By Natasha Bird
If you’re like me and you fancy yourself a bit informed about natural remedies, you’ll know already that Apple Cider Vinegar is a cupboard essential.
A spoonful a day keeps the acid reflux away.
Recently, though, I’ve found myself enlightened about a whole host of other amazing uses for the bottle of cloudy fluid gathering dust in my pantry.
Apple Cider Vinegar, it would seem, is key to a whole new and improved beauty routine.
Even celebs are getting on board with cool kid musician Halsey recently telling Byrdie: ‘ I love activated charcoal, coffee as an exfoliator—apple cider vinegar is an awesome toner as well.’
From soothing acne, to cleaning make-up brushes, here are seven great uses you might not have known about:
1. Foot Spa
Know someone with a bit of a pongy-foot problem? How about suggesting a night in with a foot soak for the two of you.
The acid in the apple cider vinegar makes it quite good at neutralising bad odours. It’s also quite helpful when it comes to dealing with warts and fungus too, so this is great news for gym bunnies who’ve come up agains the odd case of athlete’s foot.
Make your own vinegar soak from 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, diluted in a small tub of warm water.
2. Relieving Acne
Acne is super tough to deal with as a teenager and just as angst-ridden when you suddenly find yourself a sufferer as an adult.
We’ve got lots of information about how to get rid of acne for good and also about how to lessen acne scarring, already on ELLEUK.com, but did you know that apple cider vinegar could help with your acne?
But as well as those options, you could also seek help from your kitchen cupboard in the form of apple cider vinegar, which has been known to kill bacteria and help balance out the skins pH levels, while also absorbing some of the excess oils from the skin’s surface.
Mix one part vinegar to 3-4 parts water, apply solution directly to skin with a cotton wool pad and leave for ten minutes, then rinse. Popular advice suggests trying to do this three times a day if you can.
3. Shiny, Shiny Hair
Some shine treatments use worrying ingredients like formaldehyde and others are just plain expensive. But also, most of them will just add a layer of product onto your already quite product-laden hair.
If you’ve used a few too many serums in the past month and you’re looking for a cost-effective way of stripping them back out of heavy, dank locks, look no further than ACV. The acetic acid in ACV will balance your hair’s pH levels, stimulate your scalp and strip off some of the product build-up and residue,
Dilute 1/3 cup ACV with four cups of water and massage into your hair post-shampoo. Leave for ten minutes, with a shower cap on and then rinse out with cold water for extra shine.
4. Soothing Sunburn
Putting an acid-rich substance on your poor lobster-red burns might sound counter productive, but we assure you, it can help.
But amino acids like arginine and glutamine are actually pretty good at wound-healing. Some of them can neutralise the harmful free radicals that can appear after UVA radiation and others promote collagen production, setting your skin on the path to quick regeneration.
5. Whitening Teeth
As well as using apple cider vinegar to remove coffee and wine stains from fabric, you can also use it to help lessen stains that have formed on your teeth too.
It’s not going to give you the kind of glowing, pearly whites that Ross Gellar from Friends would be proud of, but it will inch you closer to a shinier, stain-free goal.
For maximum results, mix in a little baking soda to make a paste – then brush and rinse!
6. Easing Psoriasis
Drinking some apple cider vinegar every day might make you want to hurl, but it will also be very beneficial to your health so you might want to just grin and bear it.
Skin health is one of the first things that could improve, from brightening your looks to easing the pain of your psoriasis.
Mix a tablespoon with water and knock it back in one.
7. Cleaning Make-Up Tools
The anti-bacterial properties of the acid found in ACV aren’t just good as a topical ointment for your face, they can also help cleanse the implements that come in contact with your face.
Combine a tablespoon of ACV with warm water, plus squeeze half a lemon in for a fresher scent and swirl your make-up brushes around in it to your heart’s content.
Culled from Elle