It is well known that apple cider vinegar has many amazing benefits for the body. It is believed to help relive joint pain, can be used as a natural digestive aid, can help balance blood sugars, promotes healthy toxin removal and is a natural weight loss aid. But do you know it could also be a main ingredient in your beauty regime? Just some of the amazing beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar are outlined below.
1. Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is an amazing hair rinse. The acetic acid in the product has clarifying properties that naturally removes heavy chemical product build up/residue from your hair and scalp from shampoos and styling products, leaving you with luscious, shiny, healthy looking hair. Apple cider vinegar also helps restore your scalps natural pH level.
Mix approximately ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water and pour onto your hair after shampooing. Massage the solution into your hair and allow it to sit for up to 5 minutes. Finish by washing thoroughly and follow with your favourite conditioner. It is recommended to only use this solution on your hair once a week. (Note: Do not use on broken/damaged skin or scalp)
2. Nail Soak
We are all guilty at some stage of over doing it with the nail polish leaving us with weak, yellow brittle nails. Stained nails can also occur from fungal infections, smoking or poor lifestyle habits. Whatever the reason, apple cider vinegar has the solution. Simply soak your nails weekly with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and vegetable oil to leave your nails bright, stain-free and strong.
The acetic acids in apple cider vinegar naturally help to reduce the discolouration in nails and improve strength. As well as this, it is also effective for treating nail infections that cause discolouration.
3. Facial Toner
Apple cider vinegar makes an amazing facial toner. Simply mix together 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts distilled or filtered water (you can also add an essential oil to the mixture). Moisten a cotton ball with the solution and rub into a clean, dry face. You can rinse it off, or you can leave it on your face. If you find your skin to be sensitive then try adding more water to the solution.
Apple cider vinegars natural alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid will increase blood flow to the skin and stimulate circulation and minimises pores. It also balances the skins pH levels giving your skin a healthy glow. This solution is particularly good for people with oily skin.
4. Acne and Pimples Treatment
Apple cider vinegar has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties which can help prevent and treat acne and pimples. It helps keep the skins sensitive pores free from bacteria, oil and other particles which contribute to acne and pimples. Restoring of your skins natural pH balance also contributes to preventing breakouts.
Again, this face treatment is so easy to do. Simply mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts filtered water and apply to the affected area of the skin using a cotton ball. Allow it to sit on the skin for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. This process can be repeated a few times daily, for a few days.
5. Dandruff Treatment
Anyone who suffers from dandruff knows how difficult it can be to deal with. Often the chemical laden products that are supposed to treat dandruff end up making it worse, particularly in the long term. That is why, when it comes to dandruff the more natural the solution, the better. Apple cider vinegars natural anti-fungal properties contribute to relieve dandruff and its acidic properties balance the scalps pH levels to help prevent further fungal growth. It also cleans clogged pores and hair follicles.
To use apple cider vinegar to treat dandruff simply mix a solution of equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and massage into your scalp for 5 minutes and let it soak in your hair for another 5 minutes before shampooing. (You can also add tea tree oil to the solution.) Rinse your hair as normal. This treatment can be used up to 3 times a week.
6. Teeth Whitener
To whiten teeth with apple cider vinegar prepare a mixture with 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water and use as a mouth wash. Apple cider vinegars acidic nature contributes to reducing stains on teeth as well as destroying any bacteria present to help maintain oral health.
7. Reduces the Appearance of Cellulite
Because of apple cider vinegar's natural astringent and skin-toning properties, it makes an amazing natural remedy to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Apple cider vinegar also has many properties which help flush out toxins and water retention around the thighs and stomach the most common areas for cellulite to occur. It also aids in weight loss as well as helping to improve the elasticity of your skin.
Simply mix 3 parts of apple cider vinegar with 1 part coconut or olive oil and massage it into the affected area for 15 minutes. Repeat this twice daily. Alternatively, you could mix ½ tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey with a glass of water and drink twice daily.
You can pick up your bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar at all Evergreens stores, or click here to shop online at evergreen.ie.