It’s pretty much a given that health is the foundation of beauty. Our skin is the largest organ in the body, and is often the first site of trouble when there’s something off balance in your body.
You can lather on all of the skincare products in the world, but if you don’t address root causes like health and nutrition then there’s no point. Today, we’re going to talk about a foodstuff that can provide you with a health and beauty boost: the humble, yet powerful, apple cider vinegar.
Tones Your Skin
Apple cider vinegar has grown in popularity in recent years as a homemade skincare solution, and it’s not too hard to see why. ACV is a mild acid, and when diluted and applied can help restore the skin to its natural pH level, fight off bacteria and inflammation, and even help regulate oil production.
In a previous ‘Let’s Talk Good Skincare Practices’ article, we highlighted a face vinegar with ACV as a good option for oily, sensitive skin. Apple cider vinegar both soothes and exfoliates, making it a pretty powerful ingredient in your skincare arsenal.
Apple cider vinegar doesn’t sound too appetising, especially when you take it in its liquid form. Even diluted, the vinegary taste and smell can get too much for most people. And even if you do manage to keep it down, drinking too much of it could lead to tooth enamel and oesophageal lining damage. Given the downsides, how is it at all possible to make the most of ACV’s many health benefits?
An article on ACV gummies by Brightcore suggests that these particular gummies could actually be the answer. ACV gummies made from organic, non-GMO apples are easier to dose, carry around, and taste much better than liquid apple cider vinegar. They’re also packed with all the important nutrients that make apple cider vinegar so special— without the acidity.
Gets Rid of Dandruff
You probably haven’t thought about putting apple cider vinegar in your hair before, but we say it’s high time that you did. Apple cider vinegar is a mild acid, so it has naturally clarifying properties that can help improve your scalp health.
According to Ipsy, ACV has antimicrobial properties that help it kill off dandruff-causing bacteria and fungi. It can also restore your scalp to its natural pH levels, as well as exfoliate dead skin cells so that your scalp and follicles can breathe easier. Mixing one part apple cider vinegar with five parts water is enough to make the most of its effects. Just be sure to follow it up with a light conditioner, and you’re good to go!
Helps Manage Blood Sugar Levels
Thanks to diets high in processed sugars, diabetes has become a worldwide epidemic. Apple cider vinegar, surprisingly enough, has a role to play here too. Diabetes.co.uk reports that ACV has been found to reduce blood sugar levels after a meal.
While this doesn’t mean that it’s the ultimate cure-all for diabetes and blood glucose management, it can certainly help. Without intervention, blood sugar spikes could lead to serious ailments like nerve damage, comas, and even death. Managing your blood sugar is part of managing your health, and apple cider vinegar can help with just that.