Beauty products and beauty routines abound and are an essential part of our daily personal care system. The skin is the biggest organ in the body and anything it absorbs can affect the rest of our body. The use of natural ingredients in beauty products is highly recommended as they not only make us look pretty, they can contribute to our overall health too.
One such ingredient is apple cider vinegar. Here are 5 ways you can use this natural ingredient in your beauty regimen and add plus points to your health.
1. Use as Bath Soap
Ever heard of apple cider vinegar as a soap for your body? There are actually brands out there that sell soap made from ACV but you can always DIY your own. ACV as soap can help clarify skin and prevent body odor from bacteria. It can also help in healing skin allergies and alleviate dry skin. It can lighten skin and gently exfoliate so you will notice sun spots and other blemishes fading away over time.
2. Use as Hair Conditioner
Want dull hair to get back its shine? Add several table spoons of ACV to a liter of water and use the mixture to rinse your hair. The vinegar smell won’t linger that long and your hair will be smoother and shinier.
3. Use as a Face Toner
Mix together some ACV with water in a jar and soak your facial pads on it for a few hours. Put in enough facial pads so they are not soaking wet when taking out but just wet enough like wet wipes. Use this to remove makeup before going to sleep. Very handy when you’re too tired to even put on moisturiser. You can also take this with you when travelling.
4. Use to Spot Treat Blemishes
If you don’t like the idea of ACV as a toner or you just can’t stand the smell, then use it to treat problem spots now and then instead. Put some on a cotton pad and apply to the affected area. Leave overnight. It may sting a bit but the next day, that stubborn pimple should already dry out.
5. Add to Alkalize your Water
When the body is acidic, that’s when you become prone to getting sick. So aside from eating healthy, you can add 2 tablespoons of ACV to a glass of water. Drink this first thing in the morning similar to lemon water. Or you can drink it 30 minutes before meals to reduce cravings which means it helps you lose weight too.
These are just some quick ways to use ACV in your personal care routine. When buying ACV, make sure it still has powder-like sediments in it. This is what is called “the mother” which should be on the label as this is an active ingredient in ACV. ACV is readily available in most major groceries so you shouldn’t have any problems trying out some of these remedies.