I make a lot of my own stuff because I’m poor. Like laundry detergent, fabric softener, body wash, deodorant, conditioner, cough syrup, and brewin’ the amazingness that is Kombucha. But I recently stumbled upon (and slightly adapted) a recipe from the fabulous Lindsay over at Delighted Momma for a skin-clearing Thyme Facial Toner that is MIND BLOWING, and I would make/use it even if I was swimming in hundred dollar bills.
To preface, I am not one of those lucky chickadees that grew out of those pesky breakouts when I happily passed beyond with my teenage years. No sirree. They have hounded me like a banshee on an omen bender. Consquently, I have tried every available skin-clearing, acne-fighting, miracle-promising, piece of crap toner on the budget-friendly market. There might be some kickass product out there made by Clarins or some such, but that little bit of high-dollar magic won’t be found in the medicine cabinets of us chickens. And the stuff I can afford just hasn’t worked for me. I was reduced to using rubbing alcohol on my face which, while effective for surface acne, is drying and super irritating to the skin.
So when I stumbled across Lindsay’s website and this wonderful little toner recipe comprised of two ingredients that I already had in my kitchen, I jumped on the homemade toner wagon lickety split. And from minute one I was hooked. This stuff is AMAZEBALLS. I’ve been using it for about 3 months and my skin is glowy and clear and happy and fabulous. I only suffer through putting on makeup for special occasions now. So add time-saving to this list of awesome.
And it’s so easy!! Here, check it out:
I spilled mine this time, so the bottle didn’t fill up all the way. I make just enough to use in about 3 weeks, so that I can keep it in the bathroom without refrigerating it – but if you want to double the recipe, it can keep in the refrigerator for longer. I would assume, however, that making more than that would allow the vinegar+thyme solution to lose some potency. This is the best toner I have ever used. The first week or so that I applied it, I experienced a little stinging upon application, and the fragrance is like-whoa-strong -vinegary; but the stinging stopped as my face began to clear up, and I’m forgiving of its odorousness because it’s magical.
Oh!! Directions!! Wash face – apply liberally with cotton pad, avoiding eye area – let your skin get mostly dry – apply moisturizer as usual. I even use this on my chest following post-workout-showers so there’s none of that whack sports bra breakout business going on.
Anyway, the point is – it’s awesome. And affordable. And simple. And natural. Epic win I say. Epic win.
~ J ~