Natural Cleansers Used Before an Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple cider vinegar is made from pressed apples.

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Natural skin care remedies are not only eco-friendly but good for the green in your wallet. Apple cider vinegar is a traditional beauty aid known for its skin-boosting nutrients. A natural toner just cries out for all-natural cleansers, and you can't go wrong with baking soda and castor oil.

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Your skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells. Toners help wipe away these teeny flakes so they can't make your skin look dull or – even worse – clog your pores, encouraging breakouts. Most toners contain either an astringent, which can be drying, or an alpha-hydroxy acid, which encourages your skin to make fresh, new cells.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural, gentle abrasive that exfoliates your skin without making minute scratches, the way apricot seed scrubs can. Baking soda is pH-balanced, so using it with apple cider vinegar helps keep the acid-to-base ratio on the surface of your skin balanced. Put a teaspoon or so into a dollop of your usual cleanser or mix it with warm water to thin it a little. Massage it gently into your skin and rinse with lukewarm water.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is known for its cleansing properties, and following it with an apple cider vinegar cleanser ensures clog-free pores. Thin your castor oil with a bit of sunflower seed oil and massage it into your skin, making little circles with the tips of your fingers. Lay a damp, hot washcloth over your face and let it sit for a minute or two. Wipe the oils off and follow with a little bit of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids along with nutrients such as calcium, potassium, copper and iron. Natural apple cider is best, but make sure it's been pasteurized, because raw apple cider vinegar can contain bacteria. Wet a cotton ball with a bit of apple cider vinegar and swipe it gently all over your face after cleansing to encourage fresh new cells to grow. Just don't get it in your eyes – it will sting like crazy.

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