If you’re a pro in the kitchen, you’ll know apple cider vinegar is a go-to when making salad dressing, marinades, vinaigrettes and many other things. But the common household item can be used for much more than recipes – it can have excellent effects on your health and feature in your beauty routine too.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)’s key is its acidity. It balances the skin and hair’s natural pH levels, as opposed to harsh off-the-counter soaps and shampoos, which often strip skin and hair of its natural oils. On top of that, it’s easy to find at your local grocery store and cheap too.
If you want to try out any of these beauty tricks, make sure you get raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurised ACV, as this particular vinegar has raw enzymes and good bacteria that promotes healing.
It’s easy to forget when it’s hidden in hair, but the scalp is skin too. So when the pH is off excessive dryness or oiliness can occur, and with the addition of multiple styling products, plenty of buildup can occur. In order to restore that pH balance, use an ACV-based hair rinse twice a month after shampooing.
A simple recipe involves mixing one part ACV with one part water. You can either pour the mixture into your hair after shampooing, or use a spray bottle to spritz your hair with the concoction and massage into your scalp. Let sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out with cold water.
The rinse helps seal the cuticle to maintain moisture, detangle tresses, prevent split ends and boost shine, essentially revitalising your hair with one quick rinse.
Although skin is naturally acidic, ACV helps it find a balance between dry and oily, which can improve your overall complexion. The natural alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid in ACV stimulate circulation, minimise pores, soften skin and help reduce red marks and blemishes.
The toner works best after cleansing. Mix one part ACV with two parts water, and apply the mixture with a cotton ball or lightly spray your face. Don’t rinse off after application – the vinegar smell will go away after a few minutes.
Put a bit of ACV in a cup and gargle before brushing your teeth in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, kills bacteria in your mouth and gums and whitens yellowed teeth.
The pH level of ACV is similar to the pH level of the protective acid mantle layer of skin, so using ACV helps balance levels and hydration, and subsequently helps to heal and prevent blistering on skin. Mix ½ cup (125ml) of ACV and four cups (1L) of water, and douse a washcloth with the mixture. Gently apply to irritated or sunburned skin and you should feel the heat go down immediately.