22 beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar (the all-natural miracle product!)

19 reasons why apple cider vinegar is the BEST beauty product

Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in August 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in September 2018. 

Apple Cider Vinegar is the best all-in-one beauty product for anyone on a budget. Loaded with skin and hair-boosting properties, it can help clear irritations, condition hair and even whiten teeth.

Endorsed by supermodels and beauty bloggers around the world, it's a product none of us should be living without!

Today we're sharing the best apple cider beauty benefits to try for an even better you!

What is apple cider vinegar anyway?

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It's time to get yourself a bottle (or two!)

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from - you guessed it - cider or apple must. It contains what is known as 'Mother of Vinegar' a cellulose and acetic acid bacteria that is created during fermentation.

When buying a decent bottle of ACV, look out for raw, organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered vinegar that contains 'The Mother'. A good quality bottle will be misty and smell very strongly, in fact, the smellier the better!

Is apple cider vinegar good for your skin?

Apple cider vinegar contains beneficial enzymes, bacteria, pectin and traces of minerals that are all excellent for your hair and skin. It's also antibacterial, which is handy for treating and preventing a variety of skin conditions.

Ready to improve your appearance with this amazing natural product? Then let's get started.

Apple cider vinegar beauty benefits

Now for the bit you've all been waiting for - here's what apple cider vinegar could do for you.

1. Skin-brightening toner

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It's so easy!

Store bought toners can be extremely expensive, so why not try apple cider vinegar as a natural, cheap, DIY alternative? It's a great option.

Apple cider vinegar contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid which help to stimulate blood flow and minimise the appearance of pores.

To make your own skin-brightening toner, combine one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water. Use a cotton wool ball or pad to apply it over your clean, dry face after cleansing. Don't rinse the solution from your face - the smell will soon leave.

2. Aftershave for sensitive skin

It's all in the name - aftershave is designed to tighten pores after shaving. If your skin is too sensitive for aftershave, grab a capful of vinegar and apply it to you face post-shave.

It'll help calm irritated skin and dry to leave your face silky soft.  Don't worry, the smell soon disappears too.

3. Soothing sunburn aftercare

Spent a little too much time in the sun?

Here's a beauty secret that everyone should know...

...apple cider vinegar does wonders for sunburn!

Soak an old towel or tea towel in a solution of 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and four cups of water before gently applying to the sunburnt areas. Leave it on for as long as you stand (it may sting), and the apple cider vinegar will help balance the skin's pH level and encourage accelerated healing and long-term relief.

4. Shaving bump remedy

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Soothe skin, fast!

Shaving bumps are unsightly and can be itchy and annoying too.

If your skin feels aggravated after shaving, apply a light layer of honey to your skin and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse off and dry your legs thoroughly before applying undiluted apple cider vinegar using a cotton wool ball.

The combination of both the anti-inflammatory ingredients will help soothe irritated skin and soften the area. If you have ingrown hairs, this can also encourage them to grow out.

Honey is a great natural beauty product too. Discover other uses for honey in our other article.

5. Minimise age & beauty spots 

It may sound like an old wives tale, but people across the world have been using onion juice and apple cider vinegar on their age spots.

This beauty hack is so cheap and easy, we'd definitely recommend giving it a go.

Mix equal parts and apply it to your skin using a cotton wool pad. Do this daily for a few weeks and you should start to see a difference in your skin.

6. Combat Athlete's Foot

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Get those toes looking great!

Despite the name, it's not just sporty people that can get athlete's foot. It occurs due to the warm, moist environment in our shoes, and can be pretty unpleasant.

To treat it with apple cider vinegar, soak your feet in a solution of half vinegar and half water. Repeat for a few days in a row in the evening before you go to bed and you should start to notice your feet looking and feeling better - it temporarily changes the pH levels in your skin that fungus will find harder to thrive in.

7. Remove corns & calluses

Corns and calluses are caused by uneven pressure on the feet. There are many ways to remove hard skin and get soft feet, one of which is using apple cider vinegar.

To make corns and calluses easy to remove, soak a small flannel in vinegar and tape it over the callus or corn overnight. In the morning, remove the flannel and the skin should be much easier to treat.

8. Dandruff treatment

Yes, apple cider vinegar can benefit hair too!

Apple cider vinegar has natural anti-fungal properties and can help stop dandruff from forming. Plus, its acidity helps balance pH levels and restore the scalp's protective acid mantle layer (the protective layer of the skin) to thwart fungal growth.

The best way to use apple cider vinegar for dandruff is with a hair rinse. Take a large glass and fill it up with half water and half vinegar (you may need a second glass if you have long or really thick hair), then slowly pour it a bit at a time over the head and massage into your scalp. Follow up with your normal hair care routine and repeat weekly as a preventative measure or every other day to tackle a bad case of dandruff.

