How to Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Skincare Routine

Find out five surprising ways to make the most of this ingredient.

These days, it seems like apple cider vinegar is popping up in more than just your salad bowl. With a multitude of uses, it's easy to see why this ingredient has grown in popularity. According to dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman, apple cider vinegar is in the spotlight for its simplicity, affordability, and healing power. Apple cider vinegar is made from organic apples and goes through a double-fermentation process, during which enzymes and nutrients are preserved and work together to provide all these benefits. The high acidity levels aid in restoring the natural pH balance of your skin, which can help keep it clear and looking its best. Curious how to add apple cider vinegar to your daily routine? Read on to learn more and print out this guide so you can keep it in your back pocket. 



Engelman recommends diluting the vinegar before you apply it to your face, using a 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar. You can use it as a spot treatment to cure stubborn zits and help your age spots, sun spots, and acne scars fade away or try it as a toner (but she recommends not overdoing it since it can dry you out over time). If you want to brighten your complexion, you can use apple cider vinegar to remove dead skin and reveal a smoother and more radiant skin tone thanks to the alpha hydroxy acids in this ingredient. If you find yourself riddled with razor bumps and burns, you can also use apple cider vinegar to prevent ingrown hair and soothe your skin. 

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Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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