If you are not aware of the whole Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) bandwagon, just google something like ‘natural stuff for your skin and I wanna bet you you’ll find blogs and Pinterest posts full about it. It’s cheap and is said to work wonders. I think it’s mostly used in three ways: skin toner, hair rinse and as a drink.
Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner
By applying (diluted) ACV as a toner your skin will feel smoother, absorb your excess oils and reduce fine lines in the long run. It does so because ACV can restore the pH levels of your skin. It also helps to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Apple Cider Vinegar as a hair rinse
After washing your hair you can rinse it with diluted apple cider vinegar to restore the pH levels of your hair (just like with your skin). It helps with dandruff as it’s believed to diminish the fungus that causes dandruff. Some use it as a way to get rid of product build-up in hair, making hair livelier and shinier. It will also smooth down the cuticles of your hair, making it less tangled. It adds shine, helps with frizz, stimulates hair growth and reduces split ends (due to the closed cuticles).
Apple Cider Vinegar as a drink
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SHOULD ALWAYS BE DILUTED, DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE DRINKING THIS STUFF!
People are drinking it for various health reasons, but a lot of the times it is used as a weightloss drink. By drinking ACV before a meal you’ll get less large spikes in your blood sugar. This means that you won’t have a big sugar high (get energy!) and therefore big sugar down (feeling tired after a meal). I have never drunk ACV before and to be honest I just can’t convince myself to do it. If I ever do, I will let you know.
How did it work for me?
I tried it as a skin toner and as a hair rinse.
As a skin toner,
I didn’t see any miracles (duh), but my skin was smoother. Around my collarbones I have textured skin, nothing too serious or visible but I always see it. After using the ACV overnight that whole area just completely smoothed out. And remained smooth! I mainly used ACV at night as I didn’t want to smell like vinegar all day. Just believe me when I say you will smell like vinegar. In the morning it is gone though. Thank god.
Did it fade my acne scars? To be honest, I don’t know if it did. I used it religiously for a week or two and then more as a treatment once or twice a week. I still have quite some discolouration in my skin, it might be less but I don’t know if I can credit it to the ACV.
But it’s worth to keep going, maybe in a few months, I can show you a picture with no acne scars! I hope so 🙂
As a hair rinse,
it helped with detangling and keeping my scalp dandruff free. But it must be done religiously once or twice a week for it to keep having an effect. I like the effect of it and it will be in my routine for now.
EDIT: So I forgot about using ACV in my hair for a while, just because I took it out of my shower and I am a forgetful person with a lot of hair products. And then I started using it again and from now on it’s in my routine! My hair feels so much smoother when I use ACV, and I think I only noticed it when I stopped using it how good it was. If you know what I mean.
I apply it as followed, first I will condition my ends and then I will wash my hair and sometimes with a small amount of baking soda mixed through the shampoo to get a kind of scalp scrub idea going on. Then I rinse with diluted ACV and wait for a minute or two, or longer when I can stand the smell and rinse it out with plenty of water.
You gotta be super duper careful though, it will sting your eyes. Been there.
What does it cost?
Probably the best thing about ACV, at least for me, is its low cost and easy availability. You can just pick up a bottle at your local supermarket, but be sure to get the ACV with “the mother” which will be mentioned on the bottle. I paid about two euros for a bottle that probably last me for 6 months.
Have you ever tried Apple Cider Vinegar for anything beauty related?