A rant about apple cider toner

A little googling around on the internet will give you blog after blog after blog about DIY toners with apple cider vinegar. Now, I personally love DIY stuff. I think everyone should tinker at home and use what they learn to make. And if it works well for them, then all the better!  In fact I’m sharing some recipes here on The O Word that make all skin types happy.  We know toners help the skin by balancing the pH, minimizing the look of pores,  and preparing the skin to receive the serums and moisturizers to come.

Skin’s perfect pH is between 4.8-5.5. When you wash your face with soap you may disrupt the acid mantle on the skin’s surface, drying it out and raising the pH. It will naturally correct, of course, but a toner corrects the pH immediately. Toners must be at the pH stated above so that it gently brings the skin back to balance. Anything higher, and you are moving your skin toward the basic end, anything lower, and you move into the acidic territory.

Apple cider vinegar is in the dangerously acidic territory with a pH of 2-2.5. This means every time you use it on your face you are damaging your skin with acid, rather than gently bringing it back into balance. Using it as a toner everyday will damage your skin. Period. It is just a matter of time and how healthy your skin was to begin with. 

While some people are diluting their vinegar toner with water, which will help, and some are adding essential oils to it, (furthering skin sensitivity), not one of the recipes or directions in any of these blogs talk about testing the final pH or adding a preservative to it. This to me is a GIGANTIC red flag as it is only someone who doesn’t understand anything about skin would be this irresponsible. There may be enough acid in the toner to kill all bacteria, but it will also kill your skin’s probiotics (good bacteria) at the same time. 

You can get a cheap pH tester at the drug store that will give you a close enough ballpark of the pH of the products you make or buy. 

Ok, I’ve taken up a lot of time in this rant/warning, so the next post I’ll give you a real professional toner recipe that you can make, use safely, and if you want to, actually sell.

xo, Jacci

Jacci Russ

Our founder Jacci, combines her background in Marine Biology and Organic Cosmetic Science for high performance, yet clean skincare using ocean-based ingredients. She has traveled the world in search of strange spa treatments and perfect pizza. Dreamer and Doer. Adventuress, animal activist, recovering cheese addict. Read more about Jacci.