Apple cider vinegar has got to be my favorite natural remedy ever. Not only does it taste good with food, it helps with digestion, detoxification, cleaning, pet health, and – of course – beauty and skin care! Here I’m gonna share not one, not two, but six different ways to use apple cider vinegar for skin benefits. I guarantee you’ll soon love this product as much as I do.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
Of course the best and simplest way to reap the benefits of ACV is to ingest it – simply add a tablespoon to a glass of water or tea and drink twice daily. This ensures that the vinegar doesn’t taste and smell too overpowering, and that it’s not too acidic for your teeth. You’ll notice your skin becoming clearer as your body detoxes, and may even find yourself losing some weight – apple cider vinegar supposedly regulates appetite.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Now to start putting the stuff on your face. As a natural acid, apple cider vinegar helps to restore your skin’s natural pH balance. Mix apple cider vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio to make a daily toner. I suggest you use it only at night, though, as it will cause some redness and sensitivity.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Face Mask
This is my favorite way of using apple cider vinegar for skin care. With its antibacterial and antifungal properties, ACV cleans up imperfections while tightening pores and promoting skin renewal.
Mix 1tsp of clay powder (I recommend French green clay or Bentonite clay) with 1tsp of apple cider vinegar, then add just a bit of water or facial toner as needed to create a smooth, consistent clay mask mixture. Apply and leave on your face for 15 minutes, then gently rinse with cold water. Do not use a sponge or warm water as your skin will be stinging! Follow up with your favorite serum or essence.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Whitening/Acne Treatment
Or, you can simply dab it right onto blemishes to dry them out and heal them.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Sunburn Remedy
This may sound contradictory to what I’ve mentioned about how apple cider vinegar stings on the skin, but it can actually help soothe sunburns. Simply dilute some apple cider vinegar in water and pat on gently, or add a cup of it to your bath.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
All right, so this is for your hair rather than your skin, but it’s part of looking beautiful! Apple cider vinegar helps to clear grease and dirt from your hair and scalp, and will give you smooth, shiny, healthy locks. Add 1-3 teaspoons to your shampoo, depending on our hair length, then shampoo and condition as normal.
Important: when using apple cider vinegar for skin care, you need to use raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar that contains the “mother” – not the clear, filtered kind as those are laden with preservatives. I recommend Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, which you should be able to get at your local supermarket. So grab a bottle of apple cider vinegar, try out the remedies above, and let me know how it works out for you!