9. Freshen bad breath with mouthwash

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It really works!

If you've been feasting on garlic and other stinky foods, it can be a nightmare trying to get rid of the bad taste (and smell) in your mouth. It may not leave you minty fresh, but a good swirl of apple cider vinegar can instantly destroy any odour-causing bacteria and neutralise any lingering smells.

10. Whiten teeth

Apple cider vinegar isn't only good for breath, but can also help whiten your teeth.

Gargle your mouth with it in the morning before brushing and it should help lift off any surface stains. For a less severe treatment, mix 1 tsp apple cider vinegar with a cup of water.

If you're interested in natural teeth whitening products, our 23 surprising ways to whiten your teeth & KEEP them white is for you!

11. Deodorise your feet

Phewee - who took their shoes off? 

After a long day in the heat, feet can be a hotbed for sweat and bacteria. Sometimes a shower just isn't enough when it comes to particularly bad smelling feet - as soon as you put your shoes on they start stinking again!

With its strong anti-fungal and deodorising properties, apple cider vinegar is an essential addition to an evening foot soak.

Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 4 pints of water in a basin, before soaking your feet in it for 15-20 minutes. Your feet should feel nice and fresh after a rinse with cold water.

While you're pampering your feet, why not read my 4 step guide to doing a pedicure at home?

12. Apple cider vinegar face cleanser

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Get a flawless, glowing complexion

Shop bought cleansers are not only costly, but sometimes they can do more harm than good for skin!

If you're struggling with inflamed or irritated skin, natural is best. Most cleansers are alkaline compared to normal skin pH levels, whereas apple cider vinegar can help readdress the balance.

Pour a capful onto cupped palms and use it to gently cleanse your face.

13. Bruise healer

Ouch! Has the little one had a nasty fall?

Apple cider vinegar contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help calm damaged skin, plus the acetic acid found in it can help increase circulation to promote healing.

Saturate a cotton wool pad in pure apple cider vinegar and apply it to the bruised skin. Using a piece of old fabric or a bandage, secure it to you skin for at least an hour and you should start to notice a difference.

Use this tip if you need your bruise to heal before a big event - wedding planners are even known to use this beauty hack when brides and grooms have hurt themselves before the big day!

14. Moisturising face treatment

Suffering with dry skin? Apple cider vinegar could help!

Fill your basin up with lukewarm water, add 3 tablespoons of vinegar and mix. Use the water to wash your face and let is air dry. This will help seal in any moisture in the skin to keep it hydrated, especially useful during Winter.

15. Get shiny, healthy hair

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It'll make it glossier than ever!

Do you ever find that your shampoo stops working as well after a few months and you turn to different haircare products or a haircut to solve it? You might be suffering from product build-up which can clog your hair follicles and effect the general health and appearance of your hair.

Apple cider vinegar is widely known to help remove product build up and is used as a hair rinse around the world.

Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a large cup of water, and use it to rinse your hair after shampooing. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and apply a light conditioner to the ends. Supermodel Miranda Kerr swears by apple cider vinegar to keep her hair shiny and soft.

To find out more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and other natural beauty products, check out my article on the A-list beauty products you already have in your kitchen.

16. Insect bite relief

There's no need to buy insect bite cream ever again - apple cider vinegar is all you need.

The acidity in vinegar (you can use both apple cider or white) helps to neutralise and soothe the itch, while its anti-inflammatories reduce swelling. Additionally, apple cider vinegar's pH-balancing properties speed the healing process! Plenty of reasons to use it as a natural pain reliever when you've been bitten by a bug.

Simply soak a cotton wool ball in vinegar and apply it to the area for instant relief.

17. Soothing bath soak

If you've been out in the sun all day or have had a mild allergic reaction, run yourself a soothing bath.

Add a large cup of vinegar into your bath (don't add any further bath products or hair care) and immerse yourself in it for 20 minutes. Again, the pH level of apple cider vinegar is very similar to that of the protective layer of our skin, and this soak will help restore an upset balance.

18. Make nail polish last longer

apple cider vinegar for nails
Have you tried this?

Many natural beauty lovers swear by applying apple cider vinegar to nails and allowing it to dry before applying nail polish.

Word on the street is it makes nail polish stay chip-free for longer. This is definitely worth a try!

19. Natural cold sore remedy

Cold sores can be embarrassing and are also easy to spread, so it's important to act fast when one appears!

If you're suffering from a stubborn cold sore, dab it a few times with apple cider vinegar several times a day. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce the amount of swelling, and the anti-bacterial properties will keep the area clean and free from infection.

 20. Treat acne

If you've got acne-prone skin and have tried everything under the sun to try and reduce your breakouts, you must try apple cider vinegar before you lose all hope.

With its natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it can help fight the bad bacteria that sits under the surface of the skin, and when used as a daily toner or astringent it can help balance the pH levels of the skin, all of which will prevent spots.

