Skin is naturally acidic. However, when we use harsh cleansers and soaps, that natural acidity is disrupted. This destroys the acid mantle of our skin, which is needed to protect the skin from germs, bacteria and pollution.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a natural remedy for curing skin problems because it returns the acidity to the skin and restores that acid mantle. ACV also kills bacteria, removes excess dirt, oil and makeup and dissolves dead skin cells while helping balance skin pH.
Make sure you use organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized ACV and that it has the “mother” in it. The “mother” is the brownish strand that you will find floating in your vinegar.
Use one part ACV and 3 to 4 parts water. The more sensitive your skin, the more water needed. Apply to the skin using a cotton swab and leave for ten minutes then rinse. Use two times a day. For acne use three times a day, for severe cases leave on the skin overnight.
After rinsing apply a natural moisturizer such as organic coconut oil, which is a natural anti-bacterial agent.
Along with daily ACV treatments, all skin types should gently exfoliate 3 or 4 times per week.
Because it is a very fine powder, Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) makes a gentle facial exfoliant and mask. In addition to its main component, silica, DE also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium and phosphorous.
Since minerals can be absorbed through the skin, this is a wonderful way to complement a mineral-rich diet.
To use: Mix about 1 tablespoon of DE with water to make a thick paste. Using your fingertips, lightly massage the paste onto your face using small, circular motions.
Allow the paste to set for 1-2 minutes, gently remove with a warm washcloth using small, circular motions, then rinse with cold water to seal pores.
Follow this Diatomaceous Earth treatment with your apple cider vinegar wash.
You can find these 3 natural products at most fine health food stores and markets.
To find a retailer near you that sells Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, visit Diatomaceous Earth Hotline.