Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is one of nature’s most potent ingredients whose health benefits have been tapped into for many years. While it may be presented as a new phenomenon for many people, its history dates back to as far back as 400BC. History shows that in those years, ACV was used for the natural treatment of a myriad of conditions. Today, ACV is one of the most versatile home remedies. Just as the name suggests, ACV is made of apples which have undergone fermentation. Fermentation is used because it retains the nutritional value of apples while enhancing its therapeutic and healing properties.
Consequently, ACV is rich in pectin, amino acids and enzymes. Some of the acids present include acetic acid and malic acid, in addition to vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E. This is important because it provides the body with nourishment required.In addition to this, ACV also has excellent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that come in handy for mild conditions. Perhaps one of the best ways to tap into the benefits of ACV is to use it on the skin. Below are the top five reasons why you need to use ACV on your skin regularly.
NOTE: To enjoy the goodness of ACV, make sure that you us only raw and unfiltered ACV. This type of ACV is recommended because it has not undergone pasteurization, and therefore has no chemical additives, making it the best option for your skin care routine. Before using ACV in any of the ways recommended below, it is advisable to carry out a patch test first to rule out the possibility of skin irritation/ reactions.
1. Natural Treatment of Acne and Pimples:
What You Need: 1 part unfiltered ACV, 2 parts clean water, cotton ball and warm water to rinse.
Do you struggle with acne breakouts and pimples every so often? There is no better way to reduce the breakouts than to make ACV a regular part of your skin care routine. At the core of this remedy is the fact that ACV contains antibacterial properties.
This is important because acne occurs when the skin’s pores become clogged with dirt, grime and bacteria, thus causing pimples to develop. By destroying the bacteria in the skin pores, the ACV helps treat the acne naturally.
Additional benefits of ACV for your skin in this regard include its ability to balance the pH of the skin, thus reducing the occurence of acne breakouts.
NOTE: When using ACV for this remedy, it is important to dilute it using the ratio of 1:2 for the ACV: water. This is done to prevent skin irritation, especially for those whose skin is sensitive.
How to Prepare:
1. Dilute the ACV using warm water in the ratio of 1:2 respectively.
2. Soak the cotton wool in the resulting solution and squeeze the excess solution.
3. Dab the wet wool on the affected part of the skin, taking care not to apply too much pressure.
4. You may discard the wool and opt for a fresh ball if the area affected by acne and pimples is extended.
5. Let the solution dry for about 5-10 minutes.
6. Rinse the skin using warm water.Repeat this remedy daily until the acne clears.
2. Used for Skin Toning:
What You Need: 1 part of ACV and 1 part of filtered water, preferred essential oil, cotton wool and cool water.
ACV has long been touted to be one of the best ingredients for toning the skin naturally. Its toning properties are attributed to its powerful astringent properties. As an astringent remedy, ACV contributes to the constriction of the skin’s pores.
This is an important aspect for people with very oily skin. By tightening the pores, ACV helps regulate the production of sebum by the skin. As a result, there is reduced oil production and therefore less greasiness on the skin. This closely ties to ACV’s ability to balance the skin pH and improve blood circulation below the skin.
Add your preferred essential oil to soothe the skin during the toning process. Lavender essential oil is recommended for its soothing properties as well as its lovely scent which helps counter that of ACV.
NOTE: When it comes to using ACV as a skin toner, there are a number of variations to put into consideration. Use 1 part of ACV and 1 part of water if you have combination/normal skin.
For those with extremely sensitive skin, it helps to dilute the ACV even further, that is, use 1 part of ACV and 4 parts of water. Remember, while the smell of ACV may prove repulsive at the onset, this typically subsides as the solution dries up.
How to Prepare:
1. Use the ratios outlined above to mix the ACV and water depending on the type of skin you have.
2. Add lavender essential oil to the solution and mix some more.
3. Use the cotton wool to apply the mixture on the skin.
4. Let it dry for about 5 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
5. Use ACV for toning the skin at least once daily.
3. Used to Get Rid of Age Spots:
What You Need: 1 part each of ACV and water, cotton ball and cold water to rinse.
