For those looking to streamline beauty routines and take their wellness journey up a notch, current trends would suggest that it’s all about going back to basics. From coconut oil to turmeric, honey and olive oil, going au naturel and using any of these as a means of getting healthier or to add some oomph to your beauty routine is no longer considered a niche thing to do. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is one such natural product that has been a source of much debate between experts, and here we look at some of the ways using it in your daily life can give you a boost.
ACV is fat-free and a golden elixir wellness experts have sworn by for years, firstly for its ability to aid weight loss. Though not scientifically proven, a health expert over at GetTheGloss cites two recent studies that affirm that those who had ACV in their diet lost more weight than those who didn’t. It also has the potential to lower blood sugar, fats and cholesterol and to reduce the appetite, as well as being a natural anti-fungal,” said expert Petronella Ravenshear. “Some report that it helps with candida and thrush when taken internally in warm water, and it can be rubbed straight into problems areas of the skin as well. Others swear that it really helps to quell sugar cravings too.”
It’s also repeatedly cited as a great detoxer for the body. As part of balancing the body’s pH, ACV creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.
Apple cider vinegar has been used to cure a range of beauty ailments, including tangled hair, warts, and spots buster and more. For hair care, it can be used as a rinse and a detangler (and will make your locks extra shiny) and in terms of skin care, many use it as a toner and general skin soother. Some even swear it gives you whiter teeth. The reason it can be used for all this is due to its pH. Imelda Burke, founder of Content Beauty & Wellbeing, explains why: “The light layer of oils on the skin is referred to as the acid mantle. If this slightly acidic balance becomes disrupted and becomes too alkaline, as is the case with overly foamy and harsh cleansers, the skin can become dry. Same too with the hair – too alkaline and the hair becomes dry and frizzy, so using apple cider vinegar gently balances both back to a slightly acidic pH, which they prefer.” It can also be used to ease sunburn and to ease those dreaded razor bumps post shaving.
The trick to using it as a skin care product is to dilute it unless you are dabbing it directly on a spot. A mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water works well for a toner and for a hair rinse, dilute ½ tablespoon in 1 cup of cold water.
Before you go and stock up on this home staple, be sure to look for one that is raw and unfiltered (preferably organic) and one that is cloudy as opposed to clear as this is the most potent.