Wardah Abbas has been having fun ever since she launched her appearance into the green world. She loves beautiful things and beautiful people too
ACV’S BEAUTY MAGIC WAND
As much as I have always wanted to look extraordinary on my own part, it had always been trial and error with body lotions, body scrubs, cleansers, hair shampoos and conditioners, facial masks, body oils and a host of other skin beauty products. Until I discovered that I can achieve the best results if I do it the green way. And guess what, it has been fantastic. Realising that it will be selfish of me to keep these secrets to myself, I have decided to share them with you – and in this issue, I’m starting with apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is my latest green beauty obsession. I have multiple jars of it all around the house so that it’s always within my reach whenever I need it. The wonderful thing about it is that it is very affordable; it serves so many functions and comes in handy even in unimaginable circumstances. Before I get started, let me emphasise that in order to gain the full benefits of this therapy, you need to get Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar as opposed to clear vinegar which has been processed. Here are the magical beauty transformations you can get from apple cider vinegar (ACV):
1. FACIAL SKIN
As a dark skinned person, my facial skin gets most sensitive during the hot weather. The more I get exposed to the sun, the darker my skin gets. So, ACV is just perfect for this. Apply a few drops of ACV to a cotton ball and rub on your therapy zone which can be any part of your body. Wash it off after thirty minutes. This prevents breakouts, minimizes blemishes and even tones your skin, giving it a brighter colour. ACV also helps to moisturize your skin especially for those of us who have dry, flaky skin.
For those of us who have oily skin, this is a great solution against acne. ACV kills bacteria and balances skin’s pH level as well because it absorbs excessive oil from the skin which is a leading cause of acne. Mix a cap of vinegar to ¼ glass of water, apply directly to your face with clean cotton pad and leave it there for about fifteen minutes, and then rinse. Repeat this two times a day. For excessive cases of acne, you can leave it overnight without rinsing.
Many of us get exposed to direct sunlight which causes skin redness for fair skinned people and blackness for dark skinned people. In this situation, ACV comes in to do a magical rescue by relieving the pain of a sun burn and minimizing peeling. Do this by applying a wash cloth soaked in a mixture of ACV and water to the burned area.
As a remedy for age spots, ACV contains sulphur that fights the effects of ageing. Just dab a cotton pad soaked in ACV to the age spot and leave overnight without rinsing until the next morning. If this causes you to feel a stinging sensation, dilute with water.
Lastly, the next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two capfuls of ACV. It draws toxins out of the body and leaves behind toned and moisturised skin.
2. HAIR RINSE
My hair catches the attention of a lot of my girlfriends and they just can’t stop asking me what my secret is. The truth is I have a lot of green hair secrets and ACV is just one of them. ACV balances hair’s pH level, removes build ups from conditioners, strengthens the hair shaft and leaves you with soft shiny strands. The acetic acid present in ACV also helps to eliminate dandruff in the air. Use ACV on your hair by diluting a cup of ACV in five cups of warm water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it for about forty-five seconds before rinsing your hair with cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine.
3. TEETH WHITENER
A great smile is an asset for every woman and this is enhanced when you have healthy gums and shiny white teeth. As a lover of chocolates and sweets, I don’t part with my ACV when it comes to my oral therapy. ACV helps to remove stains, whiten teeth and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Do this by gargling with a mixture of ACV and water in the morning before brushing your mouth. Then brush as usual after you gargle.
BONUS: ACV is also very effective as an antiperspirant as it absorbs and neutralizes odours. Most commercial deodourants and underarm sprays block your ability to sweat which is dangerous to your health because sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification. Rub in a bit of ACV under your arms. The smell of vinegar dissipates once it dries.
I really hope that you have benefited from this green and wonderful DIY beauty therapy. Expect more green secrets to come in the next issues of YMM Insha’Allah.
‘A’isha, the wife of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: Kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beautyand it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective.
(Sahih Muslim, Book 32, Hadith 6274)
Wardah Abbas is the Earth Care writer for Young Muslimah Magazine, she writes for SISTERS Magazine, and she celebrates Islam and highlights issues affecting women on her blog: http://therosespen.wordpress.com/