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Why You Need To Start Toning Your Skin

You cleanse, you moisturize, but do you tone? If not then you should do your skin a great favor and start today.

Explain…

Cleansing, as we all know, clears the skin of dirt, makeup, and nasty little bacteria. But what you may not have known is that cleansing (especially with a harsh cleanser) also strips away some of your skin’s natural acidity that is key to maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

Toners will restore natural PH levels in the skin, leaving your skin healthier, vibrant, and younger looking. Toners also aid in skin cell regeneration, which is great for acne sufferers, as scars will be visibly reduced in time.

So when should I use the toner?

You should ideally use a toner right after you cleanse. The toner will finish the work of your slacking cleanser, erasing any more dirt gunk that may have been left behind.

Just note that your toner may dry out your skin, so it’s best to let the toner absorb into your skin and then follow it up with your favorite moisturizer.

Okay… what toner do I use?

Your local drug store will have at least one shelf dedicated to toners, but that’s not your only option.

I personally am a huge fan of do it yourself home remedies, especially when it comes to skincare. So for my toner I went right to the pantry and grabbed the apple cider vinegar.

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Apple cider vinegar is rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids and has a PH level of 3 when diluted, making it ideal for restoring lost acidity in your skin.

But before you start smearing apple cider vinegar on your face, please note that you have to dilute it first! Putting raw apple cider vinegar on your face is sure to yield a nasty reaction.

You can start by mixing 1/4 raw apple cider vinegar and 3/4 filtered or sterile water and apply it to your face with a cotton ball or pad. If the mixture is too harsh, just add more water. Too weak, add more vinegar. Easy as that!

The hardest obstable to overcome is the stench. With this toner you will literally smell like a salad. The benefits completely overshadow the cons, and luckily after a few applications you will become completely nose blind it.

That’s great and all but i’d rather just buy it…

If you do choose to take the drug store or Sephora route, just make sure to read the ingredients carefully and avoid products that are known irritants to your skin.

If you need a little cheat-cheat, Totalbeauty.com has a great run down of 22 toners at varying price points.

Are you going to consider using a toner on your skin? Weigh in in the comments below!

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Sugar: Sweet Ways to Exfoliate

Image via beauty-advices.comExfoliating your face and body is an amazing way to achieve beautiful, soft, glowing skin. And it’s easy! Simply scrub your body gently with an abrasive substance, and poof! Say goodbye to all that flaky, built up dead skin.

But with the process being so simple, why do so many of us invest in costly facial scrubs? In truth, you can get the same, fresh results not by visiting your local drugstore, but rather your very own kitchen.

So open up your cabinets and crack out the sugar, ladies!

Sugar’s naturally soft, yet abrasive texture makes it the perfect exfoliant for your skin. There’s no discrimination between sugars, either. Both the white and brown varieties of sugar will work equally well. Yet if you desire a stickier substance, brown sugar will definitely be your best choice.

And considering how so many of us already have sugar at our disposal, this at-home beauty treatment is totally budget friendly. That’s going to be a welcomed relief to many wallets, especially with the YWCA estimating that women are spending over $7 billion on beauty products annually.

But it’s not only economical, it’s 100% natural.

Next time you find yourself in the beauty aisle, pick up a facial wash and read the drug facts. You’re sure to see ingredients such as neopentyl glycol dicaprylate, disodium lauroamphodiacetate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, propylparaben, and cocamidopropyl betaine. I don’t know about you all, but I can barely pronounce those words, let alone understand what impact they have on my skin. As it turns out, most of these ingredients are simply chemical agents meant to bond the product together, as well as agents designed to preserve the product during it’s possibly lengthy shelf life.

Image via buzzle.comWith sugar, you skip the unnecessary chemicals and get straight to the sweet result you desire.

But don’t start rubbing sugar on your skin just yet. The same abrasive properties in sugar that remove dead skin also have the power to injure new cells. Without a moisturizing agent, you run the risk of a bad skin rash or even cuts.

To solve this problem, you just need to get a little culinary.

Half a teaspoon of honey and a full teaspoon of sugar will create a wonderful facial scrub full of antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. And if honey isn’t on hand, extra virgin olive oil will work just as well and will moisturize your skin in the process.

For those of you who suffer from acne and oily skin, this must sound like a nightmare. But don’t worry! You can turn your favorite facial wash into an exfoliant by simply mixing a few sprinklings of sugar into your wash.

Beautiful skin at a low cost? Now that’s what I call sweet.

Have any other exfoliation ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

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