Almost everyone has heard about the countless benefits of the all-natural panacea that is apple cider vinegar. But what about for the skin? We were so excited to develop the Sunstone Body Lotion formula with apple cider vinegar because this food-grade and organic ingredient is a total skin saver…
Our skin’s protective layer, also known as the ‘acid mantle’, functions best at a pH of 4.5-5.5. Skin’s pH levels are vital to its health, and when the pH begins to rise we experience symptoms like dehydration, roughness, irritation and flaking. If skin pH continues to rise, bacteria levels increase and skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis are likely to flare. Without a healthy acid mantle, skin is left with no defensive barrier and is susceptible to all kinds of environmental damage.
Everyday our skin is fighting to maintain a healthy pH. Things like sun exposure, our diets, sweating and the use of soap all lower our skin’s pH so the least we can do is to use a product with an acidic base (such as apple cider vinegar as well as hydrosol). This is the best way to prevent depletion of the acid mantle and is one of the secrets to maintaining vibrant, healthy skin.
There is such a thing as good bacteria, but not always on our skin. Bacteria on the skin leads to things like acne, blemishes, rashes, flakes and flare-ups. Luckily, apple cider vinegar can prevent this too. Because of all the beneficial enzymes, acids and the pH of AVC, it’s an effective treatment of bad bacteria on the skin and can help clear up those trouble spots.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, leaving behind bright and beautiful skin. For those of us with sensitive skin, irritations and acne though, physically exfoliating is not always the best option. Apple cider vinegar works as a safe and gentle chemical exfoliator. When diluted properly in a product, the levels of AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) in apple cider vinegar work to stimulate the skin and exfoliate naturally over time. This process works on a cellular level and leaves skin softer, smoother and even reduces fine lines.
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