While the bathroom cabinet is home to most of our favorite skin-care products, there’s another household space that’s also proven to be valuable to our beauty routines: the kitchen. Ubiquitous ingredients like honey, milk, and sugar have been used as DIY beauty solutions for thousands of years, and continue to inspire new trends and innovations, too.
Apple cider vinegar is one such pantry staple. Made from fermented apple juice, the acidic liquid can be traced back to Babylonia and ancient Egypt, where it was said to have been used by Cleopatra as a facial cleanser. If legend is to be believed, Hippocrates prescribed apple cider vinegar to treat infections; Civil War soldiers supposedly used it in wounds to encourage healing.
Today, we can find apple cider vinegar — or ACV, as it’s called for short — in not just salad dressings and “health tonics,” but also DIY recipes embracing the ingredient the way Cleopatra did: as a skin-care treatment for a clear, balanced, acne-free complexion. “Apple cider vinegar has been used by many to treat a number of conditions,” says board-certified dermatologist Lian Mack, MD. Anecdotally, “numerous websites and blogs attest to the efficacy of it in improving …read more