What You Need To Know About Apple Cider Vinegar And Skincare
In your DIY adventures you’ve probably come across at least one or two recipes that require apple cider vinegar. Its potent properties make it a go-to product for activating some of your favorite treatments, like detox masks and toners, but being high in alpha hydroxy acids you need to use it with care like you would with any chemicl peel. To help you navigate all of the information that’s out there about apple cider vinegar, here’s a simple guide to its most common uses, so you can make an informed decision on whether it’s right for you.
What is apple cider vinegar (AVC)?
Apple cider vinegar is the fermented juice of crushed apples. Packed with potassium, calcium and pectin, ACV also contains vitamin C and B vitamins. Its main substance acetic acid is what makes ACV effective in killing bacteria, or at least preventing them from multiplying, which is why it’s a useful disinfectant and natural preservative. The fermentation process forties the vinegar with even more beneficial acids and enzymes, making it antiseptic and antibacterial–a plus for skincare.
What kind of ACV should you use?
You should look for raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized ACV. Avoid using the refined version.
How can ACV be used in skincare?
Using a face wash or toner made with equal parts water and ACV can help with age spots and acne with regular use. ACV contains powerful alpha hydroxyl acids–more powerful than some commercial alpha hydroxy products– that help remove dead skin cells, revealing a fresher, healthier even complexion.
ACV also helps in treating acne in three different ways:
- During the fermentation process, malic acid is formed, which gives ACV some of its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties necessary for preventing acne.
- ACV helps remove excess oil from your skin, while balancing pH levels, which regulates production of sebum.
- ACV helps unblock pores, allowing your skin to breathe, preventing future flare ups.
It’s important to note that ACV is very powerful and must always be diluted before using it on your face. Due to its acidity, it can damage your skin with improper use, which is why you should test it on the back of your hand to make sure it agrees with your skin.
What are the common uses for ACV?
After you read this list you might think, “Is there anything that apple cider vinegar isn’t good for?” As you’ll see, there’s a reason why ACV is so popular amongst the green DIY community. Note: most of these uses require that you mix ACV with water, so do your research before using.
For Your Home
- All-natural air freshener
- Sanitizes and freshens clothes
- Cleans coffeemaker, pots and pans
- Removes coffee or tea stains from china
- Removes mildew from bathtubs
For Your Health
- Aids in weight loss
- Helps body maintain a health alkaline pH level
- Helps reduces heartburn
- Helps cleanse the lymphatic system
- Helps overall detoxification of the body
For Your Skin/Beauty Routine
- As a hair rinse to boost body and shine
- Regulates the pH of your skin as a toner
- Removes stubborn stains from teeth
- Soothes sunburn
- Alternative to traditional aftershaves
- As a face wash
- As an activator for masks
So now you have more information about how to safely use apple cider vinegar. It’s not for everyone, and those with sensitive skin should avoid using it, but if you’re looking for a natural alternative to chemical face peels and alpha hydroxy treatments, ACV is worth exploring.
Have you tried it? If so, what was your experience like using ACV as part of your skincare regimen?