If you haven’t noticed already, I am obsessed with clean beauty; as the thought of putting chemicals and synthetics on and into my body send shivers down my spine. I’ve shown you how to make your own face wash and body moisturizer, and today’s guest author Sarah will speak to the benefits of apple cider vinegar and it’s many uses in our beauty routine.
A word on Sarah. Sarah is the real deal; she is incredibly passionate about holistic living and she shares her passion with the world; I’m honoured to have her share her wisdom on the Vitality Guide for Women.
And with that I say, take it away Sarah!
Did you know that the average woman puts around 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body every single day? How is this possible, you may ask? Simply by grooming herself before she exits the house. Conventional beauty and body care products are loaded with hidden chemicals that are very toxic to one’s health. Many of these synthetic chemicals have been linked to skin sensitivities, internal and external inflammation, allergies, hormonal disturbances, fertility issues and cancer.
These statistics and findings can be horrifying. But, fortunately, there exists a lot of clean and natural beauty and body care lines out there. However, they are not the cheapest and the bill can add up really quickly considering just how many things a woman uses everyday to groom herself…
Being a student at the time of my discovery, I had to look for cheaper, yet still healthy alternatives. That’s when I started experimenting with DIY’s (Do It Yourself) and what I call “kitchen” cosmetics. I was so astounded to find just how many things I could easily make myself at home. One of the first things I experimented with was making my own makeup remover; simply by mixing some extra virgin olive oil with the same amount of witch hazel water. It was so easy, cheap, lasted a long time and was extremely nourishing and moisturizing to my skin. I was hooked! I quickly became obsessed experimenting with all kind of mixtures and concoctions in order to make my own facial, body and hair care products!
Given that the skin is one of the largest organs in your body, you want to make sure that whatever you apply on it is so safe for you that you could literally eat it too. Indeed, whatever you put on your skin WILL penetrate it and reach every single cell of your body. That is exactly why I love the concept of using kitchen ingredients to make some, if not all, of your beauty and body care products. The other benefit of doing that is that you know exactly what is inside your beauty products, but you can also enjoy the additional health benefits of such ingredients.
Take Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for example. Most people already have apple cider vinegar in their kitchen’s cabinets and use it for their salad dressings. But did you know that you could also use it to make several beauty and body care products? I love to use it as a toner, but also as a shampoo, but before we delve into it, let’s consider for a second why this relatively inexpensive kitchen ingredient can be so beneficial to your health.
Apple cider vinegar is definitely one of my all-time favorite beautifying foods, here is why:
- It is extremely alkalizing to the body due to its high mineral content. Anything that promotes alkalinity inside of your body, also promotes its health and vitality as your body’s ideal pH ranges between 7.3 and 7.4 (thus slightly alkaline).
- It helps balance your skin’s natural pH when applied to the skin. This is why it makes such a wonderful facial toner and helps keep your skin’s complexion glowing and clear.
- It can help reduce dandruff when used as a shampoo (diluted with some water).
- It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal because it is rich in malic acid. This is why it makes for such a wonderful clarifying shampoo, removing build-up on your scalp, preventing dandruffs and bacteria.
- Because of its high malic acid content, it can also help get rid of body odour. Simply soak a cotton pad with apple cider vinegar and apply it to your armpits, for example.
- It assists your stomach in the production of gastric acid, which further helps promote a healthy digestion and therefore a more efficient absorption of your nutrients.
- It helps your liver in detoxification pathways, which promotes further elimination of internal toxins.
These are just SOME of the health benefits of this wonderful kitchen ingredient.
One word of caution when choosing your apple cider vinegar: make sure you buy one that is organic, unrefined, and raw. It will usually still contain the “mother” (bacterial culture) from the natural fermentation process it undergoes. Braggs or Eden Organic are two of my favorite brands for these reasons.
Now, let’s talk about how to make your very own facial toner “mist” or spray.
Simply dilute 1 to 2 capfuls of apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of filtered water (feel free to use a half and half ratio but I find it a little too powerful for my skin). Place the mixture in a spray bottle and that’s it.
I love spraying it or applying it on my face at night before I apply my organic coconut oil, as my moisturizer. In the morning, my skin feels moisturized and as soft as baby’s skin.
Remember there are so many beauty and body care products you can make yourself at home. Feel free to experiment with essentials oils as well to add a scent to your beauty products and have fun with it!
“Sarah Somian is a Holistic Nutritionist (CNP) and Wellness Coach, who attended the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, in Toronto, Ontario. Sarah’s mantra is the Latin saying– “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano” : A Sound Mind in a Healthy Body.
She firmly believes that holistic and vibrant health can be achieved once body, mind and spirit are equally tended for.
It is this conviction that drives Sarah’s dedication to help you adopt healthier thought patterns and nutritional habits.
Sarah’s passion for health and nutritious foods started at a young age in Belgium, her country of origin. There, she enjoyed the most delectable meals of the different cultures from which she originated—namely Italian, Ivorian and Belgian.
It was only years later however, while studying Health and Psychology at McGill that she slowly started to see the link between healthy nutritious foods, a healthy mind and vibrant health. After experiencing first-hand the powerful benefits of eating clean and maintaining a healthy relationship with oneself, Sarah was convinced she had found the perfect way to sustain and manage her own health but also that of her loved ones and family members.
Holistic nutrition emerged as her life’s passion and she decided to pursue it as a career.