California model Sara Stage shares in her recent blog post a beauty must for beautiful skin, hair and overall health — a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar a day. Not the first time I’ve heard of cider shots as a beauty treatment, my modeling agency was also going crazy over it last week (instagram Cider Vinegar Shots). Alas, a gorgeous girl like Sarah and an entire modeling agency definitely got my attention turned to the tonic. As the new trend sweeps over beautista’s everywhere I’ve heard only one common complaint which is the taste. If beauty is pain I’m sure we can endure one more regiment which couldn’t possibly be worse then plucking, waxing, pulling or primping.
Upon further nosing around medical and CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) articles on apple cider vinegar it seems the elixir has been around for ages. Mainly the use of white vinegar mixed with water to aid in weight loss. Although, research in still preliminary there are a few tests which confirms this claim but there has not been enough research to have your doctor prescribe a vinegar supplement to obese patients. Other amazing finds which have been reported to treat numerous diseases, health conditions, and annoyances. To name a few, it’s supposed to kill head lice, reverse aging, ease digestion, and wash “toxins” from the body.
However, as medical articles always go they say there are risks and research is inconclusive. Apple Cider Vinegar contains a high amount of acetic acid which, like a lemon or lime, could burn the skin and throat tissues as well as hurt tooth enamel. That being said, they recommend mixing it will water to dilute it’s potency. Another claim is if taken long-term apple cider vinegar could cause low potassium levels and lower bone density among other warnings for people with diabetes and to express caution if taking a supplement since it’ll most likely not be FDA approved.
People have been using vinegar since the 1950’s with amazing claims and nothing has been reported of it being truly harmful. I will admit I haven’t tried it myself. However, the next time I swing by the grocery store I have decided to pick up a bottle and give it a go (I’ll give a updated report). If a shot of vinegar will help my skin, hair and have a body like Sarah’s — why not check it out?
What is apple cider vinegar?
Vinegar is a product of fermentation. This is a process in which sugars in a food are broken down by bacteria and yeast. In the first stage of fermentation, the sugars are turned into alcohol. Then, the alcohol ferments further and you get vinegar. The word comes from the French, meaning “sour wine.” While vinegar can be made from all sorts of things — like many fruits, vegetables, and grains — apple cider vinegar comes from pulverized apples.
The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar, or any vinegar, is acetic acid. However, vinegars also have other acids, vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids.
From Someone Who Knows Beauty
I want to tell you all about my secret weapon for almost anything! Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (With the Mother) is what you should buy if you haven’t already. It’s pretty inexpensive… about $5 a bottle. It lasts me about a month.
Anyway, let’s talk about all of the great benefits!!!!!
“Why do you like it so much, it tastes bad?” I have been asked by a few people. Well, honey the slightly bitterish-sour (yes I made that word up) taste isn’t that bad, so stop acting like a baby and just take a shot. 30 Minutes later you will be thanking me when you go and take a nice #2.
But for real this time…back to the good stuff. Benefits you ask!
Hair: It is widely known that apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine. Recycle an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair after shampooing several times a week.
Face: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help regulate the pH of your skin? Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball as a toner. Or You can mix into a little water bottle and spray on your face to tone and refresh your skin throughout the day. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. You can also dab apple cider vinegar directly onto age spots and leave them on overnight to lighten their color.
Hands and Feet: Are your hands and feet feeling tired and swollen after a long day? Treat yourself to a personal spa massage by soaking them in a bath tub with Apple Cider Vinegar.
Sunburn: Suffering from a bad sunburn? Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak for 10 minutes.
Teeth: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help remove stains from teeth? Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar and rinse out.
Aftershave: Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and shake to blend.
Weight-Loss: For daily weight and pH balance maintenance, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 oz of water. Sip this concoction throughout the day.
Detox: Add 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 water bottle. Drink this throughout the day to cleanse your body and kidneys all day long.
HOME AND PETS
Cleaning: Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. You can use this concoction to clean microwaves, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors. This mixture also works as a disinfectant.
Flea Reduction on pets: Rub apple cider vinegar onto your pet’s skin. Add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to their water. Spray apple cider vinegar, diluted 50 percent with water, onto your pets and onto your furniture to repel the presence of fleas.