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You won’t find apple cider vinegar in the beauty aisle, but this health staple has plenty of uses for both skin and hair. Here are some of the 5 most common ways to use apple cider vinegar (ACV) in your beauty regimen.

Cleanse your scalp

ACV cleanses the pores and removes build-up from your scalp. It’s great to use as a regular, gentle treatment to give your hair a break from being weighed down by products. To use ACV as a cleanser, mix 1/4 cup of ACV with two cups of water. Massage it into your scalp and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing.

Use as a facial toner

Diluted apple cider vinegar makes for the perfect facial toner. As an astringent rich in alpha hydroxy acids, it minimizes pores and prevents acne breakouts. Mix the vinegar with water in an equal ratio, and use the solution after cleansing your face.

Condition your hair

It’s unusual that one ingredient can both cleanse and moisturize, but ACV actually does both. It closes hair cuticles, restores your hair’s natural pH level and softens hair. Some hair types can even skip regular conditioner after doing an apple cider vinegar rinse. The vinegar also reduces frizz and defines your hair. For best results, boil a cup of water with 2-4 tablespoons of vinegar to make a rinse.

Alleviate dandruff

Chronic dandruff is both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Apple cider vinegar is a natural alternative to harsh shampoos. In addition to cleansing some of the build-up from your hair, it prevents future outbreaks by acting as an anti-fungal agent. Even better, it doesn’t strip the hair the way that regular shampoo does, so you can safely use it a few times per week. Make sure to leave it on your scalp for several minutes to see effects.

Whiten your teeth and nails

Teeth stains are caused by coffee, tea, and wine, while nails often become yellow because of exposure to the sun or excessive nail polish use. Apple cider vinegar can remedy both of these issues due to its high acid content. It’s also antibacterial.

To whiten your teeth gradually, use a mixture of one part ACV with three parts water. To whiten your nails, soak them for a half-hour in a solution of 1/2 cup ACV with 1/2 cup water.

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