It’s apple season!!! Stan and I went apple picking last weekend — one of my favorite fall pastimes. :) I’m a big fan of Cortland and Honeycrisp, and I typically use Honeycrisp or Granny Smith in my Apple Cup Pies. As tasty as apples are, did you know they’re also good for your skin and hair? Apple cider vinegar particularly so. Here are a few things it does:
1. Restores pH. Possibly the best thing about apple cider vinegar is that it balances the pH levels of our skin and hair. Having a balanced pH is vital to beauty because if our skin or hair are too alkaline, they’ll become dry and flaky, and open your body up to germs and bacteria. An acidic pH leads to breakouts and inflammation.
2. Natural Astringent. Along with restoring pH levels, apple cider vinegar removes dirt and excess oil and treats acne when used as an astringent. Dilute with an equal mixture of water and ACV.
3. Nonabrasive exfoliant. The malic acid in apple cider vinegar dissolves dead skin cells without scraping the skin, so it’s gentle enough to use on most skin types as long as it’s diluted.
4. Prevents Dandruff. Mixed with water, apple cider vinegar makes a great hair rinse. Malic acid gently exfoliates, removes scalp build-up, and balances the scalp’s pH level, contributing to a healthy, dandruff-free scalp.
2. Stimulates Hair Growth. In addition to promoting and maintaining overall scalp health, apple cider vinegar also prevents hair loss and stimulates hair growth.
Ready for the DIY two-in-one apple cider vinegar hair rinse & astringent?
Combine equal parts apple cider vinegar with water and pour this mixture into a spray bottle. That’s it! You can add a few drops of essential oils to try and mask the vinegar smell, if you’d like. I’d suggest lavender or peppermint.
When using it as a hair rinse:
- Wash your hair as you normally would, and rinse.
- Spritz the apple cider vinegar hair rinse liberally all over your hair and massage into your scalp with your fingers.
- Allow the hair rinse to sit for a full minute. (I like to pull my hair up into a hair claw for this.)
- Rinse thoroughly, and follow up with conditioner.
When using it as an astringent:
- Wash your face as you normally would.
- Close your eyes and lightly spritz the apple cider vinegar astringent all over your face — be careful around your eyes!
- Allow the astringent to dry on your skin, then follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
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