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10 reasons apple cider vinegar is the new beauty staple

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I started feeding Gracie apple cider vinegar recently because of her yeast infection and while I was reading up about how it’ll benefit the dogs, I was reminded of the many wonders of this often touted health and beauty elixir. I can see the reason for the raves, considering how cheap and easily available this item is. Unfortunately, because of the funky smell, I can’t bring myself to drink nor douse my face and hair with it regularly. But if your nose is more tolerable towards what smells like sweaty socks (o.O), you may want to read on to find out the different beauty reasons to use apple cider vinegar. But first, let me share with you a list of five celebrities who have been benefiting from this vinegar.

1. Heidi Klum
Because apple cider vinegar cleanses the digestive system and makes the digestive tract more alkaline, many celebrities like Heidi Klum love it for its detox and slimming benefits to rid the body of extra fats and proteins. The German celeb swears by a pre-meal gulp of vinegar to curb her food cravings.

2. Megan Fox
According to news report, Megan Fox is not a fan of exercise or dieting. But the star of the new movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is said to keep her body in shape by drinking apple cider vinegar before every meal in order to rid her body of sugars and water weight.

3. Scarlett Johansson
I really like Scarlett Johansson, especially her role as the “Black Widow”. I don’t think anyone would argue with me if I say she’s got a great figure but unlike the other two stars I’ve mentioned who use apple cider vinegar for slimming purposes, Scarlett Johansson uses apple cider vinegar to wash her face. I doubt she uses that alone to keep her skin looking tip-top but it’s good to know she endorses it.

4. Jessica Alba
On the other hand, Jessica Alba uses apple cider vinegar as a hair clarifying rinse to remove product buildup and as a weekly treatment for dandruff. Her recipe? Just add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water and use it as a rinse after shampoo. Having tried this, I’ve to warn that the smell is pretty unbearable but it’ll dissipate after some time. So best not to use this prior to your hot date k?

5. Katy Perry
It seems Katy Perry is also a fan of apple cider vinegar. Well, she calls the vinegar her “secret of all secrets” but it’s not really clear how she uses it. It seems she uses it at times to stay in shape by adding a little apple cider vinegar to her water. In another report, I read that she drinks the mixture to help pro­tect her voice and health.

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Some of you may think that this is all some hogwash and it’s impossible that apple cider vinegar is so wonderful. Well, I can’t blame you because there are insufficient studies to support some of these claims. Still, many people have come forward to share the benefits and it can’t all be that bad right? So what exactly are some of beauty reasons to use this elixir?

1. Help you slim down
It seems that the tart, sour acetic acid produced during the fermentation process helps reduce body fat accumulation. So if you want to shed some pounds, try cleansing your body three times a day by drinking a cocktail of apple cider vinegar and water.

2. Remove buildup from hair
Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar once a week can help to remove the buildup from using silicone-based shampoos and conditioners. Just use Jessica Alba’s recipe of adding two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water, pour it over your hair after shampoo. You don’t have to rinse your hair again if you can tolerate the smell.

3. Make your scalp less oily
If you have very oily scalp, rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar will also balance your scalp condition by reducing the amount of oil production.

4. Make your hair shine
Another benefit of rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar is that it will regulate the ph balance and seal the hair cuticles, making your hair look smooth and shiny.

5. Aid in hair growth
I also read that some people have suggested that taking apple cider vinegar orally or applying topically on their scalp have helped them with new hair growth. While not extensively supported, it does sound plausible since apple cider vinegar contains essential minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, Vitamin C, E, and others that promote healthy hair growth. What I did in the past was to saturate a cotton wool full of undiluted apple cider vinegar and dab it to my scalp after washing my hair. It is actually best not to rinse out but the smell is unbearable even though it does dissipate after some time. So I usually just let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing off. However, because I didn’t do it for long, I couldn’t tell if it did anything for my hair growth.

6. Help treat acne
Besides regulating the pH level of our skin, apple cider vinegar is often said to have natural anti-inflammatory properties and is therefore effective to treat acne causing bacteria. In this case, it is best to use the apple cider vinegar as a toner, diluted either with mineral water or green tea. I wouldn’t recommend using this too often if you have sensitive skin but it might make a good spot treatment for blemishes or it might work very well if you have back acne. If you are interested to try it, check out my DIY recipe using aspirin and vinegar.

7. Get rid of dead skin cells
Apple Cider Vinegar is said to be rich in alpha-hydroxy acids and hence, is great as a natural skin exfoliator. I’ve tried applying ACV neat on some of my acne spots and it did help to reduce the redness and inflammation for some of them.

8. Treat age spots
With its AHA properties, apple cider vinegar may also work as a natural peel for age spots if the spots are not lodged deep beneath the top layer of the skin.

