The beauty world has long been abuzz with the knowledge that coconut oil is good for, well, pretty much everything. But there's another kitchen product that yields unexpected skin and hair benefits: apple cider vinegar.
Full of alpha-hydroxy acids, apple cider vinegar helps to remove dead skin cells for a glowing complexion. "It also helps to balance pH and keeps your skin from becoming too oily or dry by balancing sebum production," says New York City-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. When applied to hair, apple cider vinegar seals cuticles and removes buildup for strong, shiny hair. In other words, this one product can give you the best hair and skin ever.
Here's how to turn this basic kitchen ingredient into your beauty cure-all.
The Holy Grail Product
You can turn to the classic if you're on a budget or just want to make the most of a kitchen staple you already own. Use it as a skin toner after washing your face or as a hair rinse for shiny tresses after shampooing and conditioning.
But if you don't enjoy apple cider vinegar's strong scent, consider trying the products below to reap the benefits of this multifunctional ingredient.
In hair care, apple cider vinegar is used primarily to remove buildup, resulting in stronger, cleaner strands. Use these products to strengthen hair and increase shine and softness.
Want shiny hair? You need a vinegar rinse! This one by dpHUE locks in color and strengthens strands with protein.
Use this clarifying shampoo about once a week to gently get rid of buildup that weighs down and dulls hair.
Simply spray this conditioner on hair from roots to ends, massage in, and rinse out for soft, shiny strands.
This brightening lotion helps to detangle hair and protects hair color. Use it once a week for best results.
For strong, healthy hair, look towards this product for natural detangling, conditioning, and pH-balancing. Your hair will feel moisturized and smoother than ever.
In addition to helping to balance skin's pH, apple cider vinegar increases cell turnover for a glowing complexion. These masks, treatments, and toners make the most of its power.
This foaming clay mask gently exfoliates, tones, and cleans skin while absorbing oil. Consider it a skin-care superhero.
Apply this mask before you get in the shower, and rinse it off just before you get out for glowing, clean skin.
It's a bit of an investment, but this treatment gives skin a major boost by spurring the growth of new skin cells.
This mix of apple cider vinegar, grapefruit seed extract, and essential oils restores skin to its natural pH to fight against acne and oiliness.
Washing your face isn't enough. Because soap can leave product residue, a toner—like this pH-balancing, vinegar-based option—is necessary for a fresh face.
This natural toner, combining witch hazel and apple cider vinegar, has antibacterial qualities, which makes it a good defense against acne.
Bonus: Apple Cider Add-Ins
Instead of mixing these masks with water, opt for apple cider vinegar to add extra some skin care benefits.
Formulated with vitamin C, this clay mask has an anti-inflammatory effect, perfect for combating the stress of sun damage on your skin in the summer.
This affordable bentonite clay mask draws out impurities in a way that's gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Oily skin has met its match in Fig + Yarrow's detoxifying and decongesting mask, which contains both activated charcoal powder and bentonite clay.