Skin Care Tip *DIY Thyme Clear Complexion Toner*

Monday, August 20, 2012

My goal for starting the skincare series was to share things that I have learned over the years working as an esthetican. I wanted to share useful information, tricks tips and DIYs that you can do at home and you don't have to spend a fortune. I have always believed the more holistic and natural the better. After taking a little break from the series (due to feeling slightly unmotivated) I realized how much I truly do enjoy it and I am happy about starting it back up again.

So I am going to bring it back with a skincare DIY that is probably one of the best skin clearing remedies that I have posted about to date.

Right now skin care companies are scrambling to incorporate an ingredient that you all most likely have access to. Thyme. Thyme is the HOT new skin food at the moment. Recent studies are proving it to be more effective than topical prescriptions containing benzoyl peroxide. Crazy right?! Here is how you can get the most out of this amazing ingredient and incorporate it into your beauty routine...

What you will need:
  • Fresh or dried thyme. I used dried which I found at my local health food store in bulk.
  • Apple cider vinegar. You can read all about the benefits here.
  • Glass container to store toner. I used am empty vitamin E jar.
  • Cheesecloth or strainer
  • Glass jar. I used a mason jar.
Here is what you do...
Add about 1/2 cup of raw apple cider vinegar into a glass jar and place inside a bowl of hot water to warm it up.  Once it is heated add about 3 tablespoons of thyme.

Let this sit for up to two hours.

Place the cheesecloth on top of the glass jar and carefully pour the liquid into your toner container.
You now have the ultimate acne and age spot fighting toner! You can use this nightly. Apply it with a cotton pad, let dry and then apply your moisturizer on top. To prolong the shelf life of your toner keep it in the fridge. My suggestion would be to only make a small batch at a time and try to use it up within two weeks.

51 comments:

Erica House said...

Do you find this is more effective than tea tree oil for trouble spots?

diane said...

I love natural face products you can make in the kitchen and this one is very interesting and sounds promising! Thanks for sharing.

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Erica- This is more for acne, pigmentation issues and sun damage while tea tree is great for a spot treatment for large blemishes. Since everyone's skin responds differently to topical ingredients it really just depends on what you find works best for your skin. 

NatalieW. said...

So excited to try this! Thanks for posting :)

Lara B. said...

Love the idea, i will try soon.

Thanks ;)

Bisu

mmg said...

You always have the best at home remedies - luv your blog!!

Amanda @ Eloquent English said...

Oh wow that's really neat! Def going to have to try that one! xoxo

Alexa said...

I seriously need this right now...having a major breakout!

Montalvo Country said...

Benz. peroxide tends to be very drying and can irritate - does this do the same? Or is it gentle on the skin while kicking acne's butt? :)

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

I have been looking for a great toner and now I will definitely be trying this one! I have always loved this series...I get so much out of it! So glad it is back :) XO brynn

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

See this is why I wanted you to continue with this series! I never thought of using thyme for the face but could use it as I am acne prone.Thanks for the tips.

The Perfect Pear said...

this sounds amazing! :) woot woot! haha

Angi said...

So excited to try this one! I love ideas for inexpensive, at-home face products!

sherri lynn said...

This sounds so good! I like that it's super easy to put together. Excited that your skin care tips are back!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Montalvo Country- This is not drying or irritaing like BP. If you do have sensitive skin my recommendation would be to do a test spot on your jawline and see how you do. The apple cider vinegar may cause a little temporary redness but it should subside shortly after applying. Hope that answers your question :)

Valerie North said...

That sounds so great! I have acne prone skin and currently use benzoyl peroxide (10%) every night. This sounds like it wouldn't be so irritating- and wouldn't bleach!

Felicia said...

Such a cool skin care DIY!! I have thyme in my cabinet.... Never thought I could use it for anything else but cooking!

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

I love this post, and I'm so trying it! I love when you can make a beauty product from stuff in your own pantry - genius!
Jo-Anna

Tonia L said...

Another great tip! Does the vinegar smell last? I mean will I be able to smell it when I go to bed?

spero511 said...

This sounds great and I'm excited to try it. However, I'm wondering why you have to use raw apple cider if it's going to be nuked in the microwave. ??

spero511 said...

Oops! Disregard. I see the ingredient list doesn't call for raw apple cider, it was just mentioned later on. Nevermind. :)

Eleanor Rae said...

This looks fab! Thing is I don't have a microwave, so how long should I heat it in a pan? Really glad to see this series back again! xxx

laure said...

so, it can work with fresh thyme also, right?

