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!

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How do you use our Avocado Lavender Salve? Testimonials from the road…

It’s ski season! And, it was a long drive before friends and I arrived at our hotel. As we settled in and prepared for an early morning on the slopes, our friend began to apply a creme on her hands and arms. The familiar scent filled the room. What was this heavenly-scented moisturizer? It was our Avocado Lavender Salve!

What followed felt as if we were reciting the lyrics to a childhood song about all the areas on the body that the salve can be applied. You know, the song that goes “heels and toes, elbows and nose, lips and…” Okay, we don’t recall the lyrics but you get the idea :). We agreed that the Avocado Lavender Salve is great for all-over-body moisturizing. It’s vitamin-rich avocado oil includes A, E and various B vitamins, nutrients that help to alleviate dry skin and has anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant (anti-aging) benefits.

We ended the evening with a chuckle after discovering that we also applied the salve to our hair. Yes…our hair! While our friend uses it to tame pesky fly-aways, we often run the salve through our hair, using it as a leave-in hair conditioner. It strengthens and keeps our hair tangle-free. It was a great way to end the evening :).

How do you use Naturally Susan’s Avocado Lavender Salve? Let us know.

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