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Stinky apple cider vinegar and how I love it on my skin!
I recently added this to my morning skincare regimen and I love it. I know apple cider vinegar smells, but it’s also known for absorbing orders or smells. Even on the body I’m sure! So after a few minutes the smell is gone.
I mix 1 part Organic apple cider vinegar to 8 parts water and I put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray my skin after a shower. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do and just get past the smell and you’ll be fine. Living in a dry climate it’s helping my skin hold the moisture, also great on the feet. So hope you enjoy the benefits of apple cider vinegar on your skin.
BEAUTY. HOME REMEDIES BY LILY GREENE
Why You Should Wash Your Face With Apple Cider Vinegar
As a natural cleanser, without any worrying chemicals, dyes, fragrances or preservatives, apple cider vinegar cleans your skin safely and leaves it looking fresh and feeling supple.
Apple cider vinegar removes grease and dirt. Just like any good cleanser apple cider vinegar cleanses your skin. But there one big difference! Because apple cider vinegar is a mild acid, it cleanses without altering the pH balance of your skin.
Your skin is naturally acidic because of the sebum and perspiration layer that coats and protects it. This layer known as the acid mantle, stops water loss and keeps harmful bacteria out of your skin.
When this layer is stripped away by other cleansers or by soap and water, you can experience dry skin, if your skin isn’t functioning well enough to replace the lost acid mantle effectively. Conversely your skin can over react to this stripping and produce too much sebum which results in greasy skin.
The malic acid in apple cider vinegar will keep your skin clear of microbes like fungi and the bacteria that cause spots. It also acts as an antiviral that will prevent cold sores and warts from forming.
Apple cider vinegar helps to remove toxins from your skin. Environmental pollution is a big problem for skin (and the rest of our body). Our skin is the layer between us and the world, and in our modern environment it has to deal with substances that the human body has never been exposed to in all of human history. Humans are adaptable but that adaptability is a slow process. We still haven’t fully adapted to the grain based diet that our civilization adopted 10,000 years ago, which is why a diet heavy in grain based foods makes us fat, and why it sets us up to suffer from chronic disease..
The type of pollution in our environment has been around for less than 100 years and our defence mechanisms are struggling to deal with it. We just haven’t had time to adapt. One thing that apple cider vinegar is very good at is drawing these toxins out of the skin and neutralizing them. Used on a regular basis, apple cider vinegar can aid in detoxifying your body inside and out.
For older skin, apple cider vinegar is a real blessing. If you have age spots, apple cider vinegar will help to fade them. As well as cleansing your face with vinegar, you can apply diluted apple cider vinegar to the age spots with a cotton ball.
The alpha hydroxy acids in apple cider vinegar act as a natural exfoliant that removes the dull dead skin cells that make your skin look tired, and reveals the fresh healthy skin underneath.
Wrinkles are another area where apple cider vinegar shines for the older complexion. Older skin with wrinkles is typically dehydrated skin. Holding onto the moisture that your skin naturally produces is a far more effective way of plumping up wrinkles than attempting to add moisture from the surface. Surface moisture just doesn’t work in the same way. By keeping your acid mantle intact, apple cider vinegar prevents the water loss that leaves skin parched and more prone to wrinkle. When your skin has more of its natural moisture your existing wrinkles will be less evident.
To benefit from this effect, you have make sure that you drink plenty of water. If you are in even a mild state of dehydration (as many people are due to their choice of beverages and overconsumption of sodium) then your skin won’t have the moisture level that it needs.
When you consume too much sodium your body has to get rid of it. It does this by drawing water from your body to make urine. The more sodium your body needs to excrete the more water it will use. If you don’t sufficiently replace that water you become dehydrated.
Mild dehydration doesn’t just affect your skin, it can cause headaches, foggy thinking, slowed reactions (on par with those caused by alcohol), and stress on your entire body.
So by drinking plenty of water to hydrate your body and your skin, and by using apple cider vinegar to keep your acid mantle intact, you will ensure that your skin has a nice healthy level of moisture which will help it to look plumper and years younger.
Apple cider vinegar is too strong to use undiluted on your skin. You must dilute it with water otherwise it could burn and leave your skin irritated.
Try a 50% dilution with water and see how that feels on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you may need to further dilute the vinegar. The best thing to do is to make up your dilution and then test it on a small area of skin on your wrist before you use it on your entire face.
Apple cider vinegar makes a great spot treatment. If you suffer from acne or from the occasional pimple, then washing your face with apple cider vinegar could be the solution that you need. It’s a mild cleanser that does not remove too much of your skin’s oil, and it leaves your acid mantle intact. The bacteria that thrive in the alkaline environment caused by soaps and other pH disrupting cleansers can’t survive in large enough numbers to create problems when you use apple cider vinegar on a regular basis.
You can also use a Q-tip to dab neat vinegar onto spots. Just make sure that you only touch the spot with the Q- tip and not the surrounding skin.
Cleansing with apple cider vinegar isn’t something that you need to do every day. Three or 4 times a week is plenty to experience its beneficial effects. An apple cider vinegar skin toner is perfect to use everyday, however. Make a toner with a 25% dilution of apple cider vinegar in water.
Adding apple cider vinegar to your skincare regime will give you cleaner, clearer and firmer skin, and it will reduce your reliance on expensive products that often cause more harm than good.