Apple Cider Vinegar Skin Care Benefits:
Apple cider vinegar is vinegar derived from apple juice that has undergone two fermentation processes- acetification and alcoholic. When using apple cider vinegar for skin care purposes it is best to use natural or organically made products. These can be identified by solid bits of matter dispersed at the bottom of the vinegar. The solid bits consist of particles that could not be distilled out such as acetic acid, ash, zinc, tannin, and riboflavin. Aside from water, the major constituents of apple cider vinegar include acetic acid, beta-carotene, boron, calcium, enzymes, fiber, and iron.
In skin care, commercial soaps can have an alkaline effect on one’s skin. As a result, the skin’s surface becomes undesirably more basic, which studies suggest could be a perpetuating factor in dry, flaky skin. As a solution, apple cider vinegar has shown potential to serve as a natural toner for rebalancing the skin’s top surface layer pH levels. By maintaining the skin acid mantle, apple cider vinegar can work to protect against toxic impurities, leaving behind a more purified, radiant complexion. 1
- Bragg, P. et al. Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System. Health Science Publications, Inc (2003)