Apple cider vinegar is one of the most versatile liquids around – and we bet you didn’t know it was about to become an essential part of your beauty routine!
Apple cider vinegar is packed full of anti-bacterial elements and friendly bacteria that help to balance out your body. This has made it a go-to home remedy in the natural health world for a very long time. And now the beauty community has woken up to the wonders of apple cider vinegar.
Raw apple cider vinegar is what the big guns use for their home remedies. It contains a substance referred to as “the mother” which is basically a cobwebby sediment of enzymes, proteins and good bacteria. However, if you can’t track this down at your local health food store you can just purchase regular ACV at your local supermarket and you’ll still notice some positive effects.
So how can you use this simple but powerful bottle of magic? We’ve got a few ideas!
1. Treat Your Pimples
Let’s start simple. Using apple cider vinegar as an astringent after cleansing can have an amazing effect on pimples and help to even out your skin. The apple cider vinegar helps to remove bacteria on the skin as well as getting rid of the last traces of oil, dirt and make up that can clog your pores.
How To: Simply dilute one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water in a bowl. Then use a cotton pad to wipe the mixture across your skin or apply directly to your pimples.
2. Wash Your Hair
If you suffer from oily hair or dandruff then apple cider vinegar might be the miracle you’ve been searching for. The acidity in the apple cider vinegar helps to maintain your scalp’s PH balance which works wonders on oiliness, while the anti-bacterial elements are excellent at treating dandruff and itchiness.
How To: Either mix up one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water in a cup and use it as a rinse after washing your hair, or mix up a similar ratio in a spray bottle and spritz directly on your scalp.
3. Try It As A Deodorant
Thinking of taking a break from commercial deodorants? Apple cider vinegar can neutralise body odour and is often recommended as a deodorant alternative. The vinegar smell fades very quickly but does an excellent job of fighting BO all day long.
How To: A few drops on a cotton pad is all you need, just wipe it across your underarm region.
4. Whiten Teeth
Got stained teeth? Apple cider vinegar may be able to lift stains caused by coffee and cigarettes if used as a rinse after regular brushing. It’s also an excellent mouthwash for fighting bad breath.
How To: Combine one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water and swish it around in your mouth for a minute. Don’t forget to rinse with water afterwards.
5. Improve Your Digestion
Apple cider vinegar can have a huge effect on your digestive system. If you suffer from indigestion, bloating or reflux than you might consider adding some ACV into your diet to help get everything moving properly.
How To: Mix one teaspoon with a glass of water before meals. You could also try incorporating it into a salad dressing!
6. Soothe Your Skin After Shaving
Are you prone to razor burn? A little bit of apple cider vinegar can really help to reduce that sting. This soothing effect also works wonders on sunburn!
How To: Mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part water in a cup or bowl. Soak a cotton pad in the solution and then rub it over the just shaved areas.
7. Destroy Warts
No one likes talking about warts. But when they appear we want to get rid of them fast. Before you reach for a toxic wart remover you should see what ACV can do to kill them off!
How To: Soak a cotton pad in apple cider vinegar and use a bandage to keep it on the wart overnight. You’ll need to repeat this process for several days with fresh cotton pads.
And if that isn’t enough, apple cider vinegar also makes an excellent all purpose cleaner for using around the house. It’s anti-bacterial but also non-toxic which makes it a great choice around children and pets. You can use it to clean the bathroom, the kitchen, remove odours, unclog drains and as a fabric conditioner.
How do you use apple cider vinegar? Let us know in the comments!