At home beauty recipes are the best things for any beauty junkie. I find so much pleasure in using simple, everyday ingredients in the kitchen to help to maintain, exfoliate, and soften my skin. From naturally scented sugar body and lip scrubs, to cinnamon and honey face masks, there's absolutely nothing I would not try, just for the heck of experimenting.
One new everyday ingredient I have been using lately is apple cider vinegar (ACV). Apple Cider Vinegar is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, and helps to balance the pH of your skin. I am still on the road to getting clear skin, believe it or not, so my reason for testing ACV is to help get rid of my acne, acne scars, and to help tighten my pores.
The smell of it can be a major turnoff for some persons, like myself, but have no fear, it dissipates in the snap of a finger. I've read that it's also best to use raw, unfiltered vinegar, as it is this that contains all the minerals, enzymes, nutrients, and beneficial bacteria. I go with anyone I can get my hands on, and it still works fine, using a cotton ball to apply to affected areas.
ACV is an amazing beauty product for your skin because it:
- Contains natural alpha hydroxy acids, which have been used for centuries for skin rejuvenation
- Lightens sun and age spots
- Balances the skin's PH
- Improves acne and acne scars
- Helps minimize appearance of pores
MAKING YOUR OWN ACV TONER
Step 1 – Get some apple cider vinegar. Raw and unfiltered is better, but anyone can work if you're not fussy.
Step 2 – Add some ACV to a small container and mix with filtered water. You can start with 50% ACV and 50% water, but feel free to dilute the mixture with more water, depending on the sensitivity of your skin.