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! :-)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.)
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!
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?