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Girl's Guide to Using Apple Cider Vinegar for All Your Beauty Needs ...

By Alison

You don't need to spend a fortune on buying beauty products, when the answer to your beauty problems is already in your kitchen! Apple cider vinegar can be used for a number of different applications, and a bottle will only cost a few dollars. So as well as putting it on your salad, try these uses for apple cider vinegar …

1 Hair Rinse

Apple cider vinegar can be used to make a simple hair rinse. Just dilute two tablespoons in a cup of water. Don't worry, you won't smell of vinegar! The smell will soon fade. This is a good way to remove residue from styling products.

2 Sunburn

The best cure for sunburn is not getting it in the first place! But if you forget your cream and get burned, apply a dilute solution of apple cider vinegar (½ cup vinegar to 4 cups water).

3 Bug Bites

Aaagh! Being a bug magnet means spending your summers scratching. Take the sting out with a dab of neat apple cider vinegar. The acid in the vinegar acts to neutralise the sting and stop the itch.

4 Anti-Dandruff

Another hair treatment you can make is to treat dandruff. Before shampooing, massage a mix of equal parts vinegar to water into your scalp. Or mix a teaspoon of vinegar into your normal shampoo.

5 Fragrant Feet

Are your feet smelling less than fragrant? Soak them in a bowl of water with some apple cider vinegar mixed in. This can also help prevent conditions like athlete's foot.

6 Facial Toner

This useful product can also make a toner, whatever your skin type. You'll need one part vinegar to four parts water. You can vary the toner to suit your skin; for dry skin, use camomile tea instead of water, and for oily skin use rooibos tea. For an anti-aging toner use green tea.

7 Bad Breath

Are people fainting when you open your mouth? Mix half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of baking soda (which is a natural cleaning agent). Brush this paste on your teeth. You can also dilute the vinegar and gargle with it.

8 Spot Horror

You always get a breakout at the worst possible moment. Nix that spot with a dab of apple cider vinegar, and it should have magically cleared up by the next day.

9 Soothing Bath

Do you love soaking in a bath tub, but find that bath salts and bubbles irritate your skin? Use apple cider vinegar instead. It may not be as luxurious as bubble bath, but it'll sooth your skin. Simply throw a capful or two into the water.

10 Psoriasis

Psoriasis is very uncomfortable and itchy. Try using vinegar to calm your skin down. Use cotton wool to dab it on the affected area; if your hands or feet are affected, you could soak them in a bowl or use a compress.

11 Drink

While you might not want to drink it straight, apple cider vinegar can also benefit you from the inside. Try drinking it diluted or adding to some juice.

There are so many uses for this simple product that it's worth having some in the cupboard. Experiment to see what it can do - you may find your own beauty uses for it! Do you have any other beauty tips for basic ingredients like this?

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