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Beautiful Skin Tip: Apple Cider Vinegar

Beautiful Skin Tip: Apple Cider Vinegar

For gorgeous skin, head to the kitchen and grab some vinegar!

The use of vinegar with a variety of plants or essential oils for cosmetic purposes can be traced back to the Romans and was fashionable during the 19th century as vinegar de toilette.

Vinegar has a tonic action that promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries that irrigate the skin. It is also antiseptic, preventing the proliferation of bacteria, viruses, or yeast that trigger infection. It can dissolve excessive fatty deposits at the surface of the skin and reduce scaly or peeling conditions. Lastly, vinegar regulates the pH of the skin. Vinegar is most effective when used with lavender, rosemary, rose, or elder flower. It is essential to use top-quality white wine or cider vinegar. Dry any fresh plant material for two days before using.

Measure and mix only dried plant material and then add the vinegar. Apple ciders composed entirely of liquids can be used at once. Those containing plant material must be left to macerate. Prepare the latter in a screw-top jar and leave on a window sill as instructed, strain, and then bottle. To use, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider to a cup of bottled or spring water to wash your face or pour 3-4 tablespoons into a bath.

Lavender, Rosemary and Rosewood
Vinegar: 17 1/2 fl. oz. good-quality white wine or apple cider vinegar
Essential Oils: 3/5 teaspoon each lavender and rosemary, 2/5 teaspoon rosewood
Plus: 2 tablespoons glycerin

Calendula and Elder Flower
Plant material: 2 oz. calendula flowers and 3 oz. elder flowers
Vinegar: 2 pints good-quality white wine or apple cider vinegar
Macerate: 2 weeks

Lavender, Rose, Pink, and Lime
Plant material: 1 oz. each lavender and lime (or linden) flowers, rose petals, pinks
Vinegar: 2 pints good-quality white wine or apple cider vinegar
Macerate: 2 weeks

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Read more: Beauty, Skin Care

Excerpted from Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Perfect Skin, by Pierre Jean Cousin. Copyright (c)2001. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Excerpted from Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Perfect Skin, by Pierre Jean Cousin.

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11:03AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Thank you!

8:34AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

3:25AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

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8:25PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thanks

6:19AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Thank you :)

10:00PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

i make a mixture of instant oatmeal, strawberries and a bit of yogurt or lemon juice [i don't use egg whites for the liquid, like my mom does]. i apply it to my face and back of my hands like a mask. When it's dry, i just rinse in warm water ~ it really tightens up my pores and my face feels so silky smooth.

6:55AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

And I have been using my vinegar for my salad instead of my face. Oh my!

4:38AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Thanks!

4:08PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

ok

8:33AM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Really cool.

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