If you follow any of my social media platforms then you might have noticed that I’ve added Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to my diet. Apple Cider Vinegar is a type of vinegar made from apples. It’s used in salad dressings, marinades, chutneys and has hundreds of other uses which range from weight loss to skin care. For me, this is probably my last hope as far as my adult acne is concerned and I gave it a whirl to see if it would help with my condition. So far, by using it in combination with topical solutions, I have seen a vast improvement. Here are five other ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar in your beauty regimen.
Hair rinse: Acetic, the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar helps to remove build up from styling products, balances hair’s PH level, makes strands shinier, reduces frizz, cures dandruff and seals cuticles. It also simulates the scalp to promote hair growth.
Mix 1 part ACV with 1 part water. After shampooing, spritz the solution into your hair and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse and style as usual.
Face Mask: I found this great recipe for a ACV face mask on the blog One Good Thing by Jillee. Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay, add 1 tablespoon raw honey. Apply to skin. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Source: One Good Thing
The bentonite clay will clean out your pores, the ACV will kill bacteria and the honey will leave your face moisturized.
Mouthwash: Mix apple cider vinegar with water, then swish around in your mouth. This antiseptic will break down plaque and bad breath-causing bacteria. It also helps with the removal of stubborn stains from your teeth.
Bath solution: The next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two capfuls of apple cider vinegar. It draws toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin.
Acne Treatment. One of the most surprising uses for apple cider vinegar is for the treatment of acne. As I mentioned above, this is my last resort solution and so far it looks like its doing what it is supposed to. When used topically, apple cider vinegar attacks bacteria and help dry out blemishes. It also has the ability to balance the pH level of our skin which makes an excellent toner.
To help fight blemishes, apply a few drops of ACV to a cotton ball and apply directly to blemishes. Be sure to avoid the sensitive eye area and rinse after 5 minutes to avoid long exposure. To use as a toner, mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water. Dilute further if you have sensitive skin. Apply after using your favorite cleanser.
It is also believed that the apple cider vinegar promotes clear skin when taken internally. You can mix ACV with apple juice, or any fruit juice. Here is a great recipe from Bragg that I’ve tried.
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail
- 1 to 2 tsps Bragg Organic Vinegar in 8 oz of purified water.
- 1 to 2 tsps organic of honey
It is probable the most disgusting thing that I have ever tasted. The honey that I use to masque the taste doesn’t really do much of that at all but I continue, because there are so many benefits. Here is another recipe that was sent to me by Donna from DiscountThief.com.
Miss Donna from DiscountThief.com Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
- 2 tbsps of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 8 oz of cold water
- Cranberry juice (poured, not measured)
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice
Tip: Apple Cider Vinegar is NOT all equal! Only, use the raw, unfiltered brand like Braggs. How do you use apple cider vinegar?