By now we have all heard at least one benefit of Apple Cider Vinegar. Although its pungent aroma can be extremely off-putting at first, the results are undeniable. ACV can be found in everything from salad dressing to hair masks these days. My favorite uses by far are beauty recipes and taking a daily shot of ACV in the morning!
I have been using ACV as a critical part of my beauty routine for 3 years and I have never looked back. I have combination/oily skin, if your skin type falls in this category then you know how trying it can be to find products that work. My skin would wind up flaky or red, irritated and broken out with 9/10 store bought products.
ACV has changed my skin completely. Here are my top 3 beauty uses:
1. Pore Eliminating and Clarifying Toner
This is magical!
- Mix 1-part ACV to 1-part water for dilution (NEVER apply ACV directly to the skin, it is very high in acidity and can burn).
- Apply to areas that are oily or breakout prone using a cotton ball or application pad (T-Zone, Chest, Back etc.)
- Let it absorb into the skin completely before continuing normal skincare regime
What to expect-
Keep in mind that results are not guaranteed as everyone’s skin is different. I will share with you the results that I have personally experienced with this toner after just one use;
- Balanced less oily skin
- Decreased pore size
- Reduced/Eliminated breakouts
- More vibrant and even skin tone
This was honestly my result after just one use. I know the smell can get to you when you are first starting out, but it is so worth it. Give it a try and tell me what you think!
2. Balancing Scalp Detox
I suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis, a very irritating scalp condition. This is not the same as dry scalp or dandruff. It causes extreme itch and painful flaky patches. I have used a couple different scalp treatment shampoos and they have worked but they seemed to over dry my hair. I just couldn’t find a solution that was good for my hair that also treated this stubborn condition.
One night while scrolling through Pinterest in bed I cam across this suggestion; to use ACV as a scalp rinse. The article written behind it covered ACVs stripping ability for product build-up. I figured since it was a natural antibacterial method it was worth a try for my scalp. I couldn’t believe my results! Here is my method:
- Mix 2 parts ACV to 1 part water.
- In the shower or sink apply the ACV mixture directly to the scalp before washing or conditioning.
- Massage thoroughly for 2-3 minutes, applying pressure with your fingertips as you massage.
- *You may feel some tingling/burning sensations especially if your scalp is highly irritated or if you have been scratching. Don’t be alarmed it will subside once you rinse.
- *Do not let the mixture run into your eyes, it’s vinegar it will burn!
- Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly and continue normal wash routine.
What to expect-
After the first scalp rinse I was in love! My scalp had never felt so healthy. I was shocked at the results that my hair had as well. After one use these were the results I noticed:
- My irritated scalp patches were tremendously reduced
- Shinier hair
- Hair had more body
- Scalp felt cool and hydrated (Not red and inflamed as it usually was)
Even if you don’t have a scalp condition you can benefit from doing an ACV Scalp Rinse once a week. The products you use, and the elements build up on the hair and scalp everyday. You will be amazed at the difference that a Scalp detox will have by adding it to your routine just once a week!
3. Clarifying Clay Face Mask
I absolutely love this face mask! It is by far the most inexpensive, results driven beauty recipe that I have come across. With just two ingredients that you buy in bulk, you get numerous uses out just one purchase and because these ingredients have a long shelf life you get more bang for your buck! Here is the recipe:
- 1 Part ACV
- 1 Part Aztec Clay (Find Here)
- Apply ¼ to ½ inch layer on face, neck, or even the chest if you want to.
- Let dry for 5-10 mins for sensitive skin and 15-20 mins for normal skin.
*It’s normal to feel a slight tightening and pulling of the skin.
- Rinse with warm water and then splash face with cool water to close pores.
*It’s normal for the skin to be a little red, it will return to its normal color in about 15 mins.
These are just three of my favorite uses. I will be sharing more uses for ACV in later posts. I am loving it more and more each day.
What are some of your favorite ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar? Comment Below!