Apple cider vinegar is one of the natural beauty’s favourite ingredients. This pantry superfood has now become a critical part of all acne-fighting skin care products.
Even if you don’t practice DIY beauty, apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is an active ingredient in many toners and moisturizers. In fact, ACV has a very rich history. Cleopatra used it as part of her beauty regimen: in the form of a facial cleanser. But, why is this superfood still considered effective?
Below, TABIIB takes a look at apple cider vinegar: what it is, its benefits, and how best to use it.
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made when apple cider is fermented with yeast and other helpful bacteria.
The fermentation process creates a compound in the vinegar called acetic acid, which is well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also contains malic acid – a gentle chemical exfoliant.
Since ACV is naturally acidic, it can help balance the pH of the skin’s outer layer; hence its use as a spot treatment.
The properties that make up ACV can provide the following benefits:
- Balances the skin’s pH
ACV is naturally acidic: it can balance the hydration levels of the skin by nourishing the outer layer.
- Exfoliates skin
ACV contains malic acid which is a well-known exfoliant. It decongests and unclogs dirt from skin and eliminates bacteria.
- Reduces hyperpigmentation
In addition to exfoliating skin, malic acid also decreases the production of melanin; melanin is what influences skin’s darkness therefore, it can reduce dark spots on skin, as well.
- Eliminates blackheads
ACV has antibacterial properties – which is very useful for reducing excess oil and removing dirt.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is very strong and can cause burns, if applied on sensitive skin. For this reason, it should always be diluted with water first – usually, a ratio of one part apple cider vinegar to four parts water.
- As A Toner
A toner tightens the skin to help protect it from dirt and impurities. It’s usually the second step in a skincare routine. The recipe for ACV toner is:
1 part ACV
2 parts purified water
Soak this mixture onto a cotton ball or make-up pad for easy use.
- As A Spot Treatment
A spot treatment works on a particular area on the skin and is the quickest way to get rid of breakouts or pimples. To make a DIY ACV spot treatment, simply dab a small amount onto the breakout with a cotton swab or cotton ball.
The Bottom Line
ACV has several benefits – in food and skincare. However, it’s also a strong ingredient; hence, one must always do a patch test before using these on your skin. ACV, as an ingredient, has a few side-effects as well. These are critical to determine before making it a part of your skincare routine. To get expert advice for your skin, book a consultation with a dermatologist on TABIIB, today.
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