My skin has really improved over the years. I KNOW that what I eat and drink has had a profound affect on my skin. The next step was to change out all my make up, and skin products to ones that are more natural and free of chemicals and toxin’s. I love using coconut oil and making my own moisturizers and beauty products with good fats and essential oils. Apple Cider Vinegar is such a great beauty tool that just fits right into a natural beauty routine. Here are five ways to start using Apple Cider Vinegar to improve your skin.
Use unfiltered, organic Apple Cider Vinegar …
1) as a toner (skin balance and nourishment)
Toning means nourishing, soothing, and balancing the skin. To do this you’ve got to treat your skin with products near its natural pH. Your skin has a protective layer called the acid mantle, and its pH hovers between 4.5 and 6. The pH of ACV is around 4.5-5 when undiluted (more on dilution later).
Treating your skin with ACV won’t interfere with the natural pH of the acid mantle. In fact, it supports it!
Blending ACV with soothing teas in homemade toners can add even more mileage.
Use your preferred blend or dilution and apply with an amber glass spray bottle, a cotton ball, or your fingers.
2) as a SAFE exfoliator
Unfiltered ACV contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids that, over time, aid in stimulating your skin to GENTLY exfoliate. Don’t worry! Apple Cider Vinegar isn’t a PHYSICAL exfoliator that does its work by scrubbing or scratching. It does its work at the cellular level by encouraging cells to slough off on their own. It takes time and patience, but it works!
3) as a body acne fighter
One of the best long-term solutions I’ve found to dealing with body acne (especially on the shoulders and back) is a spritz of full-strength unfiltered ACV morning and night across problem areas.
This works, in my opinion, because it helps protect the skin in these areas from irritants like clothing and detergents.
4) as a spot treatment
Feel a zit coming up? Dab ACV on the spot as often as you remember. The beneficial acids, enzymes, and pH-balancing action make an amazing, effective spot treatment that also regulates the growth of “bad bacteria” within and outside those potential problem spots.
For an added boost, mix ACV with clay (Redmond and Aztec are affordable favorites) for a spot-treatment mask.
5) as a digestive aid
If you’re not digesting well, this will show up on your skin!
Apple Cider Vinegar is listed as one of the basics for digestive support. No, you don’t need a pill, surgery, or any crazy method to support digestion! A few Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar DILUTED in a glass of water away from meals once or twice a day (for example, first thing in the morning when you won’t be eating for 30 minutes to an hour) will help support healthy stomach acid production, which is critical to skin health. It also provides beneficial enzymes to your body!
The effects of this digestive tonic take just a few weeks to fully see. Give it a try!
You can purchase organic, unfiltered ACV at most stores. The most common brand is Bragg’s.
How much you use depends on your skin’s unique needs and tolerance. I use ACV full-strength on my skin, but I suggest diluting it with water to be sure the vinegar isn’t too intense for your skin’s needs. Start with 1 part ACV to 3-4 parts water.
ALWAYS dilute ACV when using internally.
My skin has really improved over the years. I KNOW that what I eat and drink has had a profound affect on my skin. The next step was to change out all my make up, and skin products to ones that are more natural and free of chemicals and toxin’s. I love using coconut oil and making my own moisturizers and beauty products with good fats and essential oils. Apple Cider Vinegar is such a great beauty tool that just fits right into a natural beauty routine.