Vinegar+Oil+Lemon = Salad dressing? OR beautiful skin?
I’ve always been pretty inconsistent with my skin care regimen. I’ve toggled between using the expensive creams and cleansers and just going to bed with my make up on. I’ve spend beaucoup bucks on organic and natural products as well as the chemical laden wrinkle reducing formulas. One thing I’ve been curious about lately are the “salad dressing” ingredients like apple cider vinegar (acv) and oils (coconut, olive, avocado) being used for skin care. ACV as a toner supposedly balances out your skin’s PH levels and will even out your skin tone and unclog pores. I’ve read that Avocado oil, used as a moisturizer, will do all that PLUS smooth out skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Apparently it has been shown in a study to increase the amount of soluble collagen in the skin and improve wound healing. This translates to better skin repair and anti-aging benefits, as well as better elasticity and thicker, more resilient skin. I’m also curious what would happen if I was actually consistent with my skin care routine. So I’m going to try this out every morning and night for 30 days. To make it even more salad dressing-ish, I’m going to drink lemon water every morning and night as well. I’ve been trying to get into this routine as I’ve read lemon water gets rid of toxins in your body and is great for the skin and I think it fits nicely with the salad dressing theme. So here is a photo of me in the morning with no make up on. I’ve got the typical 30 something crows feet, sun damage, redness in my t-zone and lots of clogged pores. It’s hard to see them in this photo but if you compare the color of my neck to my chin you can see that my skin is a bit irritated. I’m just going to use my current cleanser which is Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal; it seems to work fine. For the ACV I’m going to fill a toner bottle with half water and half organic Braggs ACV. Apparently it’s really important that you get organic ACV with the “mother”; whatever that means! If using a one to one ratio feels too harsh to you then try increasing the water ratio. The ACV as toner is really cheap since this huge bottle was $6 and I’m diluting it. Compare that to the $15 for a small bottle of toner and it’s a bargain! The Avocado oil that I got was the only brand they had at Whole Foods. You’re supposed to use oil that is unrefined and green in color. This one didn’t say if it was refined, but the oil is green so I’m guessing I’m good. It was $14 and if I used it only for face moisturizing it would probably last me a couple years, so yet another bargain! I’m sure I’ll use it for cooking as well, though. When applying the ACV toner the smell is pretty strong, but it feels really good on your face just like a good toner would. It’s very refreshing and my face feels super clean after using it. The smell is supposed to go away after it dries and evaporates. For the oil, I just dabbed a small amount on a cotton ball and smeared it on my face after using the ACV toner. My face was pretty oily and shiny at first but within 30 minutes it had all absorbed and my skin just looks moist, not oily. I didn’t notice a smell. And wouldn’t you know it my husband just came home and I asked him to smell my face and tell me if it smelled like salad dressing and he laughed and said no! For the lemon water, I can’t be bothered to be stocking and cutting lemons and so I just bought a bottle of organic lemon juice concentrate. Hopefully I get the same results. Now, I’ve heard that lots of other things are good to try like, drinking ACV and using other oils on your face like olive and coconut. And I’m sure there are a slew of other natural cures and remedies out there, but I’m just going to focus on these three things, every morning and night for 30 days. I’ll let you know how it’s going and post an after photo to boot!
Feb. 3rd- It’s been 2 weeks since I started this regimen and here’s what I have to report: I haven’t noticed a difference in my skin. I know my photo quality is horrible and if there were any changes, they would be hard to see. My skin’s appearance also depends on the amount of sun I’ve gotten lately. In fact, I’d bet the sun is the root of all my skin woes anyhow, but alas I will probably always be a sun worshipper. I’m still happy with the salad dressing skin care. Even if it doesn’t improve my skin, it’s doing it’s job of cleansing and moisturizing which is something I was doing anyways. The ACV feels super refreshing and cleans well. The avocado oil leaves my skin feeling super moist and healthy. This obviously feels more natural and safe than buying multiple-ingredient-laden-beauty products and it’s a lot cheaper too. I’ll keep going after the 30 days is up for sure.
Day 30: I’m proud of myself for being consistent with all of this except for the lemon water. I just kept forgetting to do it. So my verdict on this skin care method is that it works, just like everything else that I have used, for cleaning and moisturizing the skin. The benefits I have received have been saving money and protecting my skin from the chemicals found in store bought beauty products. I did not see a difference in my skin regarding wrinkles, redness or acne. I’m sure a lot of that has to do with sun damage and no quick fix is going to make that go away. So I’m going to keep up with the salad dressing skin care until I hear of some thing else that might work better. For now it’s doing the job, even if it’s not doing the trick.