One product, 11 uses!
No doubt, the stench of apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be rather off-putting (like for real!), but put that thought (and smell) aside, and it’s a magic liquid (okay, health tonic) you can slip into your beauty regimen. After all, this multipurpose ingredient works as a natural method to maintain your skin’s well-being.
Here’s a tip: look for raw, organic ACV that still has ‘the mother’ in it, cos that’s where all the good stuff is. The ‘mother’ is an enzyme and friendly bacteria that floats at the bottom of the ACV bottle (yes, it kind of looks like cob webs), which has healing powers. The main reason ACV works is because it contains several good agents and properties like antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. Talk about added benefits! With that, here are 11 helpful uses of ACV that you can (and should) incorporate in your beauty routine:
ACV makes a great toner thanks to its anti-bacterial property that kills germs. To make an ACV toner, put in three parts ACV to four parts water. Using a cotton pad, wipe it all over your face and neck area and let it sit for five minutes, then rinse off. This also helps lighten any dark spots while controlling excess oil production.
2. Wart Remover
While it doesn’t entirely kill the virus that causes warts, the warts can actually fall off the skin when using this vinegar solution to treat them (consequently, it’ll remove a chunk of the virus). Firstly, clean the affected area before proceeding with the treatment. Then, wet a few cotton pads with ACV and place them on top of the wart(s) and secure them with a bandage to keep the cotton pads in place. Do this for about four to five days and you should see a reduction in the size of the wart(s).
3. Deodorant Replacer
Guess what? It’s a natural way to prevent B.O.! However, we advise only using it to replace your trusty deodorant when you’re not doing any heavy-duty activity. Just soak a few cotton pads with ACV and swipe it all over your underarms. Make sure you let it dry completely first, otherwise you’ll be walking around with some sour apple odour.
4. Heal Sunburn
Sure, Vitamin D is good for us but not when it’s too excessive! Besides causing your skin to turn a few shades darker, some people might experience sunburn. To soothe the sting and redness, pour some ACV onto a little towel or cotton pads and gently pat on the affected area.
5. Fresh Breath
Got a stinky breath dilemma? No worries, you can gargle your way to a minty fresh breath with ACV! Combine one teaspoon of ACV and one cup of water, then mix well. Gargle for 15 to 20 seconds in a swish motion and spit it out before brushing your teeth as usual. Use this to gargle daily to get rid of bad breath while cleaning the mouth and gum.
6. Prevent Ingrown Hair
The pain from shaving is it can create stubbles and cause ingrown hair, which can be super-annoying when you want to achieve smooth, hair-free skin. Thankfully, ACV aids both ingrown hair and the itch that comes along after a shave! Using ACV-infused cotton pads, dab or swipe them on your post-shaven area.
7. Stinky Feet No More
All you have to do is soak your feet in equal parts of water and ACV. Not only does this prevent foul-smelling feet, it also aids anyone with nail fungus as ACV increases the acidity and keeps the pH balance in check.
8. Shiny Hair
You can store away your conditioners (for now) cos ACV is the natural way to get sleek tresses. Plus, did you know that ACV helps remove product build-up? For shiny and healthy locks, simply mix two tablespoons of vinegar into one cup of water. Soak your hair in it and continue with shampoo, followed by a little conditioner.
9. Bye-bye Dandruff
Besides giving you clean and shinier hair, it’s also a natural remedy for getting rid of dandruff. To make this anti-dandruff concoction, all you need is one cup of ACV mixed with three cups of water. Massage the solution for five minutes when you’re in the shower and then rinse it off. We recommend doing this for two to three weeks for better results!
10. Whiter Teeth
Showing off that coveted L.A. pearly whites is possible with an ACV toothpaste. To make this, combine baking soda and a teaspoon of ACV together to make a paste. Put it on your toothbrush and brush away! You’ll notice a brighter set of teeth after a couple of uses.
11. ACV Bath
If you’ve got a yeast infection, an ACV bath will help reduce the itch and balance out the pH level with good bacteria. Fill the tub with warm water and add half to one cup of the liquid, then mix well. If you feel any burning sensation on your skin, just dilute the solution by adding more water.
Source: top10homeremedies.com, naturalremedyideas.com, swansonvitamins.com and davidwolfe.com