Apple cider vinegar has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, not only in the popular media but in the world of research due to its amazing health benefits. What is also getting more attention is the fact that is has so many uses as a beauty aid. Read below to find out more about this versatile vinegar and what is can do for the hair, skin and nails.
Rinse Your Hair
The idea of vinegar as a hair rinse has been around for a long time and to make a rinse up, simply mix one part vinegar to two parts water (you can also had a few drops of essential oil of rosemary, which is a great hair tonic). Apply this and rub it in to your hair and scalp between your shampoo and conditioning treatment. It is great for a dry scalp and will leave the hair shiny.
Save Your Manicure
The next time you polish your nails, soak them in apple cider vinegar for about a minute, dry them off. It is best to do this once the cuticle cream has been applied, but before buffing the nails. This extra treatment will remove the oils that are on your nails and allow the polish to adhere so that you get more unchipped days from your manicure.
Tone Your Skin
For wonderful skin tone, dilute two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in two cups of water and apply this mixture to your face with a cotton ball. Let it dry for a moment, then apply your moisturizer as you normally would. The vinegar helps keep the pH balance of your skin and leaves it toned and clear.
Clear up Your Acne
Is acne a problem? One great way to treat it is to make a paste containing apple cider vinegar, honey and wheat flour. Apply it to the affected area, then leave it on overnight and rinse it off the next morning. Due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it will reduce redness and swelling and speed the healing process.
Treat Your Skin
Adding two capfuls of vinegar and a few drops of essential oil of lavender to your bath and then treating yourself to a good soak will help detoxify your skin and leave it soft and pH balanced. The lavender will also help make it incredibly relaxing at the end of a long day.
Keep Your Teeth Healthy
Because it is a natural antiseptic, apple cider vinegar also makes an excellent mouthwash and can help prevent plaque build-up and also eliminate the bacteria which causes bad breath. It can also help to reverse staining of the teeth from things like tea or coffee if it is rubbed directly onto the teeth before rinsing.
Improve Your Overall Health
Although apple cider vinegar works great topically, drinking one to two tablespoons of it diluted in a glass of water two to three time a day will also give you many benefits. This vinegar has been shown to add weight loss by boosting the metabolism and breakdown of fat and can also improve digestion.
So if you are looking to shake up your beauty routine a little, consider that bottle of apple cider vinegar you probably already have in your fridge. It is an incredibly useful beauty aid.
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