9. Relieve PMS symptoms
Some women swear by apple cider vinegar to ease their PMS symptoms like cramps and heavy bleeding. According to some sources, adding blackstrap molasses to the vinegar is even more effective.

10. Reduce body odor
Ironically, apple cider vinegar is also recommended to help with body odor. Apparently, you can eliminate unsavory smell with oral and topical usage of the vinegar. Smelly feet? Try an apple cider vinegar footsoak!

If you’re thinking of giving apple cider vinegar a try, please take note of these notes to protect your tooth enamel:

- Purchase only raw, organic verson that is all natural and unprocessed.
- Apple cider vinegar can ruin tooth enamel because it is acidic.
- Never drink apple cider vinegar without diluting it.
- Drink ACV with a straw to prevent the vinegar from eroding your teeth.
- Immediately rinse your mouth well with water after drinking ACV.
- Don’t brush your teeth right away after drinking ACV.
- Try not to drink ACV in combination with anything sweet like honey.
- Do not use ACV as a mouthwash as some have been recommending.

If you have a medical condition, I would highly recommend you check with your doctor or some trained experts if apple cider vinegar is suitable for you.

While writing this entry, I tried drinking a glass of apple cider vinegar diluted with water, pinching my nose while doing so. It didn’t taste so bad but I definitely need to be motivated to continue drinking it. So how about you? Are you into drinking apple cider vinegar? How often do you drink it and how has it benefit you so far?

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Comments

  1. Red Scorpio says:

    I have used ACV on my hair. I tried the ACV hair tonic I found on iHerb (WiseWays Herbals). It did leave my hair soft and shiny and bouncy and I could not smell it at all once my hair was dry. BUT when I went to the gym the next day and I started sweating I could smell the vinegar pretty strongly. :-/ Next time I rinsed it a bit more, but it did not make much of a difference; once my head got warm, ACV smell was definitely there.
    I ended up adding it to my shampoo (i.e. diluting the shampoo with some ACV tonic directly in my palm) and it worked nicely as a clarifying shampoo. You just want to make sure it does not get into your eyes!!

    • Sesame Chew says:

      Oh an ACV hair tonic! How interesting! I shall go look it up. I wonder if it helps with hair growth too. I didn’t realized the heat will bring back the smell but good tip about adding to the shampoo.

  2. While we are on this topic, i have a braggs ACV sitting on my work desk staring back at me, I really really tried taking it daily but gave up after a week or two. I had tried taking it on and off for years but the smell is really arghhhh!!! :( pinching my nose while taking it didn’t help much as the pungent taste still traveled down throat.
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    • Sesame Chew says:

      I know exactly how you feel. Same here…very very hard to drink this stuff. Not regularly for me at least.

      • Red Scorpio says:

        I have not tried Braggs, but I can attest that Jarrow Formulas ACV with “Mother” can be drunk straight out of the bottle and it’s actually rather pleasant! Not sure what’s different from other ACVs, but its taste is rather sweet/sweetish and it will not burn your throat more than a straight whiskey would! :-) I also found that on iHerb and it comes in a small plastic bottle which means it’s not heavy either.

    • Esther says:

      You can add a bit of raw honey if the taste is too strong for you (: My dad used for force us to drink it everyday when we were kids and I hated it. But now I’m glad he did for it as it really curbed our teenage acne!

  3. Corinna says:

    You mentioned not to take ACV with something sweet like honey, is there any reason why it’s bad? I was introduce to ACV by a honey seller who told me to mix it with honey and drink it 1st thing in the money for detox and slimming purpose. And I’ve been doing it for a few years. Do you think I should stop this?

    • Sesame Chew says:

      According to a dentist’s comment in a forum, the combination is lethal for the teeth. Just ensure you rinse your mouth after drinking or drink with a straw…probably will help.

      • Corinna says:

        Oh dear! Thanks for the update, I better visit my dentist soon, however, I would like to share with you that the last visit to the dentist, there wasn’t any harm done. Perhaps it’s the way i drank, the mixture didn’t really touch my teeth.
        I also tried ACV with just water last night, this time really for slimming (hope it works!), I was expecting it to be bad, but I guess my many years of drinking with honey actually made it acceptable to me.
        Share a storey with you. I told my friend about ACV couple of years ago and so she tried a small glass for detox. She told me she had the runs after drinking and then we realised why. She drank about half a mug of ACV neat!

        • Sesame Chew says:

          I realized I made a typo in my reply – I’d meant to say drink with a straw and not a teeth! LOL.

          Yes, your drinking method is right so I suppose that’s why you teeth has no issues. So in that case, no issues drinking with honey. I think the taste is more tolerable?

