Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar + DIY Hair Rinse & Astringent

Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar apples lead

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:

Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar via @poorandpretty

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?

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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:

  1. Wash your hair as you normally would, and rinse.
  2. Spritz the apple cider vinegar hair rinse liberally all over your hair and massage into your scalp with your fingers.
  3. Allow the hair rinse to sit for a full minute. (I like to pull my hair up into a hair claw for this.)
  4. Rinse thoroughly, and follow up with conditioner. 

When using it as an astringent:

  1.  Wash your face as you normally would.
  2. Close your eyes and lightly spritz the apple cider vinegar astringent all over your face — be careful around your eyes!
  3. Allow the astringent to dry on your skin, then follow up with your favorite moisturizer. 

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My Natural Skincare Routine

My Natural Skincare Routine feature image via @poorandpretty

My Natural Skincare Routine via @poorandpretty

I’ve gotten to the point where everything I use on my face on a daily basis is handmade by me, which is pretty exciting. I’m often asked about my skincare routine — what products I use, how often I exfoliate, etc. So today, I’m sharing my 100% natural skincare routine with you!

On a daily basis, I…

1. Cleanse: Twice a Day. Every morning and evening, I wash my face with my all-natural homemade face wash. Our skin is constantly attracting dirt, excreting waste, and shedding dead skin cells, so it’s important to keep up with it by cleansing twice a day, especially if you wear makeup. If you don’t wash your makeup off in the evening, it will clog your pores and result in acne. My mild facial cleanser is made with castile soap, jojoba oil, rosewater, and lavender essential oil (I’ve also begun to add a few drops of tea tree oil to it). It contains no harsh surfactants, so it doesn’t strip away my skin’s natural oils. Instead, the jojoba oil and castile soap combine to gently remove dirt without drying out my face. 

2. Tone: After Washing. Immediately after I wash my face, I follow up with my Rose + Tea Facial Toner. Many people skip toners and astringents and go straight to moisturizing, but this is a crucial step in my skincare routine. Using a toner clears up any dirt left behind by my cleanser, restores my skin’s natural pH level, tightens my pores, and hydrates.

3. Moisturize: After Toner. Once the toner dries on my skin, I follow up with either my homemade body & facial oil or homemade shea butter facial cream. Recipes for both of these will be in my natural beauty eBook! Sign up for my emails to be notified when it launches.

My Natural Skincare Routine — exfolating sugar scrub and chocolate face mask via @poorandpretty

On a weekly basis, I…

4. Exfoliate: Once a Week. To get rid of dry skin cells, I’ll use one of my salt or sugar scrubs — I’m really digging my Vanilla Sugar Scrub right now — or if I need something gentler, I go with my oat & cornmeal facial scrub. I exfoliate once a week — any more than that would be too harsh on my skin.

5. Mask: Once or Twice Week. Depending on my skin’s needs, I use one of my clay face masks 1-2x a week. If it needs an extra dose of vitamins, I use my Chocolate or Rose Facial Masks. If it’s on the oily side or I have a few blackheads, I take care of ‘em with my Charcoal Facial Mask. Or if I have an extra avocado laying around, I whip up my Avocado Hair & Face Mask.

What does your skincare routine look like? Do you make any of your own products?

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Friday Faves 8.26.11

1. Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo — the last time I dyed my hair, I really did a number to it because I stripped color and then added red over it. My hair was very angry at me, which is why I’m letting my roots grow out. I’ve been using paraben-, SLS-, and petroleum-free Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo and loving it for hydrating my hair and keeping the frizz at a minimum.

2.Dress Green Pure Hydration Facial Cream — my quest for the perfect, affordable facial cream seemed like an endless one. Because my face alternates between really dry and oily, I’ve had a hard time finding something that hydrates, but doesn’t make my skin oily. Solution: Dress Green’s Pure Hydration Facial Cream. Besides hydrating without being oily, the Pure Hydration Facial Cream is vegan, made with nutrient-rich Avocado Oil, Cocoa Butter, Rose Hip Oil, and other natural ingredients, plus it’s free of parabens and petroleum. I think I’m in love.

3. Earth Science Aloe Vera Complexion Toner & Freshener — While my homemade green tea toner is great for freshening up my face, it doesn’t remove makeup very well, and it’s hard to tell how well it removes dirt from my skin {because it appears yellow on a cotton ball}. Earth Science’s alcohol-free and non-drying Aloe Vera Complexion Toner & Freshener visibly removes makeup and dirt, plus the Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, and Sea Kelp ingredients moisturize the skin.

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DIY Astringent

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I have to admit, I don’t use astringents or toners as much as I should {namely, every day!}, but this summer I’ve found myself unable to go even a few hours without using one or the other. Because our skin gets so oily from sweating in the summer, it’s important to freshen it up every few hours so dirt doesn’t get trapped in our pores. Concerned about what kinds of chemicals are in your astringents and toners? Don’t be! Make your own from three simple, natural ingredients! Here’s a quick recipe for a great basic astringent:

  • 1 tbsp pure/undiluted witch hazel {you’ll be diluting it yourself}
  • 3 tbsp rose floral water {a.k.a. rose water}
  • 3 tbsp distilled/purified water

Put these ingredients into a clean, sanitized bottle with a lid and shake to combine. This recipe makes 3.5 oz of astringent, so try to find a small bottle — I used an old travel-sized lotion bottle. Or, you can double the recipe so it fits into something bigger.

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Can’t find witch hazel or rose water anywhere? Try a natural foods store like Whole Foods Market, or buy them online. I found them at Mountain Rose Herbs and New Directions Aromatics.

It’s best to apply the astringent every day after washing your face and before putting on moisturizer. You can also use it to freshen up if you find your skin feeling a little grimy. Enjoy!

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