Hello my dears, thank you for your sweet comments over at my Everyday Neutral Look FOTD post. I feel encouraged to do more FOTDs!
For the past few months, I’ve experienced less heinous breakouts and when it’s not the dreaded time of the month, my skin actually looks pretty clear. I still have pigmentation like freckles and acne scars, but overall, I feel like I’m not really missing a step and feel happy with my skincare routine (a more in-depth post is coming up soon!).
One of my secrets is drinking organic apple cider vinegar with water daily. My skin wasn’t horrible when I started three months ago in September. I’d read an article on Gala Darling’s blog (I love her and read every post she writes), called My #1 Beauty Secret…At A Grocery Store Near You!, in July but waffled over getting organic apple cider vinegar in Japan. However, when we finally got a serviced apartment in NYC in the fall, I bought a bottle of Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar at a health food store and have been tipping a tablespoon into a cup of water every morning.
When I got back to Tokyo, I scoured the Internet for organic apple cider vinegar in Japan. I found one at Natural House but I don’t know if it is raw. I’ve gone through one bottle already and am on my second so I think raw or not, it does work. How does it work? I think it acts as a gentle detoxing agent so your system is clearer inside and out.
I sometimes tip some into a glass of water mixed with green powder to make it (the green powder, I mean) go down easier. And sometimes apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach can be quite harsh, so I try to take it with breakfast or even wait till the afternoon and drink it as a refreshing beverage instead of plain water. I take anywhere from one to three tablespoons a day.
Now that it is colder, I’ve taken to mixing apple cider vinegar with warm water â€” mmmm, cozy.
I wouldn’t say my skin has become perfect but I feel that it is clearer and easier to manage after three months of daily consumption (except the 10 days I was on the West Coast). My breakouts aren’t so “violent” during the time of the month â€” maybe one or two spots on the chin â€” but the rest of my face doesn’t really get spots, except the odd clogged pore. There are so many other benefits to drinking apple cider vinegar â€” read here â€” so I think you would be crazy to pass up this simple but brilliant beauty drink.
Do be warned that it is not advisable to drink apple cider vinegar neat because it can damage your teeth, throat, and stomach, so always dilute it with water! It may take some time getting used to it, especially if you don’t like sour or vinegary flavours, so try holding your nose while chugging it down, and in time, your taste buds will come around.
Have you tried drinking apple cider vinegar regularly? Have you seen any positive effects? What else do you eat/drink for great skin?