Apple cider vinegar has many proven health benefits but lets just talk skin today.
Acetic acid is the main ingredient in ACV, although it does contain lactic, malic and citric acids as well. These acids help to exfoliate your skin and exfoliation is the key element to that healthy glow. ACV also helps to balance your skin's PH and acid mantle. The combination of your sebum (oil glands) and perspiration on the skin's surface create your acid mantle. This is the barrier that protects your skin and makes it less prone to dehydration, less vulnerable to environmental damage (such as sun, wind and smog), and also inhibits the growth of bacteria. Pretty important to protect I would say! Another fun fact about ACV, Hippocrates used it to treat his patients in 400 BC!
So what's my favorite way to use apple cider vinegar, you ask? Well let me share that with you also!
I love using witch hazel to tone my skin but when I notice that a new breakout starting to pop up, I like to make a little ACV toner to help balance my skin and bring it back to normal (usually for about a week, once a month)
Mix 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar and 4 tsp. of water
~for acne/oily skin replace water with roobois tea
~ for dry skin replace water with chamomile tea
~ for aging/mature skin replace water with green or black tea
Use a cotton ball and swipe over your skin avoiding eyes. VIOLA! Get back to enjoying your healthy skin!