Apple Cider Vinegar- The Mother of Internal and External Health

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Apple Cider Vinegar- You’ve most likely seen it lingering in the dark, dusty corners of your grandmother’s pantry and paid no mind to it. Not gonna lie, it looks pretty unappealing with its orangey-brown hue and its stringy pulp (also known as “The Mother”). The smell, like most other vinegars, is extraordinarily pungent. Its no wonder why this stuff isn’t widely touted as a beauty product or yummy, fancy pantry item.

But it should be. 

Let me tell you a bit about apple cider vinegar. This bottle of goodness can be used as a simple, cost-effective, and cruelty-free remedy for essentially anything. Most of apple cider vinegar’s health benefits come from “The Mother”- the scary looking pulp that sits at the bottom of a bottle of raw, unfiltered ACV. This pulp contains live, beneficial bacteria and countless nutrients. These nutrients and bacteria are created primarily through the double fermentation of apple cider, wherein enzymes are produced and countless health benefits come to life.

Here are some notable nutrients that raw, unfiltered ACV contains:

Potassium – Potassium is responsible for maintaining regular heartbeat, lowering blood pressure, and keeping a normal fluid balance between the body’s cells.

Pectin – Pectin can help to reduce LDL cholesterol in the body.

Malic Acid and Acetic Acid – Malic acid can help the body fight off certain infections and viruses while acetic acid aids in the body’s absorption of certain minerals.

Calcium –
Calcium, as we’re all aware, helps to maintain strong teeth and bones.

Ash – Ash helps the body maintain healthy alkalinity and normal pH levels. 

Vitamin A – Vitamin A is responsible for the health and growth of many different organ systems in the body. It’s important for vision, reproduction, the heart, the liver, and the kidneys. 

Vitamins B1 + B2 + B6 – These B vitamins help the body stay energized through the absorption of different vitamins and minerals of foods we eat. Additionally, the B vitamins can promote healthy skin and hair.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C is vital in maintaining a strong immune system and strong eyesight. 

Vitamin E – Vitamin E functions mainly as an antioxidant in the body, protecting cells in the body from damage.

If the above benefits aren’t enough to convince you to add apple cider vinegar into your daily daily diet, allow me to introduce you to the beauty benefits of the stuff! Apple cider vinegar quite recently became a critical element of my beauty regime after I discovered how much it helped my skin in staying blemish-free, balanced, and supple. Apple cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps to remove dead skin. This, over time, reduces age spots and stubborn acne scars. Additionally, the malic acid in ACV fights acne and other blemishes because its a natural antibacterial agent. Lastly, ACV works to draw out toxins and clogged pores from the depths of your skin, leaving you with a balanced, clean facial glow.

When you first start using ACV on your face, you should dilute it with water until your skin gets used to its strength. I dilute 2 teaspoons of ACV with 1 teaspoon of water and apply it to my problem areas with a cotton pad. It may sting a bit at first, but your skin will become pretty resistant to the sting after a few days.

In addition to adding apple cider vinegar to your beauty regime, there are countless ways to incorporate it into your everyday diet. Below, I’ve provided a recipe for an ACV salad dressing as well as an ACV “tonic”. I strongly recommend trying these recipes out to introduce your body to the goodness of ACV- you won’t regret it!

Apple Cider Vinaigrette:

1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil OR tahini
2 tbsp raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp maple syrup
sprinkle of salt + pepper
Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic:

1 apple, juiced
1/2 tbsp raw, unfiltered ACV
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp ginger juice
1 small sprinkle cayenne
1/2 tsp maple syrup

xoxo,
Lyndsey

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DIY Beautifying Face Mask

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Hey guys! It’s me again with some vegan DIY skincare.

