I love when some of the best beauty treatments can be found in our own kitchen pantries. Case in point: apple cider vinegar. It’s a kitchen staple for me anyway, since I love adding the taste to dishes like sloppy joes or bourbon chicken, but now I’ll be adding it to my beauty routine!
You might even have noticed the ingredient showing up in more beauty products lately. Read on to discover all of the wonder it can do in the skin care, hair and nails department.
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that can prevent and heal blemishes by clearing out bacteria and oil. To avoid irritation, dilute a small amount of ACV with water and apply with a cotton round. This also makes it a great ingredient to add into face masks for extra TLC with acne-prone skin. Try the Apple Cider Vinegar 4-in-1 Foaming Clay Mask from Feeling Beautiful to help exfoliate, absorb oil and treat spots. Or, try this DIY Pumpkin Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin.
If you have oily skin, ACV is perfect for helping tone and balance your skin’s pH levels. Since it’s chalk full of AHAs, it increases blood flow to the skin and minimizes the appearance of pores. It also soothes skin conditions like psoriasis, since it reduces inflammation. Find it in S.W. Basics Toner or apply ACV diluted with water (and add more water for more sensitive skin). During summer, I’ll do this in my t-zone in the morning to help keep oil at bay throughout the day.
This is one I can attest to three times over. Since ACV is a natural anti-fungal, it can help get rid of dandruff and restore the pH balance of your scalp to clean out clogged hair follicles and pores. Acetic acid, which is the main ingredient in ACV, also helps remove any product buildup and leaves your hair soft and shiny, making it a great hair rinse. I use the Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse by dpHUE, which also contains argan oil, aloe vera, fire tulip and lavender extract for extra nourishment. Since even diluted ACV can be a somewhat stripping, these extra ingredients help condition and keep the hair touchable. I’ve been using the rinse after workouts when I don’t want to do my whole hair washing regimen but still want to wash out the sweat and extra oils. I follow up with the Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-In Hair Therapy from dpHue to help detangle and boost shine.
Foot and Nail Soak
ACV can give you a hand in callus removal— just let your feet soak in undiluted ACV for about half hour and they will buff right off, leaving your feet soft and smooth.
It can also restore your brittle nails and lighten yellowed or stained nails that haven’t seen the light of day in a while. Follow up with a restoring cuticle oil and your nails will be looking some type of fierce!