The world of wellness holds apple cider vinegar to a high standard — and for good reason. That said, improving your gut health and promoting weight loss aren’t the only benefits of the natural ingredient. In fact, there are a multitude of skin care uses for apple cider vinegar.
However, all of the hype around the skin care benefits of apple cider vinegar can mean one of two things: Either it’s the best natural skin treatment of all time (or, close to it), or it’s just another wellness-related skin care trend that will eventually blow over.
To find out whether or not the skin care uses for apple cider vinegar are as magical as some claim they are, I decided to dive complexion first into the natural skin care ingredient. See my results, plus some of the most popular ways to use apple cider vinegar in your daily beauty routine, ahead.
1. Apple cider vinegar as a toner
One of the most popular skin care uses for apple cider vinegar is as a facial toner. Because apple cider vinegar can naturally balance your skin’s pH — just like store-bought toners — it can leave the skin looking brighter, clearer, and more youthful with regular use.
For this, I mixed one part apple cider vinegar with two parts filtered water in a glass skin care bottle, sealed it with a lid and gave it a good shake before using. Then, I applied a little to a cotton round and swiped the mixture across my freshly cleansed skin. After using the natural skin treatment for a few weeks, I noticed my skin looked and felt clearer than ever. I tend to breakout on my chin area on — what feels like — a weekly-basis, and with regular use was able to avoid these breakouts altogether.
2. In a face mask
One of my favorite ways to use apple cider vinegar is in a homemade face mask. Now, before you go running for the hills, my version of ‘homemade’ is a lot less complicated than it seems.
Instead of scouring the internet for hard to find (and expensive) ingredients, I ordered a tub of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay on Amazon Prime and followed the instructions on the tub for an at-home face mask. Only, instead of water I added apple cider vinegar.
The results? Not only did my skin feel squeaky clean and detoxed, it looked it! And, since the vinegar is pH-balancing, it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry and uncomfortable.
3. As an acne treatment
As I mentioned previously, acne prevention is one of the key skin care benefits of apple cider vinegar. So, naturally I had to test it out as an acne treatment.
Prior to using the apple cider vinegar toner, I tried it as a spot treatment on a pesky chin pimple. While it didn’t make it vanish as fast I would have liked, it did decrease inflammation and help relieve some of the irritation.
4. To soothe skin
Another thing I noticed after using apple cider vinegar every day? My skin was less irritated. And, if it was — by way of heat or post-sweaty workout — all I had to do was spray an apple cider vinegar and water mixture on my skin.
For this, I used the same recipe as the toner, only instead of housing the formula in a glass bottle, I opted for the more convenient spray bottle method.
5. As an anti-aging treatment
Another major skin care benefit of apple cider vinegar? It has some serious anti-aging powers. That said, a few weeks was hardly enough time for me to see results from the natural ingredient. But, with continued use, I should see spots start to fade, tighter skin, and less-noticeable wrinkles.
6. As a scalp treatment
In addition to using apple cider vinegar on the complexion, you can also use it on the scalp to target and treat dandruff. Before I get into my results, I will confess that my dandruff wasn’t all that bad to begin with. However, I like to extend the life of my blowout longer than I should be willing to admit. And, as a result, my scalp’s natural oils build up and make it harder to get that squeaky clean feeling.
Upon shampooing, I sprayed my scalp with a 1:1 ratio of water and apple cider vinegar and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Once my time was up, I rinsed and followed up with shampoo. To my surprise, my hair not only looked shinier, but my scalp felt cleaner than it had in weeks.
If detoxing charcoal face masks are the complexion’s deep cleaners, then apple cider vinegar is the scalp’s.
7. As a sunburn treatment
As a Southern Californian, I experience a lot of sun. And while I am usually good at avoiding its repercussions, my efforts can be flawed. While I — thankfully — didn’t experience a sunburn during this experiment, I have used apple cider vinegar to treat and soothe a sunburn and, boy does it work wonders.
I like to mix 1 cup of vinegar with 5 cups of water, soak a washcloth in the mixture, and then apply as a compress to the sunburned areas of my body. I’d also poured 2 cups of apple cider vinegar into a full bath before and soaked by discomfort away.
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