Apple Cider Vinegar is one of those simple superfoods that seems to be able to do anything! Studies have shown this fermented tonic to aid in weight loss, improve digestion, promote natural detox and even boost immunity. It is something I recommend to almost all my clients and I personally use it in my own salad dressings and a splash in my water every day.
The antibacterial and pH balancing components in apple cider vinegar mean that its amazing healing powers extend beyond the kitchen and into your beauty routine! Check out these natural beauty uses for the incredible ACV…
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a topical astringent, aka toner to help clear acne, and lessen sun spots or scars. Simply mix 1 part ACV to 2 parts water and keep in an airtight bottle. If you have sensitive skin start with less of the vinegar. Use a cotton pad to wipe it gently over your face avoiding your eye area. It is best not to spray it as it can irritate your eyes. You can use it in the morning and/or evening after cleansing and before moisturizing. And don’t worry – your skin won’t smell after the toner has dried.
Using ACV as a hair rinse will help clear build up as well as strengthen the hair shaft leaving it shiny, soft and gorgeous. The active ingredient is acetic acid which also balances your hair's pH levels, kills bacteria, and is a cure for dandruff. In an old shampoo bottle (or any container) combine 1/3 cup ACV in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds then rinse using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create even more shine. Due to the acid in ACV you don’t want to overdo it – using this once a week is perfect. Like everything in life, moderation is key. And just like on your skin, the vinegar smell will go away after your hair dries.
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Add a cup of apple cider vinegar and a cup of Epsom salts to a hot bath to draw toxins out through the skin and help jumpstart your natural detoxification process. This can also help soothe some skin conditions like acne and eczema and well as relieve joint pain. Read more about the amazing wellness benefits of taking a bath here: Why You Should Take a Bath Tonight
How do you used ACV? I would love to hear from you in the comments below...