2 ml
The Recipe for 60ml (2oz) 5% ACV Exfoliating Toner (using 5% Apple Cider Vinegar)
Apple Cider Vinegar – 3 ml
Water (or Aloe Vera Gel, or Rose Water) – 57 ml
The Recipe for 60ml (2oz) 7% ACV Exfoliating Toner (using 5% Apple Cider Vinegar)
Apple Cider Vinegar – 4.2 ml
Water (or Aloe Vera Gel, or Rose Water) – 55.8 ml
Instructions: Measure with disposable syringe or measuring spoons, mix up and use :)
Shelf Life and usage:60 ml (2oz) is enough for 1 week, so you will only need to make it once a week. Please add the preservative of your choice to this product if you are keeping it longer than a week.
How to use: Just soak a cotton pad/ball with Toner and gently apply to the face and neck. Please use it at night, ACV Toner is acidic,so please stay out of the sun after using it or wear sunscreen.
Don't apply to broken, irritated or sensitive skin. If your skin becomes red, itchy, irritated or burned, please stop using or dilute the Toner with more water. Try not to get it in your eyes. If you did, simply rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.