I think it’s pretty well known that you can use cetrain foods or ingredients as beauty purposes. There are an endless amount of DIY beauty recipes all over the internet. One of my personal favorite ingredient that I swear by is apple cider vinegar. There is literally an endless list of purposes you could use apple cider vinegar for and it works!
1. After sun
Using plain vinegar or apple cider vinegar as an after sun is something that I 1000% swear by. Not a single high-end after sun cream that I have tried so far has been as effective as vinegar has been to me. I love to tan, even during the summer in the UAE (which can get super hot here). Even though I always wear sun protection, sometimes the sun is just too strong and occasionally I get a sunburn. After taking a shower, I make sure to apply vinegar on those sunburned areas which is usually on my shoulders and nose. I apply the vinegar directly from the bottle but you could also use a cotton pad. It’s such a miracle ingredient to prevent the skin from peeling and to cool off from sunburns.
2. Skin Toner
It may not smell good on your face, but it does wonders to your skin. Apple cider vinegar is a rich source of alpha hydroxy acids that increases blood flow to the skin and minimizes pores. Plus, it regulates the pH level of your skin. Use an empty bottle and fill half of it with filtered water and the other half with apple cider vinegar. Leave the bottle in your bathroom and occasionally use the toner on your skin with a cotton pad before your moisturizer.
3. Shiny hair
When I had black hair, I used to do this trick because it’s very obvious on darker hair. In the shower, I mixed my shampoo with apple cider vinegar and massaged it onto my scalp all the way down to my ends. Or, after shampooing I would soak the vinegar in my hair as a treatment before conditioning.
4. Removes dandruff
Speaking of shampoo, the very same trick above also helps to get rid of dandruff or dry skin on the scalp.It helps to restore the natural pH level of the scalp which reduces dry skin on the scalp instantly.
5. Nourishing skin moisturizer
This is a trick that I LOVE to use. I personally have very dry legs and arm (especially my elbows). Exfoliating regularly is one way to reduce the dryness but also mixing vinegar with your body cream. It’s a great and easy way to dissolve dry skin. Add a few drops to your hand or body cream and notice how smooth your skin is going to be afterwards.
6. Bruise healer
Soak a cotton ball or pad with undiluted apple cider vinegar, and secure it with a bandage. Leave on for one hour. Especially on bad bruises, follow with arnica gel or cream. Apple cider vinegar’s anti-inflammatory properties calms injured skin, and its acetic acid increases circulation and healing.
7. Mosquito bite remedy
Moisten a cotton ball or pad with undiluted apple cider vinegar, and dab on the mosquito bite for instant relief. The acids in the vinegar neutralize the itch, while its anti-inflammatories ease swelling and its pH-balancing properties speed healing.
8. Reduces razor bumps
As you already may know, vinegar is good for your skin including reducing razor bumps! Men and women often suffer from razor bumps, especially if you naturally have coarse hair. Simply use a cotton ball or pad and apply some vinegar on it. The anti-inflammatory properties of vinegar will help take down any redness, and the acidic pH helps eliminate ingrown hairs.
9. Nail strengthener
Having soft nails can get frustrating, especially when they start breaking all the time. For this, you can try soaking your nails in 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or in ½ cup each of apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water. If you choose the first option, soak them for 2 minutes and for the second option soak them for 20 – 30 minutes, then rinse it off and massage each nail with olive oil. The apple cider vinegar contains compounds that also reduce discoloration of nails and can also help with treating nail diseases that cause discoloration and softness of the nails.
10. Disinfect make-up brushes
By now we know how important vinegar can be to your skin & body, it’s also great for your brushes! Sometimes, no matter how many times you wash your brushes, there’s still that annoying stain that won’t leave. Or, if you’re a make-up artist you want to make sure that your brushes are disinfected properly. Vinegar can be used as an extra disinfecting step, you can dip your tools (including sponges) in a solution of water and vinegar.