          As for your friend, wow…how did she manage to drink half a mug neat? Wouldn’t it burn or something?

          • Corinna says:

            I actually like the taste of ACV with honey! Haha!
            She told me it was really not easy swallowing it, and she wondered how I managed it daily, but since I did and it’s supposed to be good, she did it. ONCE! Got scared after that. Of cos, after she related that incident to me, to ask if I also had diarrhea, she realised she left out the honey and water.
            I really don’t know how she missed out on the honey.

          • Sesame Chew says:

            I still think leaving out the water was worse than leaving out the honey. :razz:

  4. Tracy says:

    Try it with clover honey, it helps with the taste bit.

  5. I love apple cider vinegar (not the taste), I feel better after having it, more energy definately. I tried it a few years ago for a detox and have been taking it ever since.
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    • Sesame Chew says:

      Hmmm….I should start on it soon. Haha…tout all the benefits and I’m not really drinking it. What an irony. :razz:

  6. Gember says:

    I haven’t tried drinking it but I’ve finally managed to get rid the embarrassing warts on my fingers by applying ACV on them every night. I’d been going to a dermatologist to get rid of the warts by freezing but it only lasts a couple of months before they returned. I heard about the ACV method and searched on the internet to find out more about it . I was sceptical at first but I thought no harm in giving it a go and the freezing procedure is expensive compared to the nightly application of ACV. It took a while before I could see it actually working, and then suddenly one morning when I took off the plasters the warts came off with them too. The smaller warts came off cleanly but on my thumb where the main wart was , there was a hole left where the wart was before. I applied oregano oil for a week on this and that completely disappeared too and left healthy skin on the thumb. And it’s been a year and no more warts. As a precaution I still take L-lysine as a supplement and double the intake when travelling in winter. As a side benefit I didn’t get any cold sores this time while everyone around was getting them at least once :)

    • Sesame Chew says:

      Oh wow! I did read about it being used on warts and was skeptical but your testimony just floored me. So interesting! I hadn’t expect ACV to be so effective! I have one on my leg for the longest time and wonder if it’ll work.

  7. Wow. I am totally going to buy apple cider vinegar. My brother has been using it for weight, but I wasn’t too sure how well it worked. But reading all the great benefits, and that even Hollywood is using it for its detoxing benefits, makes me want to start using it asap!

  8. Here’s a real testimonial from my husband who drinks Acv with water before a meal to lose weight.

    He lost his belly in two months and his previously sluggish digestive system cleared up (he used to get bloated easily if he had any breads, oily food etc)

    The only exercise he incorporated was to jump on a trampoline for 5-10 mins every morning. He is a believer after he tried every easiest way to lose weight including diet pills.

  9. Esther says:

    I’ve been using ACV as a daily toner twice a day after cleansing, for about a week now. One part ACV to three parts distilled water. Skin has smoothen out nicely, feels softer and my pores doesn’t clog as much as it used to. It is supposed to help balance the pH of our skin, kills bacteria and dissolve dead skin cells. I will continue using it to see if there are any long term benefits. But so far so good! Oh yes, it also helped with healing pimples nicely and quickly. If you are worried about smelling like ACV the whole day, you’ll be happy to know that the smells quickly disappears after a short while :D

    • Sesame Chew says:

      That’s good! At least it dissipates totally unlike using on the hair. Hope it’ll yield you long term benefits!

  10. Esther K says:

    Hi Sesame,

    I just want to share my own experience with you and your readers as I’ve had very positive results from consuming ACV.

    After stumbling upon your article in June, I decided to grab a bottle of Braggs from NTUC to try. I mix a chinese soup spoonful of ACV to a glass of water and drink it upon waking up (before even brushing teeth) and again before dinner. The smell and taste is indeed not very pleasant but the aftertaste goes away rather quickly or you can rinse with mouthwash.

    After 2 weeks of religiously drinking it twice a day and with no other dietary or exercise changes, I noticed my jeans getting looser and my thighs smaller! Now after 4 weeks, I’ve lost 2kg and my clothes are definitely looser on me! This is really unbelievable because I’m not really plump to begin with, just wanted to lose the final 2kg of pregnancy weight gain. And I’m already a vege and fruit lover who eats healthily and exercises too so it was difficult for the final 2kg to go away. I’m sure a person with more weight to lose will see better results but please do not overdose on this. 2-3 glasses a day before food is ok but not more than that. I recommend drinking before meals as you may feel hungrier after the drink (but funnily, I feel full rather fast too and ended up eating lesser).

    Other benefits include easier bowel movement, less bloating n gas after meals and somehow, less cravings for snacks at tea or supper time.

    I have yet to try applying ACV topically so no comments on that.

    Hope this helps anyone who is thinking of trying it. =)

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