When it comes to skincare, I like to go outside of the box sometimes. As a self-professed skincare addict, I don't have many qualms with spending my hard-earned cash on things I may or may not need, for the sake of looking more youthful, and beautiful. However, I find that sometimes a good old home remedy will do just a nicely as something more expensive, especially when you're in a pinch. Thanks to combination of stress, hormones, and weather, my skin has decided to declare war on me, and I'm left with a huge, red, throbbing breakout on my cheek (plus extra oiliness, and clogged pores, I'm a MESS! :(). Last night, I just needed something to both alleviate the irritation, and to reduce the swelling. I could've gone for a mask, but, I really wasn't in the mood to deal with that right before bed. Then, I remembered reading about vodka as a toner, and thought it couldn't hurt to try; vodka as skincare is hardly a new thing, so there are lots of positive testimonials regarding it's uses for cosmetic purposes.
Vodka is something that we usually have around the house, so, I gave it a try without a second thought.
Now, first and foremost, you are using alcohol on your face as an astringent, what that means is, it will dry out your skin. If you already have dry skin, I would skip this all together (unless you maybe use it as a spot treatment on a breakout), but, if you're someone with combination/oily skin, I'd say give it a try, and see how your skin reacts. My skin wasn't uncomfortably dry or tight after using this, but, I also moisturized as soon as possible, and I recommend you do the same. Also, I wouldn't recommend using this treatment more than 2-3 times per week, there are other, more gentle toners you can use for daily use, so, I would say to only reach for this when your skin has lost it's damn mind, and needs a drinky drink. If you're going to do this more often than I recommend, please don't use your expensive vodka, it would be such a waste.
Here's what you need to do:
1. Wash your face thoroughly, remove all your makeup and debris.
2. Exfoliate skin (optional)
3. Pour a small amount (1-2 teaspoons) of vodka* into a dish (you do not need a lot), and soak a cotton round. Wipe entire face with the vodka pad, and allow to dry.
4. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
*If you have sensitive skin, dilute your vodka first with a small amount of distilled water before applying to skin.
For me, I noticed an immediate difference in my skin once I used the vodka toner. My pores tightened, my skin looked brighter and felt very smooth, and my breakout didn't feel as irritated. About an hour later I went to the bathroom to check on the breakout, and it had already decreased in size, and the redness was reduced as well. In the morning, I still had the breakout, but it is muuuuuch smaller, not red, and isn't throbbing, so I'm a happy camper.
So, if you're at wit's end trying to deal with a pesky breakout, like I was, definitely give this a try!
Let me know if this works for you guys!