Apple cider vinegar, aka ACV, is the new favourite product of health and fitness junkies. Drinking it – not straight, obviously – has many benefits for your health, and apparently so does soaking in it.
Here’s how it works:
Choose an apple cider vinegar that has been wood-aged instead of chemically-aged. Add 2 cups of it to a regular sized tub filled with hot water. Rest in it for at least 20 minutes and preferably don’t shower straight after it.
Here are the benefits:
Apple cider vinegar is an astringent, meaning it works to reduce inflammation, including sunburn. Soaking in apple cider vinegar relives the pain associated with it and the swelling. If you need a quick fix just dissolve it in a glass of water – 1/4 ACV, 3/4 warm water – and apply onto the skin.
Treatment for skin disorders
Not only is apple cider vinegar an astringent, it works as an antibacterial solution. It helps cure skin infections caused by bacteria, from yeast infections and athlete’s foot to eczema and even dandruff. Yep it is also a shortcut for…
If you’re struggling with dandruff, a dry or oily scalp you’re probably in need of a hair detox. The solution? Next time you you take your AVC-infused bath make sure to soak your hair in it. It will balance your hair sebum pH, remove shampoo residue from your scalp, and restore its softness and shine.
Yes, the dreaded BO. Luckily, ACV can really help. Simply add the vinegar to your bath (as detailed above) or use it as a treatment by cleaning your underarms etc with a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar and water. Just a quick reminder though – apple cider vinegar is a mild acid meaning you should neverdrink it or apply it to your skin withoutmixing it into water.
Rebalances pH Levels
Now, having just warned of the strength of it, ACV’s acidic value can actually help your skin too if used in the right way. The natural pH of your skin is in fact acidic and it works as a protective layer against toxins. But when we wash ourselves with soaps and body washes that typically contain an alkaline base, that natural layer is stripped away. Luckily, AVC can help to restore it.
Muscle aches and pains
Apple cider vinegar is rich in calcium and potassium so adding it to a warm bath will help to rapidly relieve sore muscles – it’s also believed to help reduce the signs cellulite. You can also mix two tablespoons of it with one teaspoon of honey in a warm glass of water and massage the painful area with it.