Acne is an issue that is relatively new to me, in my teen years it was almost nonexistent but during my early 20’s, it finally made its big appearance! Through years of dealing with acne on a regular basis, I have come to firmly believe that your best skin care regime starts with your eating habits and adhering to a non-toxic lifestyle, both of these factors can set you up for success from head to toe! I’ve also posted about my quest for happy, balanced hormones which can also play a big role in controlling breakouts. But even though I feel passionately about all of these healthy habits, there are many days that my diet does not exactly conform to the “game plan”. I don’t love these incidents but I also believe in moderation, there are very few circumstances where obsessing over your diet could be considered healthy or necessary (personal opinion.) But while dealing with the aftermath of these “cheat days” my skin is usually the one of the main areas I struggle with when balancing out.
I think most girls know the struggle is so real when it comes to acne. Your skin breaks out, for whatever reason, but still have to leave the house so you cover up with makeup. And no matter how quickly you try to cleanse once you get home, it stills ends up making matters worse. So you repeat the same process the next day and the next and if you’re like me, you eventually have to face the music, ditch the foundation and you’re left with the week or so of uncomfortable honesty in the world around you until your face calms down. I’ve also never had luck with the “sensitive skin” foundations out there, the ones that are “completely non-comedogenic”, either my skin is just some sort of hybrid, acneic nightmare (which is something I have contemplated deeply) or most of those products just aren’t all they’re cracked up to be! And before you reach for just any over the counter acne remedy, I would encourage you to do your homework and be sure you don’t end up using a product that could harm your skin in the long run or, in some cases, cause internal issues. For instance, this acne treatment that I have used in the past is actually considered a “High Concern for Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity” according to the EWG, so it may not be something that young girls should be slathering all over their faces on a regular basis. Just sayin’.
Now, I’m not saying I’ve discovered a miracle cure for acne but I will say that on those nasty days of skin frustration, this toning mist has been a life saver! It calms everything down, sanitizes, and helps eliminate excess oil. I have also used this spray as a kind of “makeup setting spray” and even though my motivations are more to keep bacteria at bay while I am wearing makeup, I have noticed it does give my foundation a little extra sticking power on those sweaty, humid summer days.
So let’s talk ingredients…
Witch Hazel: Extracts of the leaves, bark, and twigs of the shrub contain an array of phytochemicals (1), including tannins that help to remove extra oil from the skin (3), flavonoids which may influence wound healing and blood vessel health (4), and essential oils, which have astringent effects – meaning that it causes tightening in organic tissues, including your skin! Lab studies have also found anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-cancer properties.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This holistic health staple is well known for its ability to kill many types of bacteria and viruses. In fact, it has been shown to reduce the numbers of some bacteria by 90% and certain viruses by 95%. It also contains lactic acid which has also been shown to improve the texture, pigmentation and appearance of the skin in individuals with superficial acne scars (5).
Filtered Water: Tap water is not a pure enough form of water that respects the pH balance of your skin and therefore will upset it. Water that has a high mineral composition containing heavy metals like iron, copper, zinc, and nickel that can lead to redness and irritation, leaving the skin itchy and inflamed. It can also contain chlorine, which is very drying and strips the natural oils and proteins present at the top layer of the skin. Once this natural barrier is disrupted, moisture from the inside is lost and skin is exposed to the harmful elements from the outside, leading to redness and blotchiness, and over time to premature aging and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Heavy metals can also react, oxidizing and creating more free radicals that can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastic tissue in the skin.(6)
So here’s the recipe I’ve been using:
1 part Apple Cider Vinegar
1 part Witch Hazel
2 parts Filtered Water
Directions: Combine, shake, and mist!
This is the highest concentration I would personally use, especially in respect to the Apple Cider Vinegar which is veryacidic and can cause damage to skin when not properly diluted. I would even consider adding more water if you’ve never used Apple Cider Vinegar or Witch Hazel on your skin, and as always, it never hurts to do a “spot test” to see how your skin likes the mixture before going all-in and spraying it all over your face.
So that’s it! I hope you enjoy this Facial Toning Mist recipe, I have really enjoyed adding this to my daily routine and love how it makes me skin look and feel. I also love feedback so please let me know how this product works for you and have a fantastic day!