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Tighter Pores, Shinier Hair, and 5 Other Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar has been used to treat and heal a number of ailments since 400 BC. As well as making for an all-natural air freshener, the sour substance can also put a stop to disruptive hiccups—but that’s not all. The common household item is a powerful beauty potion, too.

Seeping with natural antiseptic properties, apple cider vinegar can be applied on the skin, hair, and teeth for an instant beauty boost. Below, we highlight seven surprising beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar.

It prevents acne
Apple cider vinegar boasts antibacterial properties that can help eradicate acne. The potent liquid unclogs pores from bacteria, excess oil, and other debris—and also balances the pH level of our skin. An abnormal pH level can result in a number of complexionsissues such as breakouts, wrinkles, and inflammation.

Mix one part raw apple cider vinegar with two parts water in a bowl, and use a cotton pad to apply the solution to the affected area. Leave for ten minutes, then rinse. Do this twice daily for a noticeably clearer complexion.

It tightens pores
Those who have oily skin and large pores can benefit from apple cider vinegar. The substance contains alpha-hydroxy acids (organic acids that improve cell turnover and reduce the appearance of wrinkles), which can shrink and tighten pores. Mix the liquid with distilled water and use in lieu of your regular toner for best results.

It combats dandruff
The natural antibacterial and antifungal properties found in apple cider vinegar can treat a flaky scalp by restoring its pH balance. Additionally, the potent vinegar cleans out clogged pores and hair follicles, which leads us to the next point.

It gives you shinier hair
By restoring the scalp’s natural pH balance and removing unwanted build-up from styling products and shampoo, apple cider vinegar promotes healthier, shinier hair. You can prepare a DIY hair rinse by mixing a quarter cup of unprocessed apple cider vinegar with two cups of water. Massage the solution onto your scalp (post-shampoo), and allow it to sit for five minutes. Do this once a week for best results.

It soothes sunburn
Apple cider vinegar is an age-old remedy for painful, sunburnt skin as it is a natural astringent (a substance that protects the skin by causing tissue to contract). Not only does it calm itching, inflammation, and irritation, but apple cider vinegar also speeds up the skin’s healing process. Mix equal parts raw apple cider vinegar with cold water and massage it onto the affected area for an easy DIY solution.

It whitens teeth and underarms
Those who are seeking a brighter smile can reach for apple cider vinegar to reduce the surface stains on their teeth. The acidic nature of the tangy liquid boosts brightness while killing bacteria. The whitening powers of apple cider vinegar can also be used to lighten dark underarms. An added bonus? The antimicrobial properties combat odor and bad breath by eliminating odor-causing bacteria.

It assists weight loss
If you’re trying to lose weight, mix a small amount of apple cider vinegar with warm water and honey. Drink the concoction first thing in the morning before you consume anything to help suppress your appetite for the rest of the day. Drinking apple cider vinegar on a daily basis has also been proven to burn stubborn abdominal fat.

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