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ACV Toner / Aspirin Tea Mask / Thanks! [Feb. 28th, 2007|04:14 pm]
Alternative Skin Care


First of all, I want to thank everybody who replied to my previous entry about ACV, aspirin masks and scalp problems!  I took all of your scalp suggestions into consideration and I'm hoping that I'll be flake free soon in the future.  :D

ACV Toner
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.

[User Picture]From: plangge
2007-02-28 09:43 pm (UTC)
How often do you use either of these? You've sold them so well I want to try them out now!
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[User Picture]From: sittolytic
2007-02-28 09:48 pm (UTC)
I use the toner morning and night after cleansing. :)
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[User Picture]From: sittolytic
2007-02-28 09:50 pm (UTC)
Whoops, forgot to comment about the mask.

I've only just recently started using the mask, so I've only done it a couple of times. I'm planning on using it maybe once or twice a week, because I really like it.
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[User Picture]From: plangge
2007-02-28 10:30 pm (UTC)
Great, thanks! I'll give this a try next time I pick up groceries (so I can get green tea and more jojoba oil).
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[User Picture]From: plangge
2007-03-18 06:13 am (UTC)
This toner has been a godsend for my face. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: sittolytic
2007-02-28 09:52 pm (UTC)
*is loved*

I hope they work for you! Be strong when you apply the ACV, its aroma totally caught me off guard the first time I used it. I still get light headed thinking about it. lol
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[User Picture]From: sittolytic
2007-03-01 04:34 am (UTC)
Haha, that ACV story kills me. :D
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[User Picture]From: a_cherry_on_top
2007-02-28 10:25 pm (UTC)
The toner sounds awesome and much less harsh than the straight ACV I've been using. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: presspause
2007-03-01 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'm so excited to try that toner. As soon as I get the time, I'm going to make some and then probably fall completely in love with it.
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[User Picture]From: meruness
2007-03-01 12:44 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing what you came up with! these sound great, will definitely give them a try :D
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[User Picture]From: greengrower
2007-03-01 04:15 am (UTC)
I really enjoy the way you present what you share. It is a treat to read and the process seems so clear and easy. I hope you write books. Please let me know if you do.
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[User Picture]From: sittolytic
2007-03-01 02:21 pm (UTC)
Haha, well I do do some writing on the side, but it's mostly audio drama scripts, fiction and short memoirs. I would love to write a book some day, but I have no idea what it would be about. I always liked the title "I Pee Crooked" and somehow want to tailor a memoir around that.

Thanks for the compliments, though! I've never had anyone say that to me before. :D
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From: peachyrad
2007-04-11 12:55 pm (UTC)
"I always liked the title "I Pee Crooked" and somehow want to tailor a memoir around that."

*raises eyebrow* but do you? lol

re: acv toner... how acidic is your apple cider vinegar? mine is 5% but there were bottles there that were much higher acidity. also, i forgot to steep my green tea bags for 30 minutes, it was more like 10, do you think this will really make a difference? have i stuffed it? :S

thank you for yr post

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From: peachyrad
2007-04-11 12:57 pm (UTC)
ps. also, what oil would you recommmend as a moisturiser following ocm + the toner, if i have dry to normal skin? jojoba? sweet almond? grapeseed?
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[User Picture]From: madra_rua
2007-03-01 05:34 am (UTC)
AHHH! I love this! Thanks so much for posting! I tried the toner and I'm amazed how well my skin appeared afterwards! I didn't have any chamomile tea and it still turned out wonderful. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: sittolytic
2007-03-01 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it worked out for you! I am so in love with it, it's not even funny. :)
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From: dure_realite
2007-03-01 11:07 am (UTC)
Ooh I need to try this out thank you very much for the recipes!

Do you use the toner after OCM and just leave it like that?
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[User Picture]From: sittolytic
2007-03-01 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, I wash with OCM, apply the toner and for all intents and purposes, just leave it like that.

I do have to admit, though, that a couple weeks ago, I started using this product by Godiva Skincare that you're supposed to put on after cleansing and toning called "LicoWhite Skin Brightening Cream" that uses glabridin from licorice extract to even out and fade skin discoloration from age spots, scars, exposure to the sun, etc.

It does contain stabilizers and preservatives and stuff like that, though, so it is not all-natural, but it works and doesn't break me out, so I use it. I really don't need moisturizer because OCM and the oils I put in my toner do all the moisturizing I need, so in the morning I only apply it to affected areas because it tends to make my face shiny. In the evening, I use it all over, since nobody's going to see me.
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[User Picture]From: maewitch
2007-03-01 07:01 pm (UTC)
How long does this last? I'd just be concerned with germies growing in there, especially with the oil presence.
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[User Picture]From: captain_risu
2007-06-18 04:12 am (UTC)
i'm no expert, but i'm thinking the ACV will help keep germies down, since vinegar is used for cleaning
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[User Picture]From: kjames
2007-03-29 04:53 pm (UTC)
okay, i found this post from another recent post, and i have a question: how much tea tree oil do you put in the toner? i really want to try this. i'm juuuust starting out with OCM (i've been using proactive, and all the raving about OCM is making me want to try it!). as in, i just washed with it for the first time last night. i have tea tree oil and ACV... well, everything BUT the jojoba and the asprin. so would you say like a couple drops of the TTO? or what? help!
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[User Picture]From: captain_risu
2007-06-18 04:13 am (UTC)
i'm also very curious, i'd like to add TTO to my next batch of toner, but i have no idea what ammounts i should add.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-06-25 08:03 am (UTC)

hi! how long does the toner stay fresh?

hi! i love this toner! just wanted to know how long does this toner stay fresh? can we use malt vinegar instead of acv?
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