Apple Cider Vinegar In Your Beauty Routine - Yay or Nay?
Updated: Aug 18, 2019
Apple cider vinegar seems to be featured all over wellness sites lately. It's been used for hundreds of years as a medicinal supplement. Research has found its benefits can span reducing blood sugar, fighting bacteria, contributing to weight loss, and more. But does it have any place in your beauty routine? We did some experimenting to find out.
ACV worked great as a natural teeth whitener, as long as you diluted it first. We found it worked best if you mixed a half-teaspoon of raw, unfiltered ACV with the mother in a cup of water and gargled, following up with a thorough teeth brushing about 30 minutes later. Make sure to wait this amount of time, as ACV (and really, anything acidic) can put your teeth in a tender state and immediate brushing can remove some of your precious enamel.
Not only can the ACV help remove stains on your teeth, but it can kill some of the bacteria on your gums as well.
Toner and Exfoliant
Mixing equal parts water and apple cider vinegar can create a diluted concoction that acts as a great toner for your skin when applied with a cotton ball. The acidity can help balance the pH of your facial skin, while also cleansing bacteria, dirt, and oil and tightening your pores.
Also, the citric, lactic, malic, and acetic acids in the vinegar can help exfoliate skin by dissolving the dead skin cells on the top layer. When we were trying out this beauty hack, we washed all our makeup off and and then mixed 1 tablespoon homemade and organic applesauce with 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered ACV with the mother together. We applied the concoction to our faces, while steering clear of our eye areas. After 15 minutes, we wiped off the mixture with a soft washcloth and water and noticed a distinct brightness to our skin.
ACV can be used to help with dandruff and increase the shininess of your hair. Oftentimes, hair that is brittle or looking dull has become more alkaline, and the thought behind using ACV is that its application can lower the pH of your hair. A simple way to use the vinegar in your haircare routine is to mix two tablespoons of ACV with water, massage the mixture into your hair and scalp after a normal shampoo and condition, and rinse out after letting sit for three or four minutes. You may repeat about once a week.
In all of the situations above, do remember that ACV can have a strong smell and effect on your skin - if your skin or any other area feels irritated or like it's burning, stop use of the vinegar. Always use the substance only after diluting with water. Always avoid contact with eyes - and rinse immediately if contact is accidentally made. If any of the above conditions worsen after incorporating ACV into your routine, immediately discontinue use. Please use at your own risk.