Friday, August 17, 2012

Vinegar For Skin - Natural Skin Care Cosmetics

Clear skin lover? Longing for clean, fresh and acne free skin? Guess what? You CAN have it all! Apple cider vinegar is your solution! You can use this as a toner to keep your skin's pH balance in check. How so you ask? Well let me explain:

Skin naturally has a pH of 5.6. To maintain it's health, it needs to be kept at this slightly acidic level. When this is interfered with by means of using cleansers, cosmetic products, the ingestion of certain foods,  hormonal changes, etc, the pH level of skin can change and elevate, heading to a more neutral or alkaline state. This can result in break outs, and chronic acne. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is acidic, so it reduces the skin's pH to it's normal acidic level, which is best so that it can stay healthy.

ACV is very inexpensive and can be found at your local supermarket. It also comes in capsules if you intend to take it internally for weight loss and cleansing purposes. Because of the overly tart and acid taste, some people are unable to swallow the liquid.

My skin is normal to dry, as well as sensitive and I use ACV as a toner. I can tell you that IT DOES work! I just dab some on a cotton ball, and use on my face after my facial wash, then I apply my moisturizer. It does not leave my skin itchy, tight, or dry, but instead, soft, fresh and clean. It does have a vinegary smell, but that evaporates very quickly!

ACV also has its uses for hair, chemically treated or not. It can be used after a relaxer treatment to help close opened hair cuticles caused by the chemical, as well as to seal in moisture and help the hair reflect awesome sheen since cuticles will be tightly closed. Sealed cuticles also result in smoother feeling and looking hair. To use on hair, you should dilute it - my formula is 1 part ACV to 6 parts H2O (water).

For those of you who are interested in making your own natural skin care remedies, here are two recipes by JoElle Lyons - First Lady Michelle Obama's skincare aesthetician:



Vinegar & Oatmeal Facial Scrub

Ingredients

30ml/2 tbsp fine oatmeal

30ml/2 tbsp salt

5ml/1 tsp sweet almond oil or avocado oil

5ml/1 tsp cider vinegar

1. Mix the fine oatmeal with the salt and sweet almond oil or avocado oil in a bowl. When thoroughly combined, stir in the cider vinegar.

2. Wash the face with hot (as hot as you can stand) water and mild cleanser, pat dry, leaving the skin moist.

3. Gently exfoliate with the scrub, working around the nose and chin, up the cheeks and across the forehead. Avoid the delicate areas around the eyes.

4. Rinse well with hot (as hot as you can stand) water and pat dry.


Exfoliating Lemon Juice & Olive Oil Masque (oily skin and blackheads)

Ingredients

30ml/2 tbsp oatmeal

30ml/2 tbsp yogurt

15ml/1 tbsp lemon juice

15ml/1 tbsp olive oil


1. Place all the ingredients into a small bowl and mix well to make a paste.

2. Smooth the mask over the face.

3. Leave for 10 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.


Always remember, fashion and hair trends will come and go, but good skin is NEVER out of style!

10 comments:

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    1. Keke0609 - yes hun! It is a cheap and natural solution, and best of all, IT WORKS!!

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    2. i have very sensitive skin plus oily i've tried this but cant use it on my face all the time

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    3. Which have you tried, the acv or the homemade mask or scrub?

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    4. the acv...right now im using cetaphil w/apricot scrub

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  2. Oh ok, I also use Cetaphil - the daily facial wash, and the daily moisturizing lotion with spf. You know your skin better than anyone, so continue with your routine as you know how once it works for you. Do you dilute the acv, or use it at it's full strength for your face?

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    1. use it full strength u think that could be the problem

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  3. Hmmm. I use it at full strength and it works just fine, but my skin is normal to dry and not acne prone. Maybe you should try diluting it then, 1part acv to 1 part water and see if that does any better for you.

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    1. and im the total opposite acne prone and oily skin...2 bad combinations...but will try that to see how that work out for me...thank u so much for the info

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  4. You are most welcome Keke0609. Be sure to let me know how it works for you. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my article. I appreciate it very much :) Feel free to share my videos and articles, as well as subscribe to my blog, You Tube Channel and Facebook page for a chance to win prizes in giveaways every month!


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