Kitchen Pampering: Apple Cider Vinegar
During my first pregnancy (over 3 years ago now) I transitioned completely to a natural approach to beauty. As I’ve refined my beauty routine I’ve learned that natural beauty requires minimal specialised products. In fact, many of the foods we have in our pantries (particularly if you follow a natural wholefood diet) are far better for our skin than the chemical-laden products we are sold in the beauty isle. Apple Cider Vinegar is one such item- it is great for the health of your skin, both inside and out. So grab yourself a bottle of raw unpasturised apple cider vinegar, and give some of these beauty uses a try.
Making a hair rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar is a commonly recommended as a replacement for normal conditioner. Add about 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of warm water (multiply the amounts depending on how much rinse you want to use) and pour through your hair. Leave the rinse in, and allow your hair to dry naturally. The vinegar smell will disappear quickly as your hair dries. Apple Cider Vinegar is anti-fungal and will assist with your scalp health if dandruff is a problem.
2. Facial Toner
Apple cider vinegar makes a great toner, to help re-balance skin PH after cleansing. Dilute the vinegar with about 3 parts water to one part vinegar, and apply using Reusable Cotton Wool Pads or a simple cotton face-washer or piece of toweling. (Alternatively, you can wet the pad/cloth first and then dip it in straight vinegar- this eliminates the need to prepare a dilution) Allow your skin to dry naturally and follow with a moisturiser.
3. Bath Soak
Apple cider vinegar can also help to restore the PH of your skin across your whole body. Add half a cup to a warm bath and soak. If you find the smell of the vinegar overpowering you might like to add your favourite essential oil to help mask the smell.
4. Shaving Rash Treatment
Dab undiluted apple cider vinegar over the rash to help sooth the skin and assist ingrown hairs to grow out.
5. Beauty Tonic
Apple Cider Vinegar is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and probiotic. These properties make is unique among the commonly used vinegars in our kitchen. Try drinking a tonic of cup of warm water with a tablespoon apple cider vinegar daily, or up to three times daily. If you don’t like the taste, you can add a teaspoon of raw honey to sweeten the tonic and give it additional health properties. This tonic will improve your digestive health which will show on the outside with clear glowing skin.
Give some of these a go and see if they work for you. You just may be able to ditch a few chemical products, reducing your beauty budget and reducing your plastic and chemical waste in the process. Let me know in the comments below if any of these beauty uses work for you.
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