Apple cider vinegar’s effectiveness as a weight loss accelerator and as a remedy for many ailments is well established. However it is a lesser known fact that it is also an effective cosmetic aid. The surface of our skin is naturally slightly acidic, but most of the soaps we use leave it in an alkaline state. This is obviously not desirable as it opens the door for many bacteria and other ailments. Apple cider vinegar can help your skin regain its protective qualities and leave it looking beautiful and radiant.
You too can have the beautiful glow of a polished apple without resorting to expensive chemicals and commercial cosmetics. Use it in your bath or shower, use it on your face or any area of your body that is under attack from bacteria or fungus. Use it to remove unwanted oils from your body and nails. Apple cider vinegar has a proven track record in detoxifying and benefitting the skin by removing unwanted substances and helping return your skin to its correct pH.
Remember beauty comes from within and a healthy, balanced system that is regularly cleansed and fortified with apple cider vinegar will leave you feeling healthy and energetic. This can only have a positive effect on all aspects of your life.
Apple Cider Vinegar In the Bath
One of the most common ways to use apple cider vinegar is when you bathe or shower. This is because it helps regulate the natural pH of our skin. There are many different recipes for hot apple cider vinegar detoxification and skin conditioning baths, but one of the more common and most effective recipes is to combine 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of ginger. Another is 1 cup of apple cider vinegar combined with 3 cups of kosher salt. Add these to a bath of water as hot as you can comfortably stand and soak for thirty minutes and then rinse yourself off. You can also keep a plastic bottle of apple cider vinegar inside your shower stall so you can apply it to your skin either with a wash cloth or a cupped hand. The clean refreshing tingle you feel afterwards will probably surprise you!
Apple cider vinegar can also be used in the place of deodorizing soap. This is because it provides an acidic barrier on your skin that fights bacteria and other odor-causing germs. This can reduce our reliance on deodorants that can irritate the skin and will also leave your skin with a clean fresh scent. Simply splash some apple cider vinegar onto your underarms and wait for it to dry, or, using an old roll-on bottle, wash, fill with apple cider vinegar and roll under your arms. The strong fragrance of the apple cider vinegar will fade completely as it dries.
Apple cider vinegar can also be part of your regular facial as it can be useful in removing dead skin cells and can help to prevent acne and other skin blemishes. You can make a steam facial by adding ½ cup of apple cider vinegar to a bowl of very hot water, then covering your head with a towel and bending over the bowl. Now use a wash cloth or a cleansing pad to wipe away the oil and dirt. Remember to splash your face with cold water afterwards to close your pores.
Another method for cleansing your pores is by rinsing a hand towel in hot water and then covering your face with it for a few minutes. Now remove the hand towel and cover your face with a tea towel soaked in warm water with a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar added. After this, cover the tea towel with a freshly soaked and warmed hand towel. Rub your face clean as you remove the combination of towels. Once again use a wash cloth or a cleansing pad to wipe away the oil and dirt, remembering to splash your face with cold water afterwards to close your pores.
You can also make a pretty awesome face mask by combining equal parts apple cider vinegar with Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
An effective use for apple cider vinegar is for treating lice infestations. You pour apple cider vinegar onto dry hair, making sure to coat the hair thoroughly, and then leave it to dry naturally. This dissolves the glue that causes the lice eggs to cling to the hair shaft. After this you need to spread olive oil through the hair, then remove as many of the dead lice and eggs as possible by hand. Wash and rinse the hair with shampoo and conditioner to remove any you may have missed.
You can also use the classic application for apple cider vinegar as a natural rinse. I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle and adding 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 2 cups of cold water for restoring the shine and luster to tired, damaged hair and for loosening tangles. Apple cider vinegar is also effective in controlling the bacteria that causes dandruff; just add ¼ cup to 1 quart of warm water and use it as a final rinse.
Feet and Legs
Apple cider vinegar can be used effectively to make you more beautiful from head to toe—literally—so best not neglect your feet! It can be used to treat calluses and corns, as well as reduce foot odor and invigorate tired feet. To make a refreshing foot soak, add a ¼ to a ½ cup of apple cider vinegar to a basin of lukewarm water and soak your feet daily for about ten minutes. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar will also help destroy the bacteria that causes foot odor and the fungus that leads to athlete’s foot. To treat corns and calluses, the concentration of vinegar needs to be higher and you need to soak for at least half an hour. Once your feet are dry from the soak, you can use a pumice stone to rub away the corns and calluses. Pumice stones are available from most health shops.
For those who use nail polish, try rubbing your nails clean with a cotton ball dipped in apple cider vinegar before applying the nail polish. The vinegar will dissolve and remove any residual oils on your nails and thus help the polish last longer. The apple cider vinegar will also promote healthy cuticles and nails.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that most of us will develop varicose veins in our legs as we get older. Try this old folk remedy before you go for any of the expensive modern remedies on the market. Soak some tea towels in apple cider vinegar and then wrap them around your legs. Now elevate your legs for half an hour, leaving the wrappings on.
To freshen your breath and cleanse your mouth of bacteria, try swishing and gargling with the following mixture: A ¼ cup of coconut oil, melted and then cooled, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Do this for a minimum of three minutes, using up all the mixture as you go. This is best done at night, before going to bed.