Apple cider vinegar has been around for quite a long time. As far back as 400 BC, Hippocrates used Apple cider vinegar as a treatment for his patients.
There are many may reasons to love Apple Cider vinegar. One reason to love it is because it has several benefits for the beauty and health of skin and hair. In this post you will discover 7 surprising beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar that I really love and I think you will too.
Always get the ACV with the “mother”.
Apples and ACV are Good For You
Apples are good for you as they contain vitamin c (ascorbic acid) which helps your skin and body produce collagen. Apples are also full of other nutrients like vitamin A which your skin needs to properly function and stay smooth and supple. Copper arms your skin against the harmful UV rays. It has a great deal of other nutrients. There is something to the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Eating apples is great for your health and your skin. You can also use apple cider vinegar in your skin care routine and reap some great beauty benefits. Apple cider vinegar or ACV contains acids and vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin.
Apple cider vinegar or ACV is made from crushing apples and adding bacteria and yeast to cause fermentation. This turns the sugar into alcohol then into vinegar.
The health benefits are many. It is effective against germs, fungus and viruses. It has been known to treat the common cold, reduce cholesterol and assist with diabetes. Many swear by it to help in weight loss.
To use ACV in your beauty routine, use the unfiltered ACV, the kind that says “with the mother”. This kind contains the enzymes and it is unpasteurized. Always dilute with distilled water.
Here are the 7 Surprising Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:
1. Fight Acne
ACV is effective against bacteria It helps acne from forming. It cleans and balances the PH of your skin. ACV can assist with this because it can kill germs and clean your pores. The acids in ACV can exfoliate, clean pores and over time reduce acne scars and darkened skin from the acne.
How to do it:
Mix 1 part to 4 parts ACV to distilled water. Use a cotton ball or swab and apply a thin layer to your skin but avoid your eyes. Let this mixture sit for a few minutes then rinse. Do this 1 to 3 times a week to start. Apply a moisturizer afterwards. Make sure to test on a small portion of your jaw beforehand to make sure it does not burn. If so, do not use.
2. Skin Toner
ACV is an astringent. It can clean your skin and remove dirt and oil from your pores. It will balance the PH and make your skin refreshed and soft.
How to do it:
Mix Apple Cider vinegar with distilled water. 1 tablespoon to 2 cups water. Use a cotton ball to apply. No need to rinse. Always make sure you do a test spot beforehand.
3. Help get rid of dandruff
ACV will help with extra yeast growing on your scalp causing inflammation resulting in dandruff. Since apple cider vinegar is effective against yeast, cleans your pores and balances PH, it is a great dandruff aid.
How to do it:
Mix equal parts ACV and distilled water and rinse your hair with it then shampoo. If you don’t like the strong smell of ACV, just mix a little in your shampoo instead. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
Sense the acids in Apple cider vinegar have the ability to balance PG, it helps to get rid of odors. It is an antiseptic and can help you with food odors because it gets rid of germs and bacteria. It can also be effective against athletes foot as it is anti fungal also.
How to do it:
Mix 1/4 cup of ACV with 3/4 cups distilled water. Soak your feet for 10 to 20 minutes each day then rinse. Rub on some lavender oil for extra benefit.
5. Exfoliate and soothe skin
ACV contains acetic acid that soothe skin ad Malic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates skin, Your skin will be soft and smooth. New skin cells are revealed as old dead skin cells are exfoliated. Malic acid will also reduce any dark spots or hyper pigmentation your may have.
How to do it:
Always mix with water because straight ACV acn disrupt the skin barrier. Just pour some in your bathtub with warm water and soak for 15 to 20 minute. In a normal size tub use about 1 cup. For the face make sure to dilute at a ratio of 1 part to 4 parts distilled water. Test on a small portion of the jaw to make sure it does not burn. A tingle is good though.
6. Brighten discolored nails
Apple cider vinegar can be used to whiten your nails if the discoloration is caused by infection. ACV is an anti-fungal and will whiten any yellow discoloration of your nails due to a fungus infection. However, if your nails are stained by polish, then you can sue plain white vinegar to whiten them.
How to do it:
Anti-fungal nail whitening:
Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup warm water. Soak your nails for 20 minutes then rinse with cold water. After rinsing, dry and massage nails with olive oil. Repeat 2 times a day till discoloration is resolved and nails are white again.
Stained nail whitening:
Mix 1 teaspoon plain white vinegar with 1 cup of water and soak your nails for 20 minutes. Rinse, dry and apply olive oil. Repeat twice a day until nails are white again.
7 . Weight Loss
ACV has been known to help in the battle of weight loss. There are a couple of studies that showed the promising effect of apple cider vinegar on belly fat. It is promising and some swear that it works for them.
In the Journal of Functional foods a study in 2013 was published that suggested drinking apple cider vinegar before eating is linked to smaller blood sugar spikes.
In 2010 in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism a study was cited that stated 2 teaspoons of ACV at mealtimes reduced sugar crashes and kept blood sugar levels stable. This could be linked to compounds in apple cider vinegar that drop of decrease the absorption of some starchy foods.
How to do it:
Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons in distilled water and consume at least twice a day. Drink the mixture with a straw to protect your tooth enamel. Make sure you dilute with enough water also to protect your throat and stomach lining at a ratio of about 1 to 2. Most people don’t like the taste. You could add lemon and stevia for a much better tasting drink or add the fruit or flavors of your choice.
Some Considerations on Apple Cider Vinegar
Don’t overdo using ACV. On the skin or internally apple cider vinegar can have negative effects. Always use any vinegar with caution. A little does a great deal of good but a lot can be harmful. What are some of the harmful effects?
- Damaged tooth enamel – Always dilute ACV and use a straw so as not to bother your tooth enamel.
- Low Potassium – too much ACV can lower potassium levels. This is called hypokalemia and can be serious. You won’t notice a slightly lowered potassium level, but if it is lowered too much you could experience muscle weakness and paralysis.
- 3. Blood Sugar – If you are diabetic, always consult your doctor before beginning to take ACV.
- Gastrointestinal Issues – ACV slows the food from leaving the stomach so this could potentially cause upset stomach. Also too much not diluted can irritate the esophagus and stomach lining.
- Skin irritation – Using ACV without diluting can irritate your skin and eve cause burns. Always dilute ACV!
Summary and Recommendations – Using Apple Cider Vinegar
I hope you have enjoyed the information provided on the 7 surprising Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apples and apple cider vinegar have been used for a very long time and continue to be a staple in the home. Apple cider vinegar with the “mother’ is especially beneficial for health and for beauty routines. Whether you ACV for skin and nails or take it internally for weight loss you may find that these 7 surprising beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar are beneficial to your beauty routine.
Always dilute ACV and you may also want to check with your doctor beforehand if you have certain health problems.
I really would love to hear your thoughts on using apple cider vinegar for beauty and if you have every used it for beauty or weight loss. Please leave me a comment or if you have a question.
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