Anonymous said...

This is very powerful smelling. Didn't think I could stand the smell long enough to put on my face. Some people might be ok with it but it made my eyes water.

Elaine - Visual Meringue said...

This is great. A must try :)

ithoughtthiswouldbeeasier.com said...

Just made my first batch!! Can't wait to try it out when I wash my face tonight!!

EcoChicBeautyDiva said...

Ohhhhh, I'm going to try this for sure! Thanks! You've also inspired me to try making some diy of my own

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Juli Smith, said...

Hoping to give this a try for me and my tween aged kids. However, DO NOT use a microwave, even for a short time. They are proven to destroy the benefits of the items being heated.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Laure- yes, fresh thyme is ideal! :)

Dana Kay said...

Just made this...can't wait to try it!! Thanks so much!!

JS said...

Has anyone tried this?

Care to share the results?

Also, all the reports I've read about the latest findings on thyme are based on a mixture of the herb and alcohol. So, @Lindsay, why use ACV?

Liana Trevors said...

Thyme is great if taken in as organic as it is very potent and healthy. You can also try argan oil australia for youthful looking skin.

Konnie said...

I just found your blog & loving it:) I want to make this & the vit c serum but you said to apply both at. Should you alternate or can can you use both every night? Thx

joni said...

Love this information.
Try thymeproducts.com

ithoughtthiswouldbeeasier.com said...

I blogged about your blog on my blog :) I am such a huge fan of this toner!!http://ithoughtthiswouldbeeasier.com/2013/01/28/budgeting-like-a-boss-epic-thyme-skin-clearing-toner/

TacomaSarah said...

What about using witch hazel instead of ACV?? I don't mind the smell of ACV but my daughter can't stand it.

Nana Mayfield said...

Last year, I made this for my daughters and they have remained blemish free, even during menses. Since I have been 'poo-less' since Halloween, (baking soda wash & acv rinse) I decided to play with this recipe a bit. I added rosemary and sage and use it as a hair detangler. Call me shocked, but after 2 months use, my greys had become much less noticeable, my hair not only stopped falling out but has grown back thicker and healthier than I ever remember it being. Thanks for your inspiration! It's been a win/win for me and my family.

Anonymous said...

Can you add green tea to this?

Marla Curns said...

Does the container to store have to be glass?

Anonymous said...

Do you have store this in a glass container or can you use plastic container?

Kandis M said...

What do you do with the Thyme after you strain it? Can you reuse it or is it time to compost it? Thanks!

ASFx said...

Usually when a tincture like this is made with vinegar, it has to sit in the liquid for 5-8 weeks. Is this still effective after soaking for only 2 hours? Also, would it be ok to add tea tree oil too?

Anonymous said...

I am confused about the heating up portion part of the recipe. Do you seal up the glass jar with a lid while heating or leave it open? Just set the jar in the pan with the water and boil? Just clarifying.

Paula Cassidy said...

I would heat it in a slow cooker or low double-boiler, with a loose lid. I have used rosemary and violet toners made from homegrown herbs, but have not yet tried thyme. I would expect that it would pack more punch than rosemary but be less irritating and drying than benzoyl peroxide. Vinegar as a base should be better for the skin while making the mixture more acid--should be helpful. If you just hate the vinegar, you might try witch hazel...

Sandhya Nair said...

Hi, we get thyme seeds in india, can that be used instead?

Anonymous said...

I recently made a simple thyme "tea" using nothing but warm water, allowing the dried thyme to steep for a few hours on my kitchen counter. I then strained it into a little spray bottle and have been using it as a toner (just mist my face and let air dry after washing twice a day, followed by just 2 drops of rosehip oil as moisturizer) - acne all gone! With nothing but thyme infused water! I've had acne for 20+ years!

SUAN CHEN said...

Thank You! This was the first recipe I used from your arsenal, and It got rid of my acne spots like nobody's business.

Anonymous said...

I use Dr Haushka products but I simply can't afford it anymore. This will be the perfect replacement for their toner. It might even be better.

Julia Mills said...

Thanks so much! Making it today for my girls and I!!

Elizabeth said...

You wrote that this is the ultimate acne and age spot fighting toner. Which ingredient fights age spots?

Stella Wilson said...

I always prefer home made and natural products for my skin. Your idea will be new addition in my home made remedies collection. Thank you so much for sharing. Will be looking for future addition too.

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