Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been a staple in my health, hair care and beauty regimen for almost 2 years. I started to incorporate ACV into my hair regimen once a month and my hair health improved tremendously.
How to Choose The Right Type of Apple Cider Vinegar
The best type of ACV is raw, organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered. You’ll be able to tell you have a good one on your hands because it’ll have filmy, strand-like nasty gunky stuff at the bottom of the bottle. That ugly stuff is actually called “the mother” and it’s loaded with raw enzymes and digestive-friendly bacteria that promote healing. Here are some of my favorite benefits of ACV for hair, skin and health:
Effective and natural acne treatment: ACV contains malic acid. Malic acid is what gives ACV it’s antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. These are the properties that help ACV to naturally unblock pores and allow our skin to breathe which effectively treats current acne/pimples but also prevents future breakouts.
Naturally balances oily/combination skin: ACV effectively remove excess oil from your skin which is a lifesaver to people like me who have oily/combination skin.
ACV also helps to balance pH levels: pH is the measurement of how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale ranging from 0-14. A pH less than 7 is acidic while more than 7 is considered alkaline.A pH of 7 is considered neutral. When our skin’s pH levels are out of balance from using the wrong products or eating the wrong foods, our skin will let us know by breaking out. ACV is also effective at preventing skin from becoming too oily or too dry by balancing the production of sebum. Sebum is an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that helps prevent hair and skin from drying out. An excess of sebum is what causes the skin and hair to become too oily, leading to breakouts.
How to use ACV for skin: It’s best to dilute Apple cider vinegar before applying it to your skin. ACV is very acidic and can damage the skin if applied without diluting. To use as a toner, just mix equal parts ACV and water. You can increase the amount of ACV into your mixture as your skin becomes more acclimated to the method.
Natural detoxifying agent for healthy hair: Apple cider vinegar can be used to restore a balanced pH to our hair. Hair’s natural acidity prevents growth of fungi and bacteria in the hair and scalp. It also keeps the cuticle closed and healthy. By doing so, ACV helps to make each strand shinier, stronger, and less prone to breakage. It also removes product buildup & dandruff that can literally suffocate the scalp and slow down your hair’s normal growth. Also, many of the cleansing and styling products we use are highly alkaline. A substance that is too alkaline will cause the hair cuticle to open, while a substance that is too acidic will cause the cuticle to contract. To learn how to balance your hair’s pH check out my ACV Rinse Tutorial below:
Natural cold remedy: Since I suffer from an auto-immune condition, I am more susceptible to catching colds and viruses. Apple cider vinegar is my 1st go-to product whenever I feel a cold coming on. I usually take a tablespoon of ACV with orange juice. If I’m feeling brave I will take a tablespoon of ACV straight. I usually do this 2-3 times a day when I feel a bug coming my way. When I’ve already been hit with a cold I continue the same regimen. It usually lessens the severity and duration of my cold symptoms. It sounds insane but it works! The reason it works is because ACV alkalizes our bodies and helps to kill viruses and harmful bacteria.
So now that you have the full scoop on Apple cider vinegar, how will you be incorporating it into your healthy living and beauty regimen? Comment and share below!
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