Apple cider vinegar is known to have many beneficial properties, with alkalizing and antioxidant qualities that make it a great ally in the kitchen and in the food sector, where it’s used in conjunction with a healthy diet to help reduce a sense of hunger and to maintain body shape. Celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston have touted its wellness properties, which also include improving heart health, reducing cholesterol, and managing blood sugar levels. The fermented liquid's versatile nature also turns it into a wonderful product for skincare and body care, hair wellness, and as a sunburn remedy. Here, L’OFFICIEL shows you five effective ways to use apple cider vinegar outside of your kitchen.
Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat acne and blemishes. Thanks to its antimicrobial power—due to the presence of malic acid—it regulates the production of sebum, helping to fight pimples and blackheads. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties help kill harmful bacteria, fungal infections, and yeasts. In the case of acne, it prevents the clogging of the pores and it allows the skin to breathe. Just prepare a solution of water and ACV in equal portions and apply it to the affected areas with a cotton swab. Leave it on overnight and rinse it thoroughly in the morning. Because it is an acidic treatment, those with sensitive skin should patch test the mixture on the back of the neck or inside the wrist before applying it to the face.
Apple cider vinegar can also be used for the well-being of the hair and scalp, especially to combat dandruff or damaged hair. As a pre-shampoo treatment, apply apple cider vinegar directly onto a cotton ball and pat onto the scalp before washing your hair. This treatment will help you balance sebum production and allow the areas affected by dandruff to be disinfected and healed. Rinsing the hair with apple cider vinegar can also act as a clarifying treatment and help remove build-up from shampoo and conditioner. For this method, shampoo the hair as normal and then dilute two tablespoons of ACV with five tablespoons of water and massage the mixture onto the scalp. Leave it on for five minutes, and then rinse. You’ll get healthier, shinier, and stronger hair with a restoration of a balanced scalp moisture.
Adding this natural antibiotic to your daily diet can aid with digestion thanks to its anti-inflammatory qualities. For a metabolism boost, it is advised to take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water every morning on an empty stomach, possibly with a teaspoon of honey. This easy to make concoction will support the correct functioning of your gastrointestinal system, as well as improve the health state of your intestinal bacterial flora by reducing any bloating. Victoria Beckham's preferred brand is the Bragg organic raw and unfiltered bottle, which contains the "mother," a cloudy part of the liquid that is created naturally by the protein enzyme molecules in the fermentation process.
This multi-use product can also support your body health thanks to its nourishing and healing properties. If you are struggling with muscle pain from fatigue, adding a little apple cider vinegar to your hot bath can provide some relief. You can also use it as an ingredient during a foot bath, as it helps to counteract the swelling in the feet and to eliminate calluses more easily, leaving your skin soft to the touch.
Apple cider vinegar is a secret home remedy for treating painful and irritating sunburns. By balancing the pH of the skin, it instantly relieves the sting of a bad sunburn and can help prevent any blisters from forming. The vinegar should first be diluted with an equal part of water, and can then be applied to the sunburn either with a cotton pad or with a spray bottle.