Apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is one of the newest, hottest ingredients in the world of health, wellness, and beauty. Everywhere you look, it seems like people are advising you to drink apple cider vinegar, make DIY face masks with it, and even wash your hair with it! What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar, and how can you incorporate it into your beauty routine?
Why is Apple Cider Vinegar Good for You?
Apple cider vinegar is made out of the juice of fermented apples. It contains vitamin C, vitamin A, and other minerals that help boost collagen production and protect your skin from UV rays. It also contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are excellent for exfoliation and boosting cell turnover. Finally, apple cider vinegar has potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, so it also keeps your skin looking and feeling calm, smooth, and clean!
Tone and Exfoliate
Because of its AHA content, apple cider vinegar is an excellent, natural ingredient for toning and exfoliating your skin. For a quick and easy DIY toner, mix about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with about two cups of water. (Don’t use 100% apple cider vinegar as a toner. In its purest form, apple cider vinegar is very acidic, and can wreak havoc on your skin’s pH levels if used in too strong a concentration.) Pour a little bit of your diluted apple cider vinegar mixture onto a cotton round and swipe it over clean skin. The apple cider vinegar will help to control excess oil production, soften and smooth your skin, and promote faster cell turnover!
If you suffer from frequent breakouts, apple cider vinegar is a super easy and cost-effective spot treatment. Dip a cotton swab into pure, 100% apple cider vinegar, and dab it over your blemishes. Apple cider vinegar’s potent anti-bacterial properties can help kill off the bacteria that causes acne, which means that your blemishes will go away faster. If you have especially sensitive skin, try patch testing apple cider vinegar on your jawline first, or dilute your apple cider vinegar with water before using it as a spot treatment.
There are so many benefits to incorporating apple cider vinegar into your skincare routine, especially if you have oily, dull, or blemish-prone skin. In addition to making DIY apple cider vinegar skincare products, you can also look for apple cider vinegar as an ingredient in cleansers, toners, exfoliators, or our own Equalizing Mask with ACV & Parsley. It helps cleanse, exfoliate, and balance your skin, helping combat acne without overly drying your skin out.