Apple cider vinegar has a number of great benefits, internally and externally, and many great uses as well (15 + if you want to know!), so what more great things can we say about this fermented elixir?
What is ACV?
Raw ACV is made from organic apples and goes through a double fermentation process. Through fermentation, enzymes and other nutrients are preserved and work together to bring out therapeutic properties.
Most of the the benefits of organic, raw apple cider vinegar are found in “The Mother.” It may sound a bit strange, but it is this substance that contains the live ingredients that help boost your overall health, owing to its beneficial bacteria and nutrients.
Why use ACV on your face?
Aside from the fact that most traditional face cleansers contain parabens, sulphites, and many other skin-destroying ingredients, apple cider vinegar is all natural and organic. It truly is heaven sent.
It’s important that you dilute your ACV before putting it on your face. It’s also best you do a skin test to see if you will have any sort of reaction before applying to your face.
Be mindful that because of how strong ACV is, your skin may work with it to help push out any impurities. This can look like pimples getting more enflamed than normal. This is called “purging.”
It’s time we give our skin a break from all that it is inundated with daily from the environment and the products we use.
Apple cider vinegar will help remove dead skin because it contains alpha hydroxy acids. If you want to directly target age spots, dab a little ACV on a cotton ball and apply it directly. Wait about thirty minutes and rinse your face with cool water and pat dry. Do this twice daily for six weeks and you are bound to reveal a fresh face.
Fights Acne, Pimples, and Blemishes
In the creating of ACV, magic acid forms, which makes it a potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral substance. You can also try this method if you have oily and blackhead prone skin. If you’d like more information on why your acne is forming, check out this article.
ACV is great for removing oil from your skin but it’s also awesome at helping to balance your pH levels, keeping your skin from getting too oily or too dry. Apple cider vinegar has a pH factor of about 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to the ideal pH for skin, too. If oily skin is what you deal with, try rinsing your face daily with apple cider vinegar.
ACV will not take your wrinkles away, but it can help prevent more from forming. ACV has high levels of beta-carotene, which counteracts damage caused by free radicals, giving us healthy skin and a youthful complexion. Soak a cotton pad or ball in diluted apple cider vinegar and dab on your skin the areas you feel wrinkles might develop. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Helps Remove Toxins
This method is great for your skin all over. Draw a nice warm bath and add a cup of ACV and a cup of Epsom salt. Add an essential oil like lavender for an even more relaxing effect! This will act as a detox for your whole body, not just your skin. It can also help to relieve joint pain, eczema, and acne.
My favorite ACV to use is Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Here is a skin mask provided by Natural Living Ideas.
Skin Clarifying Mask
This is a great mask to use once a week to keep your skin clean and fresh.
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon ginger kombucha
Mix everything together in a shallow bowl and apply to your face. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
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