If you’re like me, you suffer from aggravating hormonal acne that just never seems to go away. You’ve spent hundreds on products, procedures, and treatments and n o t h i n g seems to work. It’s tiring, upsetting, and it puts a huge damper on your confidence levels. Yep, that’s me.
While I have tried nearly every product on the market, I’ve always worked to stay away from products that have been tested on animals and are laden with heavy chemicals and irritants.
Some time ago, I discovered DIY skincare and found it to be so much cheaper, easier, and effective than store-bought products. There are so many everyday foods that can be used to achieve healthy, glowing skin. Making your own products is a great way to pay your respects to animals, the environment, and even your own body. Did you know that over 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies? Bleh. Who wants sulfites, parabens, and artificial colors hanging around in their body? Not me!
Behold my “everything mask”. I conjured up this recipe in the hopes of improving my skin from multiple angles. I combined oats, raspberries, coconut oil, lemon juice, avocado, and agave nectar to form this face mask.

The oats are so effective at reducing inflammation- i.e. acne redness. The coconut oil acts as an antiviral/antibacterial agent and is great for moisture. The raspberries are a great source of antioxidants (and they smell good!) The lemon juice a good acidic spot treatment for pesky blemishes. The avocado is perfect for restoring moisture in your skin, especially during the cold, dehydrating winter months. Lastly, I add agave because it holds everything together and makes it easier to spread on your face.

I apply this mask 2-3 times per week and I leave it on for 20-30 minutes. It leaves my skin feeling beautiful- refreshed, rehydrated, and renewed.
Say no to animal testing and unhealthy cosmetic chemicals by making your own skincare products right in the comfort of your kitchen! 

Turmeric – The “Super Skin Spice”

So my first post here has to do with food, beauty, and the correlation between the two. Throughout middle and high school, I dealt with particularly problematic skin- hormonal breakouts, dryness, and eczema. The breakouts that I experienced became quite frequent, and were putting a serious damper on my self-confidence. I believe, now, that my skin flare-ups were directly caused by my poor diet of processed, sugary foods and acne-triggering foods and my unhealthy skincare routine. I’ve found, through eliminating certain food products, that my breakouts come mostly from dairy and fried foods. Since my vegan diet doesn’t allow for at least one of these things (and I opt out of fried foods anyway), my skin has improved significantly. I rarely experience breakouts, my skin has an even tone with little inflammation, and my face feels so much softer and smooth.

Through the help of a holistic skincare routine, plant-based diet, and inclusion of “skin super spices” (I just made that term up), I’ve finally achieved skin that I’m proud of. So, if you’re interested in trying out a new routine to potentially improve your skin’s appearance, keep on reading!

As a lot of you know, I try to use the most natural, plant-based products to put in and on my body. Did you know that almost 60% of the products that we put on our skin are absorbed into our bodies? This shows that it’s really not a good idea to rely on chemical-laden beauty products that contain dyes, parabens, and additives.

The first thing I want to introduce is Turmeric- my most favorite “skin super spice”. This is an anti inflammatory spice widely used in Chinese and Indian medicine and has been utilized to treat many medical conditions. Who knew it could help skin? The anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce swelling, redness of acne, and irritation. It’s a great idea to incorporate a lot of this stuff into your diet, and there are many ways. Pictured on the left is my cashew turmeric milk, which is loaded with healthy fats that make the skin supple, and anti-inflammatory spices such as ginger and turmeric. The bright yellow color comes from the addition of turmeric.

Also, as a lot of you know, oatmeal is a really great product for skin. Many moisturizers are made with oatmeal, and I’ve also found it to be a wonderful exfoliant, used to get rid of dead skin cells. If anyone’s interested in a DIY recipe for an oatmeal exfoliator, comment down below!!

The final thing in this picture is coconut oil. There’s a lot of research surrounding the use of coconut oil as a nutritional supplement and beauty product. Let me just tell you, it works WONDERS for the skin. It’s made of medium-chain fatty acids, which keep moisture and essential oils in the skin and make it feel as smooth as velvet! It also acts as an antibacterial agent, which is why I use it to wash my face every day instead of conventional face wash. An added bonus is the Vitamin E content- which prevents early aging and skin cracking. They sell this nifty little jar of coconut oil for skin at Whole Foods for about $14.99!

So anyways, I highly recommend trying these things out (patch testing) if you have problem skin, because they work to heal the body inside and out! Thanks for reading and let me know how it works for you!