Hey there, how’s it glowin’? So far on the blog, we've shared a plethora of foods that help achieve bright and beautiful complexions and while we believe those fruits and veggies are important skincare superfoods, we decided that apples needed their own stage to shine.
So today, we’re shifting the spotlight on this nutritious and nourishing fruit in its most popular skincare form: apple cider vinegar. If you’re apple-solutely interested in knowing what ACV is, how it can benefit your skin, and the potential side effects of incorporating this natural skincare remedy into your beauty routine, keep scrolling!
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)?
When apples are exposed to yeast, their sugars become fermented and turn into alcohol. More healthy bacteria are then added to further ferment the alcohol, turning it into acetic acid, the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar. ACV contains malic acid as well, a natural substance found in apples which works as a gentle chemical exfoliant when applied topically to skin. This fermented liquid can also help prevent acne, balance pH levels, minimize wrinkles, and improve hyperpigmentation.
And when ingested, apple cider vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels, support your immune system, and potentially aid in weight loss. But for the purpose of this post, we’re focusing specifically on ACV’s beauty benefits, folks!
Skin Benefits of ACV
Apple cider vinegar will have you saying…
... to dead skin cells.
We mentioned that ACV contains malic acid, which helps to exfoliate skin, but we didn’t mention how this organic compound is able to do so. Malic acid is a member of the alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) family, a skin-friendly group of acids that primarily work to exfoliate skin. When dead skin cells build up, a dull and dehydrated complexion is often the result, so AHAs work to gently shed off those surface layers and make way for new cell formation.
AHAs can also promote collagen production, improve the appearance of wrinkles, and prevent acne.
One spot here. One spot there…
If you have an oily complexion and are prone to acne, apple cider vinegar may just become your new skincare savior. The antimicrobial and antifungal properties of ACV’s acetic acid help cleanse skin and fight bacteria, oil, and other debris and can prevent new acne formation. Take that pesky pimples!
It’s also important to note that ACV is most suitable for oily, acne-prone skin, as those with dry or sensitive complexions are more likely to experience irritation. And remember, if you’re worried about how a new product may react with your skin, always conduct a quick test-patch!
Balances Skin pH
Ah, it’s all about balance…
A healthy balance is present when skin is slightly acidic. Disturb that balance and all hell breaks loose…
When your skin’s pH balance is highly acidic, the chances of inflammatory conditions from forming such as acne are a lot higher. And if your skin’s pH levels are more basic, you’re most likely staring back at a red and/or flaky complexion in the mirror. But have no fear, ACV is here! When applied topically on a regular basis, the properties of this fermented liquid can help restore and maintain your skin’s natural pH balance.
Minimizes Wrinkles + Improves Hyperpigmentation
Years down the line, you’re not going to want to be staring back at the mirror, singing like Meryl…
AHAs are one of the most widely used anti-aging agents in skincare and because ACV contains malic acid as well as citric acid, both of which are AHAs, this fermented liquid can reduce fine lines and wrinkles when applied topically. And the beauty benefits don’t end there! ACV can also improve the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Melanin is what gives skin its color and malic acid has been proven to decrease the production of this natural pigment, making ACV a spot diminishing superhero.
Side Effects of Topical ACV
If used incorrectly, ACV can have unfriendly and unwanted side effects when applied topically to skin. Irritation and even burns can result when using an excessive amount of this liquid. To limit the potential of an adverse reaction from occurring, dilute the vinegar with water and limit the amount of time it spends on your skin. Simply put, don’t go dousing an entire bottle of ACV on your face thinking it’ll yield quicker results…
A natural remedy like apple cider vinegar is a great alternative for targeting common skincare concerns and conditions such as premature aging and problematic acne. However, it’s important to note that not every product or remedy is suitable for all skin types and skin needs, so always do some research before making any adjustments or incorporating something new. But if you’re ready to start integrating this fermented liquid into your skincare routine, we recommend Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, one of the most highly-rated ACVs on the market. And if you’re wondering what the easiest way is to get your daily dose of ACV, check out the recipe for a DIY toner here. And there we have it! We hope you enjoyed reading all the in-cider info on ACV and that you found it all a-peel-ing. Until next time, pals!