Oh skin, the bane of my life. I’ve experimented with a gazillion skin products in my lifetime, probably wasted ridiculous amounts of money. Early this year I had a horrible outbreak from using Body Shop products on my super sensitive face and I was desperate to find something to sort my skin out with! FINALLY I am at a place where I’m happy with my skin, it is clear, soft, and my old scars are fading. Plus it’s costing me less than £1 a month… the answer, my friend = Apple Cider Vinegar. Initially I bought this to use on my hair as a cleanser but I really didn’t like it (will detail this in a natural hair post one day) and then I discovered that it might work pretty well on my face. And yes, it did. Having done a bit of research; if you’re interested in the why behind the what, it’s mainly due to the fact that ACV (apple cider vinegar) is full of acids and enzymes which work wonders on acne, scarring and even eczema. It does so whilst still maintaining the skin’s natural pH, acts as an antiseptic & exfoliates the skin without any added chemical junk!
To the right is a sad picture of my outbreak which was in January 2015. Using ACV literally transformed my skin in about 4 weeks! (See picture above, I promise I’m not even wearing foundation in that pic!)
Here’s a step-by-step as to how I use ACV on a daily basis:
1. In a tiny spray bottle (bought from Boots for about £1 although pound shops will sell them way cheaper) mix 50% ACV with 50% water. You don’t want to use too much ACV as it can be really harsh on your skin
2. Spray a couple of times onto a little cotton wool ball and gently wipe the dilute all over your face – the dirt that usually comes off is quite horrific!)
3. Do this until your skin feels completely covered, the ACV tends to dry quite quickly so it can be tricky to remember which bits are done!
4. I’ve read some blogs tell you to rinse the ACV off your face after 20 mins, but tbh I never do. I simply leave it on until dry then top it up with a face cream of my choice; usually cocoa butter.
I do hope this is of some use to you, if anyone does happen to give it a go and sees results, please let me know.
I must add- I am not a beautician or qualified at all in this area. What I have shared with you is simply my experience and I cannot be held responsible for any skin disasters! Remember everyone’s skin is different, and you have to find what works for you!
Until next time x