Now we're not out and about (or even out of the PJ's) now is a great time to think about detoxing our skin and body so we can be pimple-free and glowing once we're let out!
There are a multitude of products from high end to low end budgets available, but here at Aiyana Beauty HQ we love Apple Cider Vinegar!
Did you know good apple cider vinegar has 'the Mother' in it?
'The Mother' contains all the good bacteria for the gut and it is full of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Don't be put off by the murky or cloudy appearance that's all normal!
The benefits of ACV goes back thousands of years, with some even claiming the Father of Medicine himself, Hippocrates promoted it's health benefits!!
What are the benefits of ACV?
It could help improve digestion
Unpasteurised apple cider vinegar contains healthy bacteria – the gut-friendly bacteria to keep your digestive system working properly. Because ACV neutralises stomach acid whilst acetic acid fights harmful bacteria it can give relief for problems such as indigestion and heartburn
It could support your immune system
Prevention is better than cure, so protecting your immune system means you’re more likely to ward off diseases and infections, so step forward the healthy bacteria in raw cider vinegar! Studies have found that healthy bacteria could help you recover sooner if you do get sick.
It could help boost the condition of your hair
The acetic acid in The Mother is thought to help lower our hair’s pH to combat that dry, frizzy feel. Plus, raw cider vinegar is antimicrobial which means it may help control bacteria which leads to scalp itchiness.
It could help improve your skin and nail health
Thanks to its natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, ACV is used as a natural treatment for healthier skin and nails. Applied as a toner, it may help to balance the skin’s pH and has an exfoliating effect that smooths and softens - ALWAYS patch test first. And, used as a foot soak it's great for rough, cracked heels or mild fungal nail infections. Keep reading for a great face mask!!
It helps lower blood sugar levels
Studies by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Ostman, et al, 2005), have shown that the acetic acid found in cider vinegar could be beneficial. In fact, drinking 4 teaspoons of vinegar before a high-carb meal helped to prevent blood sugar spikes. And if you’re counting your calories, research found that acetic acid stops your body from absorbing the calories from carbs (Kondo, et al, 2009)
How to use ACV
1. A daily drink
Stir two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into a large glass of water before bedtime. DILUTE before drinking. Undiluted will be too harsh on your throat and damage your teeth. Not only offers benefits as mentioned above it is also a great addition to the diet if you suffer from gout, as it helps breakdown the acid crystals which form.
2. As a Detox
The basic recipe is as follows:
1 to 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
8 ounces of purified or distilled water
1 to 2 tablespoons sweetener (organic honey, maple syrup, or 4 drops of Stevia)
There are many variations of this basic drink. Some include adding lemon juice. Others add a dash of cayenne pepper.
With an apple cider vinegar detox, you consume this type of drink regularly for a set period of time — several days to a month or more.
Many people choose to consume it three times each day: upon waking, mid morning, and again mid-afternoon.
3. An alternative to salt
Trying to cut down on your salt? Swap for a dash of apple cider vinegar to enhance the flavour of your usual meals.
4. A steam facial treatment
Facial steaming opens your pores and helps to clear impurities. To take the treatment to the next level, simply add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a bowl of hot, boiled water. Cover your head with a towel and sit over the steam for up to 15 minutes. When you’re done splash your face with cool water and gently pat your skin dry - GREAT to do before attempting extractions as it will soften the skin.
5. In a face mask
Using ACV as an active ingredient to a face mask. The perfect clay to use with ACV is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay or 100% Calcium Bentonite Clay. Bentonite clay - a light coloured clay which dries out skin and absorbs toxins which is great for an oily or acne prone skin.
Instructions and Directions:
1-3 tablespoons of Aztec Secret Indian healing clay/Bentonite clay
1-3 tablespoons or apple cider vinegar
Non-metallic bowl and spoon for mixing
Mix the clay and ACV until you reach a chunky to lumpy consistency.
If you have sensitive skin, it may be advised to substitute the ACV for water until skin becomes normalised. Apply the mask avoiding the hairline, eyes and lips. You may also liberally spread the clay mask down your neck line as well. Relax and leave the clay mask on for about 20 minutes. You will feel a tingly, pulsating sensation on your skin; this is the clay paste at work, making your skin contract while it absorbs the trace minerals. At the 15 minute mark, the clay mask will start to dry. to avoid this you could place a hydrating sheet mask over the top of the clay mask. By layering the masks it not only prevents the mask from drying out on the skin but also adds moisture to the skin. Rinse off the mask just before the clay mask starts to flake into a hard shell, don’t wait for it to completely dry. Remove the masks by using warmed wet towels. Pat dry and apply a suitable serum and moisturiser. Skin may appear reddened through the stimulation of the mask - this should subside quickly.
Don't forget let me know of any other questions you may have and I'll try and put a blog post up to answer you
... but for now
Apple Cider Vinegar
Aztec Secret Healing Clay
Östman, E., et al. Vinegar supplementation lowers glucose and insulin responses and increases satiety after a bread meal in healthy subjects.Eur J Clin Nutr59, 983–988 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602197
Kondo, E., et al (2009) Vinegar Intake Reduces Body Weight, Body Fat Mass, and Serum Triglyceride Levels in Obese Japanese Subjects, Bio-science, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 73:8, 1837-1843, DOI: 10.1271/bbb.90231
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