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9 Of The Most Unexpected Beauty Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Vinegar is a fascinating substance with an extremely long history. We know that humans have been making and using vinegar for various purposes as far back as 3,000 BC, when the Babylonians used it as both a condiment and for food preservation.

Not only do we still use vinegars for the same purposes today, we’ve also discovered countless other ways to use them! I’ve written extensively about the various uses for white vinegar on my blog over the years, but there’s another variety that offers all sorts of useful benefits: apple cider vinegar!

Today post is all about how to use apple cider vinegar, but more specifically, how to take advantage of its many beauty benefits. By the end of this post, you’ll know exactly how to use apple cider vinegar for shinier hair, healthier skin, and more! :-)

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Choosing The Right Apple Cider Vinegar

Not every apple cider vinegar (or ACV for short) in stores is created equal! If you’re buying apple cider vinegar to use for the purposes listed below, you’ll want to choose one that includes the “mother.”

Mother of vinegar is used to accelerate the fermentation process and ensure a more uniform product. It also happens to be packed with animo acids, vitamins, and minerals that can be very beneficial in beauty applications (even if it does look a little creepy floating in the bottom of the vinegar!)

Bragg’s is often considered the gold standard for high quality, raw, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother, and you can find it in the vinegar aisle of most grocery stores. Another good thing to know about vinegar is that you don’t have to worry about using it, no matter how old your bottle is, because vinegar never goes bad.

9 Of The Best Beauty Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

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1. Clarifies Hair & Scalp

Hair looking dull, lifeless, or weighed down? Apple cider vinegar is packed with acetic acid that can eliminate product buildup, strengthen the hair shaft, and stimulate your scalp to boot!

To use it as a rinse, add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to 4 cups of water and stir. Pour the rinse over your hair after shampooing and let it soak in for a few seconds before rinsing with cold water and conditioning as usual.
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2. Adds Shine

Apple cider vinegar is your secret weapon for shiny, lustrous hair. Add 1 tablespoon of ACV to 1 cup of water, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

Spritz this shine-boosting spray over wet hair after getting out of the shower.

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3. Soothes Aching Feet

Use apple cider vinegar to make a simple foot soak that will soothe tired, aching feet! Combine equal parts ACV and warm water in a foot bath or large bowl and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes.

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4. Pore Cleansing Face Mask

In addition to offering benefits for your hair, apple cider vinegar can do wonders for your skin too! Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of bentonite clay with 1 tablespoon of raw honey in a small bowl.

Apply this pore cleansing mask mixture evenly to your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes to work its magic. Rinse it off with warm water afterward.

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5. Tones Skin

Many people who suffer from psoriasis say that apple cider vinegar helps to reduce inflammation and redness. Using apple cider vinegar and a bit of water, you can make a simple skin toner to eliminate puffiness and redness anytime!

Mix 1 teaspoon of ACV with 1 cup of filtered water, and apply it to your skin with a cotton ball. No need to rinse!

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6. Acne Treatment

Apple cider vinegar also contains malic acid, which can help fight acne and the bacteria that contribute to it. Apple cider vinegar can also help regulate oil production and balance skin’s pH, making breakouts less likely over time.

To take advantage of these acne-treating attributes, just use the toner described above in #5!

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7. Minimizes Age Spots

Apple cider vinegar’s revitalizing effects can help lighten age spots over time. Just dab a small amount of ACV onto spots of discoloration before bed, then wash your face clean in the morning. (If it stings a bit, dilute the vinegar with water before applying.)

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8. Promotes Oral Health

Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water in a small cup, then gargle it before brushing your teeth. This simple practice can help remove surface stains from teeth and kill bacteria in your mouth!

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9. Prevents Ingrown Hairs

The same toner described in #5 in this list can be used as a post-shaving treatment. Just apply it to skin after shaving to help reduce redness and inflammation, as well as help prevent ingrown hairs from forming.

How do you take advantage of the benefits of apple cider vinegar?

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  • Just discovered your site – enjoying myself digging around in here!

    If I eat something contrary and get acid indigestion, I add a half a tablespoon (or less) in water and drink it. Within very little time, indigestion is gone. I use enough water that the ACV doesn’t gag me. I also began drinking a “tea” daily, a tablespoon in my teacup full of hot water (8-10 ounces). I do add a bit of raw unpasteurized honey to create something I can swallow (smile). A lot of of little aches disappeared. Hubby uses it on areas of eczema he battled for years. Within a week or so, the dry skin disappeared, the itching disappeared, and he has less dry patches and flaking. You can tell it’s clearing up (he also takes a tablespoon a day with coconut oil and water to wash it down).

  • I have rosacea. Or, at least I did!. I used an antibiotic cream for years but when i began to look for and use more natural products I did some research. I used the cream everyday with mixed results. First, it is an antibiotic plus anti fugal cream! Except perhaps making one more and more resistant to antibiotics it did not work all the time. I found several blogs that talked about hyaluaric acid ( and I know I spelled that wrong!) and other home treatments for rosacea. Then i found an article about ACV. changed my life. ACV has both antibiotic and anti fungal properties and is actually nourishing. I started with a one to one mixture of ACV to water – as it can sting -and sponged it fresh on my face every morning. That was more than ten years ago. I now use it straight up on my face and any rough spots on my body. You know, shoulders, elbows, knees, feet. The only time I have issues with the rosacea is from a too hot curry (can never figure out the exact cause) or not protecting my face in the sunlight. I do know from that same research that rosacea is not a skin allergy but an inside the bod problem and more of a food sensitivity. It can also crop up if the body is too hot – i.e curries and sunlight???? so, there you have it. Different people will have different reactions, and it did take a few weeks before the rosacea appeared to just disappear. And, all that time you are nourishing your skin even inside your body, as skin absorbs everything you put on it. You do need a really super moisturizer and in my quest for natural products i turned to coconut oil – unrefined and organic. I am fair skinned so it again nourishes my body but also protects from the sun. if you are fair skinned. go for it. A bonus: ACV is an acid so it zaps imperfections and helps to smooth out your skin.

  • Your Tip 5 … I’ve been doing this for months now. Not only does ACV with filtered water make a cheap and easy toner, but I tend to believe it also helps normalise the pH of our hard water and bring it more to the skin’s natural pH, not to mention wiping away whatever minerals and deposits that come out of the shower and taps!

  • Thank you for the great uses for Apple Cider Vinegar. But as a dental professional, I do take issue with recommending using ACV to gargle with and brush your teeth. ACV is extremely acidic and is known to cause erosion of tooth enamel. Brushing after using ACV is detrimental to the tooth surface and will result in excessive tooth wear and sensitivity.

  • I agree that ACV has some wonderful properties. Every day I drink 1/2 bottle of Trader Joe’s ACV strawberry basil drink ( the equivalent of 1 TBS). I do wonder whether ACV would strip color treated hair. Also, I would be very careful about gargling with it, even in a diluted state. It can destroy your tooth enamel.

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