When given a task to start a money-saving cycle plan, I admit I was a bit stumped. There are so many different areas to choose from and how do I represent myself in this project. I decided to purchase a variety of things that I use the most in my life and let other people know how to make many products from the few items at the store.
With $20.00 in my pocket, I purchased Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar, 3 organic lemons, raw honey and a box of baking soda. These basic items can create beauty products, health products, cleaners and garden products. This month I would like to focus on the first product idea you can create, natural skin toner. I poured apple cider vinegar (ACV) into an empty 4 oz bottle that I had saved. I keep this bottle of ACV in my bathroom on my vanity. It is now my natural toner.
A year ago I was reading about the benefits of ACV and decided to try it as a skin toner to help with my eczema. I had tried so many different products for my mild eczema and none completely solved my skin problem. After just one week of using the natural toner, I no longer had any symptoms. While using ACV I also noticed that my pores became noticeably smaller. All of this makes so much sense when you understand the properties of ACV. Apple cider vinegar is a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic. It also balances your ph level as well. *Patricia Wexler, M.D., a New York City dermatologist explains the skins barrier called the acid mantle, “To work its best, the acid mantle should be slightly acidic, at a 5.5 pH balance. When it’s too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive; you may even get eczema. You may also experience inflammation, which inhibits the skin’s ability to ward off matrix metalloproteinases [MMPs], the enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging.”
My personal routine with the toner is to apply ACV to a cotton ball and cleanse my face in the morning and before bedtime. I do not mind the smell of vinegar, but understand others may not like it. When I first applied the ACV it did sting a bit, which I attributed that to the eczema areas that were sensitive.
This 4 oz bottle of toner will last me approximately 6 months. An average cost of facial toner varies depending on the product. Since I have never bought facial toner I thought I would look online at products that I would be interested in purchasing that had the same organic properties. I discovered *“Brittanie’s thyme” a 4 oz bottle cost $11.00. My 32 oz bottle of apple cider vinegar was $5.99., which leaves plenty of ACV to use on other products.