Amazing Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar For Skincare
Posted on April 22 2020
The versatile wonders of apple cider vinegar have made the mainstream rounds in recent years. Apple cider vinegar’s health benefits range from detox, weight loss, regulating blood sugar and reducing the risk of diabetes etc. Plenty of people drink apple cider vinegar with water as a part of their daily health routine but far too few are reaping its external benefits.
Apple cider vinegar’s ‘wow factor’ lies not just in its low-calorie count but in its acidity too.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great way to score the beauty benefits of apple. ACV is brimming with some skin-loving properties. You’ll learn in this article how the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar compares in terms of skincare?
History of Apple Cider Vinegar’s Use For Skincare
It is said that Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used to prescribe apple cider vinegar to help disinfect and treat skin wounds more than 2000 years ago. The Persians are also thought to have used ACV as a healing tonic to preserve their youthful skin.
Before we move on to ACV’s use in a skincare routine, you must know which apple cider vinegar to buy because not all apple cider vinegar you see on the online portal yield all the health and beauty benefits.
Which Apple Cider Vinegar Should You Buy?
When buying apple cider vinegar, it is imperative to choose a high-quality variety that is raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, containing the “mother”. Apple cider vinegar with the mother will look amber coloured with murky, brown tangled strands of bacteria that are thought to be the source of many of ACV’s benefits. Pasteurized or filtered apple cider vinegar is missing ‘mother’ or probiotic that raw ACV has. Raw apple cider vinegar is replete with incredible enzymes and good bacteria. It also contains acetic acid, which can play a good role in detoxifying the body.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Skincare?
Our skin is naturally acidic, but the use of harsh cleaners and soaps disrupt the acidity. The acid mantle of the skin is like an invisible veil that keeps the good stuff (lipids, moisture) in and the bad stuff (pollution, bacteria) out. Our skin’s acid mantle is at its strongest when the skin is acidic, with an optimum pH of about 5.5. Destroying the acid mantle leaves our skin vulnerable to harmful bacteria, germs and pollutants and the result is acne, blemishes, whiteheads and fine lines.
The best part about apple cider vinegar is that its pH level is similar to the pH of acid mantle of the skin, hence it does a great job in restoring the skin pH levels. The acetic acid in ACV has anti-bacterial properties which help kill bacteria and remove excess dirt and oil. Did you know? Your healthy skin lies on the acidic end of the pH spectrum.
1. For Spot Treatment
Apple cider vinegar helps to regulate the skin pH, ACV’s acidity allows it to dissolve dead skin cells that contribute to breakouts and clogged pores. To make your own apple cider vinegar spot treatment, simply dab a small amount of 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar dissolved in 20ml filtered and pure water onto the blemish with a soaked cotton ball. Leave for 15 minutes and wash. The acetic acid in ACV has keratolytic and antibacterial effects which help to unplug blocked pores, clear the debris on the skin and restrict the dilation of the skin pores.
2. For Facial Toner
ACV works as an astringent working to remove dirt, oil and grime. The acetic acid helps to exfoliate the skin and help in smoothing and improving skin texture and reduce fine lines. To help clear excess oil or to unplug blocked pores, dilute 1 tablespoon of ACV in 50ml of water. Using a cotton ball, swab the mixture gently over your skin. Apply it to your skin with a washcloth, leave for 15 minutes and rinse.
3. For Sunburn
To reap skin-soothing benefits, an easy solution is to pour some apple cider vinegar into your bathtub or bathing water. Soak for 15-20 minutes to allow the protective acid to soak into your skin. ACV will quickly reverse the damage caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays.
4. Use As A Detox Drink
Apple cider vinegar boosts metabolism, which ultimately results in proper nutrient absorption. What’s the point if the nutrients in the food you intake aren’t properly absorbed. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water(200ml) and drink it on an empty stomach. This can aid in detoxifying your body, aid in digestion and help brighten your skin. You’ll find better results if you add one freshly squeezed lemon in the ACV drink. Lemon is rich in vitamin C which boosts collagen production and keeps the skin healthy and youthful.
➦ If you are not keen with the smell of ACV, you can add essential oils to improve its scent and add even more benefits.
Word Of Caution:
1. Always use diluted apple cider vinegar, don’t put apple cider vinegar full strength directly on your skin as it can leave a burning feeling on the skin.
2. Everyone’s skin type is different. Oily skin probably has a higher tolerance for the acidic texture of apple cider vinegar, while the dry and sensitive skin has a much lower threshold. Hence it is suggested to always do a spot test on a discreet (like on your hand) before swiping it onto your entire face.
3. If you’re suffering from moderate to severe acne, ACV may not be helpful, visit a certified dermatologist for a prescription option tailored to your skin need.
4. Don’t leave apple cider vinegar on your skin for longer than 15 minutes. After rinsing off completely, add a moisturizer.
5. For those with typical dry skin, using apple cider vinegar as toner may prove to be overly drying. If you have an open wound, including pimples or pustules that have come to a head(been popped), applying ACV topically might sting.
Apple cider vinegar is one beauty ingredient from improving skin’s barrier function to protecting it from environmental aggressors…
ACV is a simple, cost-effective, 100% natural way to help your skin look beautiful from inside out…
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