Did you know that ACV can be used to eliminate age spots that are often related to the aging process, but may be brought by the onset of pollutants and exposure to excess sunlight?
The presence of alpha hydroxy acids in ACV helps get rid of dead cells on the skin. As a result, fresh new cells come up to the skin surface revealing a more youthful complexion.
ACV is also able to lighten the skin with regular use. If you are wondering how to deal with age spots, follow the simple directions below to make the most of ACV.
How to Prepare:
1. Prepare a solution from 1 part of water and 1 part of ACV.
2. Soak the cotton ball in the solution and dab it on the areas where the age spots have formed.
3. Let the solution dry for half an hour and then rinse with cold water.
4. Another option you can use for this remedy is to place one end of the Q-tip in the ACV and apply it directly on the age spots for a more localized response. This is recommended for those whose skin does not react to undiluted ACV.Use this option twice daily until you notice the age spots start to fade away.
4. Managing Dandruff:
What You Need: 1 Part of ACV, 1 part of water, 10 drops of tea tree oil, water to rinse and shampoo.
While dandruff is not a potentially fatal medical condition, it can be quite embarrassing for many people. Dandruff is a common condition, so most people will experience it severally at some point of life.
What’s more, dandruff seems to be more common in winter, largely attributed to the dry weather. Some of the symptoms of dandruff include itchiness, formation of dry white flakes and even a scaly scalp. One of the simplest ways to counter dandruff is to treat it naturally using ACV.
ACV, as mentioned above, has excellent anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which are integral to fighting dandruff. What’s more, ACV balances the scalp’s pH and this helps with the flaking of skin. Tea tree oil is added to ACV because it is also a potent anti-fungal that contributes to the healing process.
How to Prepare:
1. Mix the ACV and water to get an easy to use solution.
2. Add the tea tree oil and stir to ensure the oil is well dispersed in the solution.
3. Apply the ACV oil mixture on the scalp, making sure you massage in for absorption purposes.
4. Leave the mixture on for some 5-10 minutes.
5. Rinse the scalp using water and proceed to shampoo as you normally would.
6. Use this treatment thrice weekly until the dandruff is under control and the scalp is no longer itchy.
5. Soothes the Skin:
What You Need: 1:1 ratio for ACV: water and cotton wool. You may also opt to use 2 cups of ACV in a bathtub depending on the part of the body affected.
ACV is a simple way to soothe irritated/ inflamed/ reddened skin. One of the most common causes of the redness and irritation is spending too much time in the sun outdoors. While getting sunshine is important to get that Vitamin D fix, overexposure means that the skin comes into direct contact with the sun’s UV rays. This causes damage to the skin’s top layer, leading to redness.
Depending on the extent of the sunburn, it is also possible to get painful blisters with the characteristic inflammation. This is where ACV comes in handy. Its anti-inflammatory properties counter the redness and inflammation while soothing the skin and providing much-needed relief.
Its astringent properties also speed up the healing process. Below are the simple steps to follow when using ACV to soothe the skin.
How to Prepare:
1. Mix ACV and water in the ratio of 1:1.
2. Soak the cotton wool in the mixture and gently pat it on the affected skin.
3. Massage the irritated skin as gently as you can to prevent abrasion.
4. Use this remedy daily for a couple of days until the inflammation ceases.
This method is more appropriate when many different parts of the body are irritated and it is easier to soak in the ACV solution.
1. Place two cups of ACV in the bathtub and run the warm water.
2. Stir the bath water to mix evenly.
3. Soak in this bath water for half an hour, all the while dabbing the solution on the specific parts of the body where the skin is irritated.
4. Apply calamine lotion to complement the healing effects of apple cider vinegar.
Other benefits of using ACV on the skin include its ability to eliminate wrinkles on the skin, managing smelly feet and reducing cellulite appearance on the skin. Remember, to finish off with the use of ACV for different skin care routines, it helps to apply a natural moisturizer to hydrate the skin and seal in the effects of the ACV.