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Indeed one of nature's best bounties, apples are potent little bombs of wellness; and apple cider vinegar, the all-natural by-product of this goodness, has several virtues of its own, the least being that it makes you more radiant and beautiful. Truly, apples are a woman's best friend!
Apple cider vinegar has been an ancient remedy for several ills since time immemorial and has been every grandma's go-to solution for everything from constipation to insect bites. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was also amazingly fond of apple cider vinegar and recommended it as a multipurpose cure for almost everything under the sun. However, did you know that incorporating apple cider vinegar in your everyday skin and haircare routines could also reveal startlingly positive results?
The secret lies in the fact that apple cider vinegar is packed with antioxidants, in addition to vitamins and enzymes, that are good for your skin and hair. It's also rich in acetic, malic and citric acids, all great skin boosters. Apple cider vinegar has immense antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and when soaked or rinsed frequently, cures skin- and hair-related ills. Here are five amazing ways in which apple cider vinegar can give your skincare routine a necessary boost.
An All-Natural Toner:
Apples are a renowned skin food and while eating them is a great idea, applying them topically is just as good. Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful astringent, which gives your skin the heady antioxidant boost, just what it needs when it's feeling dull and tired.
Apple cider vinegar tightens the pores and reduces sebum overproduction, thus, reducing acne with regular use. To make the best use of this remedy, always use undiluted and unadulterated apple cider vinegar. The unpasteurised, unfiltered variety is the best. Also, opt for organic apple cider vinegar, if and when you can find it.
To tone your face, dab a cotton ball or a cleansing pad soaked in apple cider vinegar on your face, paying special attention to oily areas like the T-Zone, and open pores. Regular use will yield dramatic results.
Since the pH of apple cider vinegar closely resembles that of the human skin, which is mildly acidic, rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar after shampooing not only eliminates product and sediment build-up on your hair and scalp, but also restores the natural pH balance of your scalp. Further, apple cider vinegar works as a natural conditioner, easing out stressed hair shafts and giving you hair that shines with health.
To use, mix about 5 ml (approximately a capful) of apple cider vinegar in about 200 ml (approximately a glass) of water and rinse your hair with it after you shampoo it. The apple aroma dissipates in no time at all and all you're left with is healthy, shiny hair. A great way to bid a permanent goodbye to all those false promises made by anti-dandruff shampoos that don't work!
Tackle Smelly Feet:
If your feet are coming in the way of your perfect beauty idyll and if they're way too smelly and sweaty for their own good, it's time you tackled the problem head-on with a solution that really works.
Nowadays, everybody has a remedy for smelly feet and a dozen major corporations also offer smelly feet remedies over the counter to lure chronic smelly-feet sufferers; but finding a remedy that truly addresses the problem continues to remain a challenge.
With its antifungal and antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar is a wonderful solution for stinky feet. Regularly soaking your feet in a tub filled with half a teacup of apple cider vinegar dissolved in about one litre of tepid water works wonders for smelly feet. You'll begin to see results within just a week.
pH Balancing Bath:
Apple cider vinegar is a great beauty aid because it balances the pH of the human skin so perfectly. The reason for this is that the mildly acidic pH of apple cider vinegar is very similar to that of the human skin. While harsh products and sediments can erode this pH, causing scaly and dry skin, mixing about 5 ml (a capful) of apple cider vinegar in your bathwater on a daily basis is a sure-fire way to eliminate skin woes and reveal soft, glowing skin.
The sour scent of fermented apples is pleasing in its own way, but if it isn't for you, don't fret because it dissipates very quickly. However, if you're very particular, you can mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil into your bathwater along with a capful of apple cider vinegar. Use organic apple cider vinegar if and when available and always opt for the unfiltered, unpasteurised variety because it contains all the nutrients.
Shiny, White Teeth:
The mildly astringent and sediment-eroding virtues of apple cider vinegar actually make it the perfect mouthwash. It's 100% natural as well and is, therefore, far better than rinsing and gargling with a mouthful of harmful chemicals.
To get a set of perfectly shiny, white teeth, follow up your twice-a-day brushing routine with a hearty apple cider vinegar gargle. Dissolve about 5 ml (a capful) of apple cider vinegar in about 200 ml (a glassful) of water and gargle everyday with it. White teeth will be yours in no time at all.
Apple cider vinegar is a gift from the heavens, a staple in every housewife's cabinet and a wonderful beauty aid. It's safe for the young and old alike, is versatile and finds many uses around the household, too. Invite the goodness of apple cider vinegar into your home and life today and make a decision you'll never regret!
-Jaiwantika Dutta Dhupkar