You know that you can use apple cider vinegar for green cleaning or even internally for health, but did you know that there are some handy beauty uses for apple cider vinegar too?
The more I learn about apple cider vinegar (ACV), the more I become convinced that it is made of magic. Seriously, is there anything that ACV or baking soda can’t fix? I use apple cider vinegar in my cooking, mix a tablespoon into glasses of water when I’m trying to beat a cold, and use it to make pickles when our CSA sends too many veggies for us to eat.
It almost makes sense that you can take your bottle of ACV out of the kitchen for even more uses, doesn’t it? Check out these beauty uses for apple cider vinegar!
5 Beauty Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Hair Rinse – Even if you don’t do the no ‘poo thing, you hair can still benefit from the occasional ACV rinse. The gentle acids in the vinegar help break down buildup. Just mix about 1 teaspoon ACV into a cup of water, and massage into your hair from scalp to ends. Rinse thoroughly in the shower. Your hair may have a slight vinegar smell for about an hour after you do this, so plan accordingly!
2. Vinegar Foot Soak – Treat your feet! An ACV food soak might not smell super great, but it’s excellent for softening your skin. Combine a gallon of warm water with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, and soak away! If you want, you can add essential oils to help mask the vinegar smell and leave your feet smelling great.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner – ACV helps balance the acids on your skin to make you more resistant to acne. Skinacea has a simple recipe for making DIY ACV toner that will leave your skin healthy and radiant.
4. Give Razor Burn the Boot – Apply ACV directly to razor burned skin to help kill bacteria that’s contributing to the rash. Need more razor burn remedies? Check out this list of natural remedies for razor burn!
5. Whiten Teeth Naturally – Instead of using mouth wash, try swishing a mixture of 1 part ACV and 2 parts water before you brush your teeth. The the vinegar helps gently fight stains, leaving your teeth whiter without harmful chemicals. I wouldn’t recommend swishing with full-strength vinegar, because the acid could damage your tooth enamel. Make sure your brush right afterwards, as well, to get any leftover vinegar off of your teeth.
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