HEALTH & BEAUTY: Skin Care Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

IMG_1315Have you used apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a hair rinse? As a facial exfoliant? Or, as a toner? If so, then you know about some of the benefits of apple cider vinegar for your skin. It’s an all-natural, head-to-toe skin care product!

We’ve been touting the benefits of ACV, the fermented juice of crushed apples that contains vitamins, minerals and acetic and citric acids. It helps to balance the PH level of the skin to help promote skin cell renewal and proper function.

Here are some of the ways ACV can be used as part of your skin care regimen:

Hair rinse – An ACV rinse helps to detangle hair, revitalize shine, and cleanse your hair and scalp by removing residue and buildup from hair care products. It contains properties that naturally remove dirt and debris and has also been known to help manage dandruff. After shampooing, pour a mixture of one part water and one part ACV through hair, and then rinse with water.

Facial Toner – When the skin’s PH level is in balance, skin cells can regenerate, the skin can function properly, kill bacteria and manage excess oil. As a toner, mix one part ACV to two parts water (use more water if you’re skin tends to be more sensitive).  Dab a cotton ball into the mixture and smooth once or twice over face.

Facial Exfoliant – Weekly exfoliation is important to keep skin clear and smooth. ACV helps by removing pore-clogging dead skin cells that can cause breakouts. As a facial exfoliant, mix one part ACV to four parts water (use more water if you’re skin tends to be more sensitive).  Dab a cotton ball into the mixture and smooth over face in circular motion. Then rinse.

Skin Softener – Add some ACV into your bath for a soothing and skin-softening soak.

ACV can also be used to help soothe sunburn, aid in digestion, boost immunity, and whiten teeth. Remember, it’s best to dilute the ACV with water before consuming or applying onto the skin. And, look for raw, organic, unpasteurized, and unfiltered ACV that includes the sediment also referred to as “the mother”. That’s the good stuff!

Thanks again for being kind to your body! And, happy pampering!

5 DIY Tips for Healthy Hair

Is your hair suffering from the Winter blues? Are you tired of blah hair? Cold wintry weather, moisture-sapping heat, and residue buildup can contribute to dry, limp hair. Here are some all natural ways to get your luscious locks back!

1) Apple Cider Vinegar gives hair a helping hand by removing buildup caused by hair care products including shampoos and conditioners and daily pollutants. It helps to revitalize hair and is a natural detangler, so you may not need to use additional conditioners. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part water. Pour mixture onto hair after shampooing and rinse.

2) Mayonnaise is packed with protein and nutrients to replenish dry, over-processed hair. It also increases shine and manageability, so massage some into hair and cover with a shower cap for about 20 minutes. Please remember to shampoo and wash your hair thoroughly or you may smell like mayo for the rest of the day (we learned that the hard way :)).

3) Egg Yolks provide a protein- and vitamin-rich boost for your hair. It’s great for deep conditioning and helps to remove residue. Similar to other hair packs, apply the egg yolks to hair, cover with a shower cap and wash thoroughly after about 20 minutes.

4) Avocados are not only tasty but also they’re great for skin and hair! Replenish and revitalize dry, limp hair with this antioxidant and vitamin-rich fruit. Remove the skin and pits, smash up some avocado flesh and apply to hair. Leave on for about 20 minutes and wash thoroughly. It will do wonders for your hair and skin!

5) Olive Oil is another antioxidant- and vitamin-rich hair revitalizer. Olive oil can help preserve and thicken hair, fight bacteria, fungi and address dandruff conditions. And, split ends…begone! Massage some olive oil into hair, wrap with a towel or cover with a shower cap for about 20 minutes and wash thoroughly. If you find it challenging to remove the oil from your hair, try using some dishwashing liquid.

For these DIY tips, try to use organic ingredients when possible. Let’s get the bounce back in your hair!

~ Naturally Susan’s