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DIY: Saltwater Toner

My brother was browsing my YouTube channel the other day and came across my Tanda Zap review.  He's a longtime sufferer of acne -- two rounds of accutane, antibiotics, prescribed topical mediaction, you name it, he's done it.  He's started getting his skin relatively under control in the past few years, and this is a tip he's shared with me several times.

When I was a kid and got canker sores in my mouth, my mom would force me to swish my mouth out with saltwater.  Salt is a natural antiseptic, striking fear into the hearts of bacteria and other microbial beings.  I finally tried it as a beauty remedy, and it's pretty magical.  Tod will show you!

Other ways to use:

  • Spot treatment -- you could add a few drops of tea tree oil to help treat surface blemishes
  • Mouthwash -- add a few drops of peppermint oil for flavour
  • Hair rinse -- not recommended for coloured hair, but I occasionally will rinse my hair with saltwater to give it a little beachiness when it air dries.


  1. Hey, I've never thought of this! I've tried this when I have a sore throat, but ever on my skin. Question: doesn't it dry the skin out as a toner? I'm guessing I might be able to use it for my T-zone, but not for my cheeks.

  2. Sunny - my mom also makes me do this for a sore throat! It can be drying for some skin types, but I usually follow up with a spritz of Avene Eau Thermale and a face oil, and it's not too bad. Definitely one to test though!

  3. Interesting! Salt water for sore throat and ulcers, yes but as toner? Hhmmm... will have to find out moar :-) Thanks for this upload!

  4. This is amazing 🙊 haha glad I saw this!

  5. yes i totally use salt water when i have a sore throat or canker sore!!!
    A Beautiful Zen

  6. Firstly, great video-I need to up my video editing skillz....also, I have never heard of this *gasp*....really, I haven't heard about it. I'll give it a go.

  7. Lily - I've been using it for a few weeks now and it's really helped to keep the little whitehead bumpies away.

    Yolanda - thanks for stopping by!

    Jenn - OMG this is the only canker remedy I know.

    Meredith - aw thanks! I storyboarded for the first time in my life to get this done LOL. Let me know how you get on!


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