The idea may seem strange. Why apply smell vinegar to your face when you have so many wonderful smelling skincare products to choose from today?
Actually, there are some great reasons to use apple cider vinegar. If you’re not convinced, let me share some of the benefits with you.
To make apple cider vinegar, pressed apple juice is fermented until the natural sugars become vinegar. However, you do need to make sure you only use unpasteurized, raw, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar.
Don’t use the refined vinegar. The top quality apple cider vinegar is the only option that has the “mother,” which is the murky, cloudy stuff that you see at the bottom of the vinegar bottle.
The “mother” is what includes trace minerals, bacteria, pectin, and beneficial enzymes that make the vinegar so great for you.
Just remember to shake the bottle each time before using ACV to distribute the elements. You can even easily make your own natural ACV that I posted here. And also, it has a lot more uses as I posted here.
Powerful alpha hydroxy acids are found in apple cider vinegar, and those acids help to slough away dead skin cells. This helps reveal younger, healthier skin cells.
Quite a few skincare products note that they have alpha hydroxy acids in their products, but they usually only contain small amounts. You’ll can far higher levels of alpha hydroxy acids when using apple cider vinegar.
After all, when commercial skincare products say they contain “natural” ingredients, those ingredients are usually useless and dead when they are processed and put in packages.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Age Spots
If you want to eliminate age spots from your skin, apple cider vinegar will offer great results. To apply, use a cotton ball and apply a bit of undiluted apple cider vinegar to the affected area.
Leave the vinegar on your skin for about 20-30 minutes and then rinse it away. You can do this a couple times a day. Use the vinegar for six weeks to begin seeing improvement in the age spots.
ACV for Acne and Pimples
Consider turning to mother nature when you want to eliminate acne instead of purchasing an expensive OTC acne treatment. Several celebrities, such as Scarlett Johanson and Hilary Duff, use apple cider vinegar as a cleanser to help combat acne.
While they could buy super expensive products, they choose to go with apple cider vinegar.
- The reason apple cider vinegar works so well is because malic acid and other substances are formed when the vinegar is created. This gives apple cider vinegar important antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that help to treat and prevent acne.
- The vinegar also helps to unblock your pores, letting skin breathe.
- It helps to remove excess sebum, and it also helps to balance the pH of your skin, preventing skin from becoming too dry or too oily.
How to Treat Acne with ACV:
1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and cool water.
2. Mix 1 teaspoon raw Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl (use the ratio 1:3 tsp (water) if you have sensitive skin).
3. Use a cotton pad to evenly apply the toner to your dry, clean skin.
4. Once the toner dries, you can apply whatever moisturizers or creams you prefer.
How to use apple cider vinegar to cleanse your skin
ACV is strong stuff, so you are best to dilute it with water when you apply it all over your face. Don’t be naughty and use undiluted ACV on the skin. It is very acidic and can damage the skin.
To make your own ACV toner, mix equal parts of ACV and water. You can get creative with your ACV solution. Try adding green tea, aloe vera gel or witch hazel.
After a while when your skin got used to it, you can gradually increase the concentration of the ACV. It depends on the tolerance of your skin. Just make sure you shake it before you use it, so that the water and ACV are thoroughly mixed up.
- Before you use ACV all over your face, it is advisable to test it on a small area of your face. Under the chin is a good spot, just in case you do get a reaction, then it’s not too noticeable.
- To apply ACV to your cleaned skin, simply use a cotton pad and gently glide over skin to remove oil and impurities. Be careful not to get it in your eyes!.
If you are suffering from a breakout, then be warned it will sting your pimples. However, this should feel like a ‘good’ hurt, and not be intolerable.
- When you use AVC for the first time, after 5 minutes, it is a good idea to rinse it off with warm water. This is just so your skin isn’t too exposed to ACV on your first time.
If you don’t get a reaction, then the next time you use it, don’t wash it off, and then you can build up your skin’s tolerance. It is best to apply the ACV toner at night as ACV can increase sensitivity to ultra-violet rays.
- Don’t leave your body out. ACV isn’t just for your beautiful face. If you suffer from acne on your back, you are not alone. Fortunately, ACV is wonderful for treating acne on the back too. If you’re worried about how the hell you’re going to apply it, then just use a spray bottle.
- To finish off your new fabulous ACV skin care regime, you can use a natural, chemical free moisturizer such as coconut or jojoba oil, or whatever suits your skin.