Some home remedies are complete mumbo jumbo, old wives tales passed down because of some coincidence or other. Then there are beauty hacks that are hell, however there is one item that breaks the mold and its properties are backed up by science. Yay, science!
Seriously, vinegar is amazing, it's the handiest thing, you can use it for everything from cleaning windows to disinfecting bites, to even polishing jewelry. Except pearls, they kind of dissolve in vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is an amazing thing, it really is a treasure trove of hair and beauty hacks! It has so many uses that we had to narrow them down to the top ten best beauty hacks for apple cider vinegar.
Maybe the thought of swirling vinegar around your mouth doesn't seem like the most appealing project, but hey, it's effectively the same as wine tasting, right? Don't worry, no one is asking you to take a straight shot, just add a few tablespoons to a glass of water and swirl away. It gets rid of bad breath and helps stop the build up of plaque. You might not want to kiss anybody right after, unless they've eaten onions, in which case, it serves them right.
Super Shiny Hair
This one is an oldie but a goodie! Most shampoos strip the natural moisture from hair, leaving it dull and frizzy, however this can be remedied by making a hair rinse. You mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water and rinse your hair with it after shampooing. Then use a very light conditioner. The vinegar has acetic acid which removes residue build up and closes hair cuticles, giving you smooth and shiny hair.
Death to Dandruff
Not only can apple cider vinegar make your hair sleeker, but it can help get rid of dandruff too! You just need to mix together equal parts water and vinegar, and massage it onto your scalp before washing your hair. The other option is adding a teaspoon of vinegar to your shampoo and wash your hair as normal, except paying extra attention to your scalp.
So Long Sunburn
Sunburn is the worst, you look and feel like a lobster that has been thrown into the cooking pot! Luckily apple cider vinegar can be used to relieve the red, sore skin. Mix four cups of water with half a cup of vinegar, dip a washcloth, or an old towel, whatever is at hand, into the solution and dab onto sunburned skin. It will soothe you. The pH balance in the apple cider vinegar helps balance out the acidity levels in the skin, giving healing a much needed boost and helps stop skin from blistering.
If you have ever had a bug bite, you know that they can be one of the most irritating things on this planet! Grab a cotton ball or pad, like the kind you use to remove your make up, douse it in apple cider vinegar, straight from the bottle. Pat the bitten area with the ball/pad and you will instantly get some relief. The pH balance will stop the itch being so, well, itchy. In addition its anti-bacterial properties will clean out the affected area and because it is an anti-inflammatory, it will help ease the swelling.
Furthermore, it works well with tick bites too. The difference with a tick and other bugs, is that it remains attached after it bites you. Well apple cider vinegar is here to save the day again. Just do the same as you would with a regular bug bite, dab the area with a vinegar soaked cotton ball and after a few minutes the tick will detach and just fall off.
The anti-inflammatories in apple cider vinegar are great for helping skin heal. To give bruises a healing boost just soak your cotton ball or pad in undiluted vinegar and leave it on the affected area for an hour. An hour you say, that's madness! No just secure it onto wherever it needs to be with a bandage or a dishtowel or something, and hope that you don't get any visitors.
Remove Razor Bumps
Shaving is fun isn't it, it's like a little game of roulette with your skin, you never know if it'll turn it smoothly, or if you'll end up with razor burn and tiny cuts around your ankles. Razor bumps are a burden to us all. To combat this, just apply straight apple cider vinegar to the cotton ball or pad and wipe the area with it. Not only does it soothe the skin, but it softens it too, making it much easier for ingrown hairs to grow out.
Apple cider vinegar has many great properties, one of which being anti-fungal. This is especially good news for your feet, especially if you have ever had to suffer through athlete's foot. Not only does it help keep itchy toes at bay, it's also brilliant at deodorizing feet. So if you want to keep your feet smelling sweet, make yourself a little foot soak. Get a basin, add one cup of apple cider vinegar to four cups of warm or hot water, depending on what you like of course. Soak your feet in the basin for fifteen minutes, before rinsing and drying thoroughly. Having a good routine for this can really make sure that you don't end up with cheesy feet and stinky sneakers.
There you have it, ten of the best apple cider vinegar beauty hacks, from your head all the way down to your toes. Frankly the only thing more versatile than apple cider vinegar is baking soda, but that's another story for another day. So now that you know the best beauty hacks with vinegar, what are you waiting for? Go on, try them out for yourself!