When it comes to taking care of our hair, skin, and nails, there are thousands of products on the market that claim to do all sorts of things. But did you know that a very simple and cheap product you can buy at any grocery store can do a lot of what these products claim to do? Apple Cider Vinegar is the key.
Not only is apple cider vinegar good for you, it can also be used as a beauty product? It’s wonderful healing properties have many benefits when used on the skin, hair, and nails. Plus, it’s all natural. And, it’s so much less expensive than traditional beauty products.
Our skin is naturally acidic, but when you wipe Apple Cider Vinegar on it like a toner, it helps the skin balance between oily and dry. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute it a bit with water before you use it this way, as it can burn a little. Many people who have used ACV on their skin report that their acne improves too. ACV is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, which helps to kill all the nasty stuff that can cause breakouts. Since it also works as an exfoliant, it can help reduce age spots too. Even if you don’t have any major skin problems, ACV works well to keep your skin tight and clear and fresh looking.
Many commercial hair products strip our hair and make it dry, brittle, and damaged. But the acidity of Apple Cider Vinegar balances hair and scalp pH. It can also strip away any product build-up. ACV has also been proven to help control dandruff. If you choose to use it as a dandruff remedy, make sure you use organic ACV. I like Bragg’s a lot. After washing your hair with regular shampoo, put a 50/50 mixture of ACV and water on your hair. Cover it with a shower cap and leave it for about 15 minutes. Don’t rinse. Then dry it normally. You’ll need to repeat this everyday for about a week, but it should really help you get that dandruff under control.
Now when it comes to your nails, Apple Cider Vinegar’s biggest plus is in how it can get rid of fungus. Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a common problem and one that can be hard to control. Nails that have fungus are often yellow, dry, and crumbly. They may also be thicker than normal. Abnormal pH levels plus a wet environment (think sweaty shoes), are the culprits. The quickest way to see results on your nail fungus with ACV is to soak your nails in it for 30 minutes a day. Within a few weeks you should see a big improvement.
Apple Cider Vinegar has many uses in the home and in improving our health and nutrition. But now you can add it to your beauty routine too, and not for very much money at all!
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