Apple cider vinegar has to be one of the most celebrated beauty ingredients of the last few years. Across social media, everyone from celebrities to top beauty experts has each come to the fore to wax lyrical about why they always keep their kitchen cupboards stocked with the stuff.
But to be honest, we don't blame them: This fermented vinegar is known to sort all manner of ailments and issues, from acne to dandruff, sunburn to stained nails. Buy yourself a bottle here, and then we've got everything you need to know to get the most out of with this DIY beauty favourite.
As a toner
Due to its antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar makes a handy toner, warding away any breakouts or blemishes on the horizon. To make your own, simply mix together apple cider vinegar with distilled water for some immediate acne relief.
To get rid of dandruff
Got pesky dandruff that doesn't seem to let up? Apple cider vinegar can end your hair woes, as its natural acidity clarifies and prohibits yeast-causing dandruff to form. For your own DIY treatment, try mixing together some cider vinegar with water inside a spray bottle. Spray the mixture evenly onto the hair and scalp, then rinse out thoroughly.
To brighten your hair colour
Want to bring out your natural highlights this summer? Try this DIY hair trick by rinsing your hair with a clarifying apple cider vinegar rinse. This helps enhance and brighten natural tones found throughout your hair, whether you are a blonde or brunette.
For sunburn relief
It may be the last thing you would ever think to put on sunburn, but thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, apple cider vinegar can help guarantee a speedy recovery. For fast relief, simply mix together water and cider vinegar and then apply to burned areas. Save this one for summer.
For weight loss
If you are tired of using those weight loss pills that simply don't work, you can always incorporate natural apple cider vinegar into your everyday diet. Aiding natural digestion, consuming apple cider helps break down fats instead of storing them. To get your daily dose, add apple cider vinegar to some hot water and drink it every morning before breakfast.
To treat bad breath
For fresher breath, apple cider vinegar can squash any odour-causing bacteria lingering on your tongue. To make your own mouthwash, simply swirl some diluted apple cider vinegar inside your mouth for 20 to 30 seconds.
To fix stained nails
As a spot treatment
Pimple emergencies may be hard to handle, but trust apple cider vinegar to step in and take action. Employ its natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties by dabbing some apple cider vinegar onto large acne flare-ups before bed, and watch them shrink in size the next morning.
For a soothing bath
We take bathing very seriously here at Byrdie HQ, and if you're on the hunt to make yourself the perfect at-home tub, drop some apple cider vinegar into your bathwater for soothed, less-irritable skin.
For annoying bug bites
When the summer months finally come back again, it's important to pack your holiday wash kit with bug bite remedies. It won't put bugs off, but apple cider vinegar will soothe irritated skin, so apply some directly onto the bite to help alleviate the pain.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.