Vinegar also known as the fermented acetic acid is not only used as a cooking ingredient but also for medicinal, industrial and domestic purposes. It is most commonly used for preserving, pickling and flavouring salads and other dishes. Vinegar provides health benefits like it cures bee stings, reduces swelling in hands and legs etc.
Vinegar is known for it's beauty benefits too. Vinegar is an all purpose ingredient at a nominal cost which will be light on your wallet. Not only does it remove stains on your windows, glasses and bed but also removes stain and marks from your skin. Apple cider vinegar is usually used for beauty purposes.
Here are a few beauty benefits of vinegar-
Acne treatment- Dilute a teaspoon of vinegar with 3 tablespoons of water and apply it with a cotton ball on your face. Leave it for half an hour and wash off. Follow this for about 2-3 times a week. This acts as an excellent astringent to treat acne.
Anti-dandruff- Massage your scalp with 2 cups of apple cider vinegar diluted in 2 cups of water. Keep for 2-3 minutes and wash it with shampoo. This reduces dandruff.
Conditioner- Combine a teaspoon of vinegar, 2 egg whites and olive/coconut oil and apply it on your hair and cover it for 30-40 minutes. Wash with a shampoo.
Anti- fungal and bacterial- Vinegar is a natural anti-fungal and bacterial disinfectant. It helps in removing and curing skin infections like itching, ringworm infection and athlete's foot. The acidic properties present in vinegar controls the micro organisms from developing and growing further without causing any skin damage.
Natural toner- Vinegar acts as a natural toner thereby cleaning the skin pores deep from within. Combine half a teaspoon of vinegar mixed with chamomile oil or lavender oil and apply it on your skin for a natural toning effect. Vinegar used as an alternative to chemical toners do not have a harsh effect on the skin.
Nail and cuticle softener- Worried about your brittle nails and tender cuticles? Take bowl of water and add a few drops of vinegar in it, soak your hands and legs for 5-10 minutes and wash. This will strengthen your cuticles and nails.
Detoxify and diet- Vinegar is known for its excellent detoxifying properties. Diluting 5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water and drinking it the whole day to detoxify the liver and kidneys.
Bee sting cure- A bee sting can be painful. Take a bowl of water and add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to it and pour it on the bee sting for immediate relief.
These are few beauty benefits of vinegar.