Vinegar, or rather, apple cider vinegar, may not help you lose weight. But it will definitely take your beauty routine one notch up. Here’s how to use vinegar for healthy hair and skin.
In fact, both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar have many beauty uses. From preventing acne and healing bruises, to toning skin and for growing hair, there are many beauty uses of vinegar:
- Skin Soother
- Facial Toner
- Hair Rinse
- Sunburn Relief
- Razor Bump Remedy
- Dandruff Treatment
- Bruise Healer
- Bug Bite Treatment
- Foot Deodorizer
How to use vinegar as a skin soother:
Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to warm bath water, and soak in it for 15 minutes. The pH levels of your skin???s protective layer and apple cider vinegar are similar, so it will restore any imbalance.
How to use vinegar as a facial toner:
Add 1 tablespoon apple cider to 2 cups of water. Swipe it on a clean and dry face using a cotton ball. Do not rinse; it should help tighten and tone facial skin. ACV has alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and acetic acid that exfoliates and closes open pores. Yes, vinegar is a natural anti-acne treatment!
How to use vinegar as a hair rinse:
Add 2 tablespoons ACV to 1 cup water, and douse your hair in it after shampooing. This closes the hair cuticles and removes any build up to reveal the natural sheen and lustre of your hair. Follow up with a light conditioner. Vinegar hair rinse is a must during Indian monsoons, as acetic acid makes the scalp squeaky clean while restoring the pH balance of the scalp.
How to use vinegar for sunburn relief:
Add half a cup apple cider vinegar and four cups water. Apply the solution on the sunburned skin using cotton wool or a washcloth. A pH-balanced skin heals sunburnt skin faster.
How to use vinegar as a razor bump remedy:
Apply apple cider vinegar straight from the bottle using a cotton ball. If it is a bad razor burn, then first apply honey, aloe vera or a moisturiser for 5 minutes. Anti-inflammatory and softening nature of ACV calms inflamed skin while softening the beard.
How to use vinegar to treat dandruff:
Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water and massage the scalp with it before shampooing. Or, you can simply add 1 teaspoon of the concentrate straight into your daily shampoo bottle. Anti-fungal properties of ACV stop dandruff from growing on the scalp. And a scalp with a balanced pH prevents dandruff.
How to use vinegar to heal bruises:
Apply neat apple cider vinegar using a cotton ball and tape a bandage. Leave on for an hour or so. For badly bruised skin, follow it up with an arnica gel or pain-relief cream. Anti-inflammatory and softening properties of acetic acid calm injured skin while increasing its circulation.
How to use vinegar to treat insect bites:
Apply undiluted apple cider vinegar using a cotton ball for instant relief from bug bites. Vinegar neutralizes the itch, reduces swelling balances the skin???s pH to speed up healing.
How to use vinegar as a foot deodorizer:
Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to four cups water in, and soak your feet in it for 15 minutes. ACV has antiseptic properties that deodorize and disinfect feet. Plus, its anti-fungal nature prevents fungal foot problems such as athlete???s foot.