Ever wondered how a kitchen staple can be good for your skin and even your health? Like most people, you’ve probably tried several home remedies — some worked, some didn’t. When these quick fixes do work, they give you instant relief at practically no cost.
By the power of a home regular
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the all-time favorites when it comes to home remedies. From relieving sore throat, improving digestive system, losing weight and even treating smelly feet, people have turned to ACV. Did you know that ACV can boost your skin health too?
Here are 4 ways your skin can benefit from ACV:
- ACV helps prevent and clear up your skin from blemishes.
Owing to its acidic properties, ACV rids your skin of pimple-causing bacteria and arrests acne breakouts. It also eliminates dead skin, excess oils, makeup residue and other skin impurities to prevent these from clogging your pores. Use ACV as a wash. Wet your face. Wash with ACV diluted in equal part of lukewarm water.
- ACV helps lighten blemishes and gives you fairer complexion.
It can also help even out your skin tone by lightening acne marks and age spots. Use ACV as a toner. Simply wet a cotton ball with ACV diluted in an equal part of lukewarm water. Dab the damp cotton across your face. Alternatively, you can also use ACV as a spot corrector. Wet a q-tip then dab on your dark marks. Leave on overnight to see faster, more visible results.
- ACV serves as a natural exfoliant.
Its acidic nature gives apple cider vinegar the ability to gently scrape off dead, damaged skin cells and, in the process, stimulate a faster skin cell turnover. It helps keep your skin youthful looking by surfacing younger, flawless skin. Use as an exfoliant by diluting on a 2:1, ACV and lukewarm water solution. Dab a cotton ball with the solution then wipe across your face.
- ACV soothes irritated and burned skin.
ACV restores your skin’s natural pH levels which helps calm itchy, swollen and even sunburned skin. Soak in a tub with lukewarm water. Add ACV to your bath. You can also patch treat. Dilute ACV in lukewarm water on a 1:1 ratio. Soak a towelette in the solution. Squeeze gently so as not to loose the dampness. Then, place over your skin that needs to be relieved. Repeat up to thrice, letting the towelette rest on your skin for 3-5 minutes each time.
A third alternative is to combine ACV with honey. Mask the affected area with the mixture. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse off with cold water which also adds to the feeling of relief of discomfort.
What makes apple cider vinegar so good for your skin?
ACV is beneficial to your skin for the following reasons:
- It has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.
These properties keep your skin free from bacteria that can cause skin infections.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties.
ACV is able to soothe and calm swollen and itchy skin. It can even soothe the itchiness of a bug bite.
- It contains acetic acid.
It is what makes ACV good at breaking up and eliminating debris from your skin.
- It contains malic acid.
Considered as an alpha hydroxy acid, malic acid helps slough off skin impurities so that younger, brighter skin can show through.
- It contains Vitamin B.
These vitamins help improve circulation of blood and oxygen. It also tightens your pores.
- It contains Vitamin C.
This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant and a natural astringent that helps lighten and brighten skin while also protecting skin from further damage.
- It contains Vitamin A.
A vitamin that is essential in restoring skin health, including correcting fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. It helps whiten skin, acne marks and dark spots by inhibiting melanin.
You have every reason to want an ACV within reach. Try these four ways of putting ACV to good use for the benefit of your skin, and then you will be better able to appreciate how beauty can be effortless, practical and inexpensive.