VIN FOR THE WIN

Many years ago, after searching online for natural remedies to offset the effects of acne and allergy scars, I stumbled upon a blog that praised the smelliest of all kinds of vinegar.

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For quite some time, this knowledge lingered until one day a decision to commit to its use came. Apart from the desire for clearer and cleaner skin, lack of passion for the use of beauty products filled with all sorts of chemical-based ingredients influenced this will to find something more natural and multi-purposed. Apple cider has many applications. From an ingredient in cooking to cleaning and even resetting a dog's upset stomach. The fact that one bottle contributes to so many things made it even more compelling.

Now let's talk about its application.

In the beginning, applying using a spray bottle seemed like the simplest, less messy, and more direct option. Two to three spritzes over the face with closed eyes, of course. However, the vinegar burned them for a short stint after opening. Fanning with hands rendered a solution for this problem. Nevertheless, this method still seemed inefficient. So, a switch to cotton balls followed but considering the environment a bit; this choice seemed a bit wasteful. Therefore, with the help of Etsy, reusable cloth cotton face pads arrived in the mail and are now the perfect method for application.

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Usually, a teaspoon of vinegar doused onto the center of the cotton pad is sufficient and provides the perfect layer of coverage. Compared to the methods mentioned above, it also dries very quickly and because of the size of the pad, makes it easy to avoid the eyes. Hence, eliminating the burning that occurred with the spritzing.

Application is usually twice a day.

So does it work?

Initially, the angst of seeing overnight changes in skin appearance became ritualistic. However, things take time, so patience needed exercising. Also, stripping down and rejuvenating morning and evening skincare regimens glided in and provided a blank canvas for the apple cider.

As time went by, subtle changes presented themselves — the most noticeable being a more dewy and natural glow. Also, the cider is fantastic with pimple reduction and healing. Common effects stated on other blogs include reduced open pores and white head appearance. Personally, after many years of using it, this falls far from the truth. The open pores and whiteheads remain; however, their noticeability is less visible or perhaps unimportant.

Bear in mind, in the beginning, peeling or dry skin issues may occur, since the vinegar in itself is pretty strong. So refrain from fretting over that little side effect as once the skin becomes accustomed it's usually short-lived. Also, consider using water to dilute the vinegar, applying less frequently, and using a moisturizer to counteract the dryness and peeling.

Fast forward to today, my skin never looked this good! Moreover, this is an unfiltered, un-photoshopped, unedited image of a washed face after apple cider application.

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Great, but how to combat the smell?

The smell, of course, is off-putting and honestly, for the first few days of usage, self-consciousness peaked. The thought of smelling like a walking salad dressing was hilarious but pretty accurate. So, seeking out an appropriate but natural moisturizer with an aroma powerful enough to mask the strength of the cider plopped onto the to-do list. Many options existed. Few became personal preference, and the revelation of this information will follow in another blog post.

For now, if searching for a more natural astringent or toner, consider apple cider vinegar, however, do some research first. Many people suffer from severe allergic reactions to vinegar. Always test a new skin product on a small patch of skin before using. Pay attention to any adverse reactions and cease use if that situation arises. On the contrary, if the smell is bearable and no allergies or other skin issues arise, then have a go at it! Pretty sure it will surprise you, but remember, to give it some time to work and do not apply over, under, or in the eyes!