The wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) don't end at improving your overall health. In fact, that bottle of ACV from your kitchen can become a handy tool in your beauty and hair care regime as well.
If the regular use of harsh shampoos and styling products is robbing your hair of its natural shine and leading to excess product build-up, you could pamper your hair with some good old ACV. From helping strengthen your roots to detoxifying your scalp, unclogging hair follicles and preventing excess hair loss, ACV will certainly leave you with soft and shiny hair.
Dr Mohan Thomas, Senior Cosmetic Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgery Institute says, “The acetic acid in ACV is a potent antimicrobial and antifungal agent which can not only help in getting rid of dandruff but also help keep your scalp clean.”
ACV can be applied as it is or it can be combined with ingredients like curd, fenugreek, yoghurt, honey or peppermint leaves as well, says Dr Thomas. Pour about 3 to 4 tablespoons of ACV in a small bowl and soak a cotton ball in it. Apply this directly onto your hair and gently massage it on your entire scalp for about 10 to 15 minutes. Wrap your head with a warm towel and let it sit for an hour or so. Rinse with warm water. Once you've done this, you can easily skip the shampoo and conditioner. Dr Thomas recommends following this ACV rinse twice a week, to begin with and gradually make it a monthly routine.
Apart from promoting hair growth, ACV can also help your tresses absorb more moisture thereby preventing split ends and balancing the pH of your hair and scalp.
Dr Thomas says, “ACV is a natural and organic way to help your skin feel fresh and supple.” You can use it to rid your skin of toxins, acne and blemishes for a radiant and youthful glow. He adds that ACV can also help balance your skin’s pH levels, keeping it from becoming too oily or too dry. It can also help in reducing age spots.
Occasionally washing your face with ACV diluted water will help in getting rid of dead skin cells, paving way for new, healthy and vibrant skin. Dr Thomas adds, “You can also soak a cotton ball in ACV and gently dab it over the age spots. After 30 minutes, rinse your face with cool water and pat dry. Follow this routine twice daily for six weeks to see a difference.” However, make sure that you have no open cuts or wounds before applying ACV directly onto your face. To check if your skin is sensitive to this acid, it’s best to do a patch test first.
Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
When diluted, ACV can be used as a face wash and helps in minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Soak a cotton pad or cotton cloth in diluted ACV and dab it on your skin. After a few minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
As ACV is a natural astringent, it can help calm any itchiness and provide soothing relief. Dr Thomas suggests adding about eight ounces of ACV to a bathtub filled with warm water and allow yourself to soak in it for 15 minutes. However, it’s important to follow up with a moisturising lotion as ACV is drying in nature. Dr Thomas explains, “The alpha-hydroxy acids in ACV help to stimulate circulation as well as minimise pores. Thus it can work wonders as a natural facial toner.”
You can also up your beauty game by using ACV to get rid of body and foot odour. Dr Thomas says, “ACV consists of a highly acidic ingredient that neutralises the alkaline environment provided by sweat which in turn destroys the body odour-causing bacteria.”
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