ACV Toner / Aspirin Tea Mask / Thanks!
I fine-tuned and completed my ACV toner recipe and it is AWESOME. I honestly never thought I would ever find a toner that actually did anything except wet my face and infuse it with lovely engineered chemicals, so I pretty much forgot about them until I ran accross ACV fanatics at the acne.org red marks forum. So I decided to give it a try. I am in love with my toner. Seriously, after I apply it my skin tone actually looks balanced! And I thought the word "toner" was just some coincidental fluke. O_O
Anyway, here's my recipe:
3 to 4 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar
4 to 5 ounces of boiled water
4 Green Tea bags
1 Chamomile Tea bag
Jojoba oil (optional) & Tea Tree oil (optional)
5-7 finely crushed plain aspirin pills
Steep the tea bags in the water and let it sit there for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, take the crushed aspirin (as powder-fine as you can get it) and stir it into the ACV and let as much of it dissolve as you can. Then, strain the ACV through a fine strainer or mesh coffee filter to filter out all of the undissolved aspirin bits. Pour this into the container/dispenser you're using (I've heard to stick with glass or plastic with ACV)
When the water is cool, be sure to squeeze out all of the trapped tea liquid from the bags before you throw them away! Combine the tea liquid with the ACV. Add a tiny bit of whatever oils you're going to use, if you decide you're going to use some. My skin really likes Jojoba, so I use that. Also, I do have acne-prone skin, so that's why I use the Tea Tree oil.
NOTE: The aspirin is optional and you can cut it out completely if you don't want to use it. I find that it helps tighten my pores and really helps in brightening my complexion after cleansing, but I know that some people are allergic to aspirin or salicylic acid (which is what aspirin breaks down into) or have sensitive skin, so it's really up to you if you decide to use it.
Aspirin Tea Mask
OK, this is my own creation, because I'm a Green Tea fanatic. :P After reading all of the raves about aspirin masks on MUA and acne.org, I decided I was going to try it--and you know what? I LOVE IT. It leaves my skin feeling soooo soft afterward and it just looks fresh and bright and, really, like I've never seen it before.
Some background on the ingredients (in case you're curious):
Aspirin breaks down into salicylic acid, which is a beta-hydroxy acid that is oil-soluble and excellent at penetrating pores past the sebum to effectively exfoliate dead skin cells and allowing newer skin to surface.
Green Tea is rich in EGCG which is a powerful anti-oxidant, protecting against harmful agents and stimulating circulation for even skin tone and proper healing.
Honey contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium chlorine, sulfur, iron and phosphate; vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6; copper, iodine and zinc (in small amounts). It's a good alternative to alpha hydroxy masks because of its acid content, yet is also good for sensitive skin. Its a natural antiseptic and also aids in healing the skin.
Here's my recipe:
5-10 finely crushed aspirin pills (depending on your liking)
1 bag of Green Tea
Jojoba oil (optional)
I put the crushed aspirin in a bowl and then run a bag of Green Tea under warm water just enough to moisten it. Then, I squeeze it out onto the aspirin, open the bag and dump out the leaves. I add just a tiny bit of Jojoba because.. well, I'm addicted to it. lol It's just a good conditioner for my skin--but you can cut it out and/or add other oils to suit your needs. Then, I add just enough honey to make a thin, spreadable paste.
I smear this on, leave it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off (I like to do a little scrubbing while I'm rinsing, but that's up to you).
After that, I stare at myself in the mirror and wonder where that other guy went.... :D
I hope you guys like these recipes.