APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AS A SKINCARE PRODUCT

Apple vinegar as skincare

Some products never disappoint. Like apple cider vinegar as a skincare product, an old-school one that will never go out of style. This golden-yellow wonder is produced during the fermentation of apples and is always in my house because of its multi-functionality.

Apple cider vinegar is suitable as a seasoner, domestic help, skin care product and, last but not least, as a health bomb.

In this article:

  • DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEAR & CLOUDY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
  • WHAT MAKES APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SPECIAL
  • WHY THE ONE WITH THE MOTHER IS THE BEST CHOICE
  • APPLE VINEGAR AS A HEALTHY HERO
  • APPLE VINEGAR AS A SKINCARE PRODUCT
  • HOW TO USE AS A SKINCARE PRODUCT
  • THE BEST WAY TO STORE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEAR & CLOUDY

Apple cider vinegar comes in two versions: the clean filtered and the cloudy unfiltered. The difference between the two is the “mother”, a collection of important nutrients, like cellulose and acetic acid bacteria. During the filtering process this “mother” is removed. Why? Mostly because a cloudy liquid is quickly seen as dirty, so less easy to sell than a clear liquid.

WHY THE ONE WITH THE “MOTHER” IS THE BEST CHOICE

The clean (filtered) and the cloudy (unfiltered) ones have both an acidic acid level of 5 per cent and a mild sweetness from the apple juice. But the one with the “mother” has the following benefits:

1. A little more complexity in flavour.
2. Often organic.
3. The “mother” consists of dozens of types of benign bacteria (probiotics), minerals and enzymes.

Perhaps it is just me and you think this is a bunch of hooey. All okay 😉

APPLE VINEGAR AS A HEALTHY HERO

So the “mother” provides probiotics.
These probiotics a.k.a. good bacteria support your digestion by letting it run more smoothly and you get the most value out of the food you chew on.
But probiotics are also great for the immune system. This is because these good bacteria can kill the bad bacteria. A good case of sick prevention.

How to get these benefits?
Apple cider vinegar has the best effect on an empty stomach. You can mix 1 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it. When this gives you the creeps you can incorporate it into your food, like in a salad dressing, marinades, chutneys or sauces.

APPLE VINEGAR AS SKINCARE

Apple cider vinegar has some interesting anti-microbial and antibacterial properties, which can do great things for your skin.

Improves hyperpigmentation
Apple cider vinegar helps against hyperpigmentation. This is because apple cider vinegar contains malic acid, which is similar to alpha-hydroxy acid. Malic acid removes dead skin cells and helps clear up any hyperpigmentation issues like dark spots. This happens by decreasing the production of melanin (what gives the skin its pigmentation).

Promotes healthy balanced skin
Apple cider vinegar can help your skin to function optimally. It removes unnecessary oils from the skin and regulates at the same time the pH value of your outer skin layer. With healthy-balanced skin as a result.

Against blackheads and acne
Acne and blackheads do not like apple cider vinegar. Why? Malic acid works well on acne-prone skin as it gently exfoliates to unclog the pores and eliminate bacteria.

How to get these benefits?
There are different ways to use apple cider vinegar as a skincare product:

Cotton pad
Soak a wet cotton pad in some apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to the problem spots.

Mask
Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with a tablespoon of clay. Use your fingers or a brush to apply the mixture to your face. Avoid going too close to your eyes or mouth, but don’t forget your neck. Leave the mask on the face for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Toner
You apply a toner to the face and neck after cleansing.
For immediate use: mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with lukewarm water in a glass.
Dab a cotton ball into the toner mixture and apply it to the face and neck.

THE BEST WAY TO STORE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

The best way to store apple cider vinegar is in an airtight container in a cool, dark place away from sunlight, such as in a kitchen pantry or basement. However, it’s not necessary to refrigerate apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar has a long shelf life. Most apple cider vinegar changes in colour and texture as time goes by. However, this doesn’t affect the nutritional value. Just give the bottle a shake to disperse the “mother.”