Check out Lulu & Sweetpea for details on how to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar acne treatment, and reasons why it's the best skin care product for spotty skin.

21. Diminish cellulite

Apple cider vinegar contains certain minerals that promote circulation, including magnesium, calcium and potassium. 

Using it on areas covered in cellulite will improve circulation, oxygen supply and therefore collagen production, helping to diminish the appearance of cellulite over time.

Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water and apply to affected areas. Leave for 30 minutes to work its magic before rinsing with water. Repeat daily to see an improvement in your skin's appearance.

22. Natural homemade deodorant

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It's super effective, and cheap too!

Have you ever bothered to check out the ingredients on your deodorant? Most of them contain parabens and other chemicals which could be harmful.

Did you know that you can use raw, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar to keep your armpits smelling fresh? Head over to Primally Inspired for the easy tutorial.

Wow, who knew apple cider vinegar was so versatile? Which beauty hack are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments below!

Author

Anushka F

Editor

A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

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  1. Author Rachael on September 13, 2016 at 10:14 am

    10ml diluted or not, 20mins before a meal helps to promote weight loss.

    Reply
  2. Author dawn on September 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I would not recommend cider or anything else acidic to try to whiten teeth. Acidic products cause tooth erosion and therefore damage.

    1. Author Anushka F on September 29, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Hi Dawn, thanks for the warning. I agree, for prolonged use it can be quite harmful but every now and then should be fine.

    Reply
  3. Author Mrs Gail J Gray on September 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Thank u for the marvellous article on tips on Cider Vinegar they are most helpful.

    1. Author Anushka F on September 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

      You're welcome! Glad you liked them.

    Reply
  4. Author Carrieann Wilsher on September 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Where can I get apple cider vinegar from as I suffer from athletes foot and I am a smoker and a big coffee drinker does it really work as a teeth whitner

    1. Author Anushka F on September 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Hi Carrieann you can buy apple cider vinegar from most health stores! Or failing that you can find it online at Amazon for a reasonable price. It can help remove surface stains from your teeth, but maybe not staining that has been there for a while. Give it a go!

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  5. Author Debbie on September 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Now all of this sounds very fine, to help that hair and skin of mine, but isn't it quite often said, true beauty starts inside, instead? The trouble is, I'm not too keen on vinegar, so I have been thinking about this little matter, my illusions please don't shatter, would the effects still ensue if I drank a cider or two???? PS, please say if you're sick of my poems!!

    1. Author Stephanie C on September 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Debbie! We all love your poems - please keep sending them our way! I'm a new blogger here at Expert Home Tips, and would love to have you write a poem for one of my articles. I'm starting to feel left out, haha!??

    Reply
  6. Author urwa on June 10, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Apple is a very beneficial thing.It keeps different vitamins, which are very important for good health. We get maximum benefits and useful tips from it after reading this. Thanks for share these tips.

    1. Author Stephanie C on June 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Hi Urwa. Thanks for your kind comments. Apple cider vinegar is certainly a 'miracle' product in our eyes! I'm glad you enjoyed the article! :)

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  7. Author Chris on February 28, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    You should be able to get cider vinegar in most supermarkets. I've bought it before in Morrisons. If I recall correctly my mum used to drink cider vinegar and honey with hot water to help with arthritis. Not sure if it worked but she quite liked the taste! Could possibly add a different taste to fish and chips too - just a thought

    1. Author Stephanie C on March 5, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Hi Chris, Thanks a lot for commenting. You're right - you can pick up apple cider vinegar fairly cheaply and from most supermarkets. If not, it will definitely be available at your local Health Store. Not sure about adding it to fish and chips - we use it in our salad dressings, though, so don't see why not! Thanks, Steph

    2. Author Jacky Montgomery on September 17, 2018 at 8:56 am

      The braggs has "the Mother" in it though and I think you get more benefits from it.

    3. Author Joanne A on September 17, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Hey Jacky! "The Mother" is supposedly better for you, but there's no solid evidence for it yet.

    Reply
  8. Author judith on September 15, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I'm surprised you didn't mention how apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss. Mix equal parts of warm water and said vinegar, a teaspoon of honey in a glass and drink every morning. I can't claim to kow how and why it works, but it does. Apple cider vinegar is also useful as a fruit fly trap: take a small jar, half fill with the vinegar, cover with cling film. Pierce the top three or four times with a toothpick or similar, and leave near your furitbowl. Hey Presto - the flies go in, can't get out. Job done!

    1. Author Joanne A on September 17, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Hi there Judith! We're actually working on another article at the moment that's all about health benefits of ACV (this one is beauty benefits). Hopefully, you'll find some more useful tips when it goes live! Thanks for sharing your idea about using it as a fruit fly trap. I'd not heard of that before.

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