How To Eliminate Acne, Age Spots, & Wrinkles With Apple Cider Vinegar
The more I learn about apple cider vinegar the more I am convinced that it is the “Holy Grail” of all health related products. I mean seriously, the number of things apple cider vinegar is beneficial for is absolutely staggering. From helping to control blood sugar, to whitening teeth, to promoting weight loss, apple cider vinegar does it all.
Today, however, we’ll be focusing on apple cider vinegar’s skin rejuvenating qualities, such as it’s ability to eliminate acne and combat wrinkles.
Jeremy. Did you just say that it can help with…wrinkles???
You bet! And a lot of other cool things too. Are you ready to find out what those things are? Great! But first, let’s talk a little bit about what the heck this apple cider vinegar stuff is anyways.
What Is This Apple Cider Vinegar Stuff You Speak Of?
Great question. Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar, or ACV for short, is made from…get this…apples! Didn’t see that one coming did you? Yes, apple cider vinegar is made from fermenting apples.
It’s actually a pretty simple process that can be done at home. Check out the Healthy Home Economist for instructions on how to do just that.
What Kind Of Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Use?
Wow! Another really great question. You guys are really on top of it today.
To get the most out of apple cider vinegar you’ll want to make sure of a few things:
1) It’s raw – Cooking anything destroys vitamins, minerals, and healthy bacteria. We want all this in our apple cider vinegar. So make sure it’s says ‘raw’ on your bottle.
2) It’s unfiltered – As mentioned in #1 above, we don’t want anything taken out of our apple cider vinegar. We want it pure as pure can be. So make sure it also says ‘unfiltered’.
3) It’s organic – Don’t feel like rubbing pesticides and herbicides all over your body? Me neither! Make sure you only use organic.
4) It comes in a glass jar – Vinegar is pretty harsh stuff that when left sitting in a plastic container, can cause the plastic to leach chemicals into your precious apple cider vinegar. Avoid this from happening by using glass instead.
5) It contains the “mother” – What did you just say about my mother??!! Calm down, relax. I was just talking about the “mother” in the apple cider vinegar. The “mother” is actually made up of strands of proteins, enzymes, minerals, and bacteria that give apple cider vinegar it’s cloudy, cobweb type of appearance. And we want this stuff!
Check out the Bragg brand for an example of exactly what type of apple cider vinegar you should be looking for.
Making Your Face Wash
Now that you have your apple cider vinegar, it’s time to make your face wash. Start by shaking your bottle of ACV to evenly distribute the “mother”. Then, in a small bowl, mix one part water to one part ACV. (Those with sensitive skin may want to start off with an even smaller ratio such as three parts water to one part ACV or even less.) Now, stir the ACV and water together to make sure they completely mix.
Feel free to experiment with this step until you find a ratio that works great for you. Of course, if you’re not sure how much ACV to use, start with less and work your way up.
How To Use
As with anything, you want to make sure you use apple cider vinegar correctly to achieve optimal results. If this is your first time using ACV on your skin, you’ll want to do a little experimentation first to make sure you’re skin isn’t overly sensitive to it.
To do this, start by dabbing a small amount of your ACV mixture just below your chin and leave it there for 5 to 10 minutes. (If you’re going to have a reaction to it then it might as well be under your chin where hardly anybody will notice.)
All clear? Great! You can now proceed to applying it to the rest of your face using a cotton pad or something else similar.
It’s generally recommended you wash it off after about 5 minutes the first time you use it just to see how your face reacts overall. This time can gradually be increased until eventually you just leave it on.
Top 5 Skin Rejuvenating Qualities Of Apple Cider Vinegar
Alright! So you’ve applied your ACV face wash and let it soak in. Now what? Below are a few of the benefits you can expect to see when you start using ACV on a regular basis.
1. Can Help Reduce Age Spots (Liver Spots)
Age spots, or what are sometimes referred to as liver spots, are flat brownish areas that tend to develop on the skin as we age. They’re considered harmless but can be annoying. Fortunately, you can get rid of them with a little apple cider vinegar.
Because it contains a high concentration of naturally occurring powerful alpha hydroxy acids (which are often added to commercial beauty products to help exfoliate the skin), using ACV on a regular basis can help break down age spots and eventually cause them to fade away.
To do this, apply full strength ACV (not diluted) directly to the age spot. Leave it there for 20 to 30 minutes then wash it off with cool water. Do this once or twice a day for six weeks and prepare to be amazed.
2. Can Help Reduce Acne And Unclog Pores
In addition to containing high concentrations of the super beneficial alpha hydoxy acid, ACV also contains naturally occurring acedic and malic acid. This gives ACV super effective antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties that are important for preventing acne.
Additionally, ACV’s healthy qualities also help to keep your pores open and clear which can also help keep acne at bay.
3. Helps Remove Toxins
Apple cider vinegar is commonly used to draw toxins from the skin. Many people will even add a cup or two of ACV to their bath water for a whole-body detoxification experience.
4. Fights Wrinkles
In case you couldn’t tell, there is a lot of good stuff in apple cider vinegar. One thing we haven’t mentioned yet is beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant important for preventing free-radical damage.
Left alone, free radicals wreak havoc on the skin, which can lead to signs of early aging including wrinkles. Regular use of ACV can help prevent this by supplying your body with beta-carotene which minimizes the negative affects of free radicals.
5. Helps Balance Your Skin’s pH
The pH of your skin, which is normally slightly acidic, is important for a number of reasons. Washing your face regularly with ACV helps balance your skin’s pH by normalizing the production of sebum, an oily or waxy substance secreted by our sebaceous glands to lubricate our skin. This is great news for those who commonly find their skin too dry or oily.
Have you had success using an apple cider vinegar face wash? Please share your story below!
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