Natural Beauty News: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a great staple for all you natural beauty mavens on a budget. It’s extremely effective to use on skin and hair, yet very inexpensive.
Harsh detergents in soaps and shampoos can strip your skin and hair of its natural oils. (Not all oils are bad for your skin and hair, you know.) The acidity in apple cider vinegar counteracts that stripping process by balancing the pH of your hair and skin.
When using apple cider vinegar in your homemade beauty regimen, make sure you get high-quality apple cider vinegar: organic, raw, and unfiltered. This type of apple cider vinegar will contain the most “best for you” nutrients. (If you’re looking for a recommendation, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is pretty amazing stuff. You’ll also be able to get use out of it by making homemade salad dressing!)
So, what exactly can you use apple cider vinegar for? You can make a conditioning rinse for your hair, a refreshing facial toner, or an invigorating bath soak.
Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioning Rinse for Hair- Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water (preferably filtered or distilled). After shampooing, either pour the mixture into your hair or spray on with a spray bottle (this can oftentimes be easier). Let your mixture sit for about 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water. Your hair shouldn’t need any conditioner afterwards. The apple cider vinegar will detangle and restore smoothness and shine to your hair by removing residues and sealing the hair cuticle, which allows light to reflect off of your hair better (read: you’ll have extra shiny hair!).
Apple Cider Refreshing Facial Toner- Mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water (preferably filtered or distilled). Immediately after washing your face, dab some of the mixture on with a cotton ball. The vinegar will create a light barrier on your skin, locking moisture in and improving your complexion. This toner also balances your skin’s pH levels, which will keep your skin at that perfect spot between dry and oily. It can also reduce red marks, blemishes, and add softness to your skin. (Note: if you have super sensitive skin, you can still use this toner. Just dilute your mixture with a little more water.)
Apple Cider Invigorating Bath Soak- This one is SUPER simple. When you’re running your next bath, just add 2 – 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your bath water. Results? Instant all-over smoothness.
If you have an aversion to the smell of vinegar, don’t fear. The smell of the vinegar will dissipate after a few minutes. If you have a sensitive sniffer and you can still smell it? Infuse some water with some fresh herbs. To do this, add chopped, fresh herbs to boiling water. Reduce the heat and simmer for a good 20 – 30 minutes. Let the mixture cool and then strain through a fine mesh sieve. Replace the plain water in the mixtures above with your fresh, herb infused water. Viola! Instant aromatherapy.