If you’re into natural remedies you probably already know that apple cider vinegar is a pantry staple for the health conscious, but it’s brilliant for beauty buffs too. If your apple cider vinegar is cloudy, don’t be alarmed – this is a sign that it contains the “mother”, the protein molecules that are teeming with healthy bacteria. If it’s clear, then these proteins have been filtered out.
Why is apple cider vinegar good for skin?
It can do many things (you’ll see what we mean in a sec), but for starters, apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and natural alpha hydroxy acids, which are both natural exfoliators. It’s powerful stuff, so you need to dilute the vinegar before applying it to the skin. The gentlest method is to add a dash of apple cider vinegar to warm water and use a face cloth or cotton pad to cleanse the skin.
Can I dab it straight on pesky pimples?
Apple cider vinegar is a handy way to unclog blocked pores and zap pimple-causing bacteria because of its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. But you should still dilute it so it doesn’t ‘burn’ your skin (a 1:4 ratio of vinegar to water will do the trick). Dab it on several times a day to settle down inflamed spots quick smart.
If it’s antibacterial, can I use it on my feet?
Now you’re talking! If you’re a regular gym goer, you’ll love what apple cider vinegar can do for post-sneaker foot pong. Add a generous dash (about ¼ cup is enough) to a tub of warm water and soak feet for 20 minutes. Not only will it zap any bacteria you might have picked up thanks to its antifungal properties, it will also soften the skin on your heels, which can then be easily loofahed away. You can add it to a bath too, and you’ll find you emerge with smoother softer skin.
Is apple cider vinegar good for sensitive skin?
So long as you dilute it, it can be used on all skin types, but it’s actually brilliant for sensitive skin issues when taken internally. Your skin is a good indication of what’s going on internally so, if you’re having issues with eczema, psoriasis and sensitivity, it’s worth improving your gut health. Not only will you feel better, you’ll also begin to see a difference in your skin. Take it just before a meal because studies have shown that it can help prevent a spike in blood sugar levels (within reason of course … you can’t entirely undo an afternoon Tim Tam slam session!).
I think that covers everything…except hair!
Oh, actually, apple cider vinegar works wonders on hair too! Many shine-enhancing treatments use formaldehyde and silicones to add lustre, which can irritate skin and build up in your hair, leaving your locks lank and heavy. Apple cider can strip off product residue and balance the scalp’s pH levels naturally thanks to the acetic acids in the vinegar (see ya later dandruff!). Dilute it in water (a 1:5 ratio works well) and massage into the hair post-wash before with cold water (cold water smooths the hair cuticles for extra shine. Your hairdresser will be so impressed if you remember to do this regularly).
Is there anything apple cider vinegar can’t do!?
It’s pretty much pixie dust kinda magic! Actually, now that we think about it, it’s also great for cleaning makeup brushes. Add a tablespoonful in some warm water and swirl your tools in it before drying them in the sun. As you can see, apple cider vinegar can cleanse pretty much anything … inside and out!