Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular foods when it comes to natural remedies and do-it-yourself beauty products, but how many of these recipes actually work?
We looked into some of the most common claims about apple cider vinegar’s health and beauty benefits in order to find the real truth about how to use this ingredient in your daily life.
1. Use Apple Cider Vinegar As A Face Wash
There’s no shortage of articles claiming that apple cider vinegar makes a great face wash – many claim that it can help resolve acne problems.
Turns out this isn’t so far-fetched. Apple cider vinegar shares many properties with glycolic acid, which is often used in the treatment of acne(1). A diluted apple cider vinegar face wash won’t hurt your skin, and the pH balance of apple cider vinegar is close enough to that of our own skin that it won’t upset your natural pH levels.
Make a simple toner by mixing 4 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Apply to freshly washed skin with a cotton ball. If you aren’t seeing results you can make the mixture stronger by reducing the amount of water or increasing the apple cider vinegar but make sure you do this gradually.
2. Use Apple Cider Vinegar On Your Hair
There’s tons of anecdotal evidence from people who swear by apple cider vinegar as a haircare product, but there seems to be little scientific research on the subject. One writer for the Huffington Post states that:
“Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in hair from product buildup. It also works as a natural detangler. When used regularly in your natural hair care routine, apple cider vinegar can revitalize your hair, leaving it soft and smooth. The vinegar also works by closing the cuticle of the hair, which makes light reflect off it. In other words, it makes your hair super shiny!”(2)
The verdict? while there’s no scientific studies on the effects of apple cider vinegar on hair, a quick google search yields tons of rave reviews from natural healthcare blogs. It can’t hurt to try.
Mix one cup of water with one cup of apple cider vinegar and pour into a spray bottle. After shampooing hair, spray the mixture over the hair and let sit for a few minutes. Then rinse out.
3. Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Help You Lose Weight
There have been studies done on the effects that apple cider vinegar can have on your waistline, and the results are promising.(3)
Drinking a glass of water with 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, 15 to 30 minutes before a meal can reduce hunger cravings, which lower your chances of overeating. It also helps digest protein and fats. And good digestion is always helpful.
Never Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Lighten Your Teeth!
This is a claim we found on numerous sites – that apple cider vinegar can lighten stained teeth and nails. While there were no scientific studies on this case, there was an article from a Dutch medical journal about how excessive apple cider vinegar consumption (a whole glass a day!) caused erosion of tooth enamel(4). So, don’t try this!
Other Medicinal Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many scientifically proven health benefits, but they’re not all glamorous and don’t always have to do with shiny hair and teeth.
For example, apple cider vinegar can have an antidiabetic effect, and be used to manage cholesterol levels(5). It can also promote healthy gut bacteria, which is key to preventing a whole host of other diseases, including leaky gut syndrome(6).
While these health effects may not have an immediate impact on your outward appearance, they do have a long-term impact on your overall well being.