Cleanse, tone, moisturize. These are the three essential steps that women should follow every day to get clear and clean skin. However, not all women can get great skin with these three steps, for there are many others with very sensitive skin who can get irritated skin with thorough cleansing and toning, as well as others with oily skin who wouldn’t benefit from too much moisturizing. And there’s also the problem of having to choose which among the thousands of skincare products you should use. Well, if there’s one thing most dermatologists can agree on, it is that natural products with little or no chemicals can work well on any skin type, such as the apple cider vinegar toner.
So how does a beverage popularly used as a healthy salad dressing get turned into a facial toner? The process is actually quite simple and very easy to do. Get one cup of clean water, add three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and voila, you have your own apple cider vinegar toner. Diluting the vinegar is necessary because you need to tone down the acidity while still allowing it to retain the natural antibacterial properties of the vinegar. It is important that your water is clean, and use purified water if possible. You should also aim to use only organic apple cider vinegar to get the most nutrients and health benefits. And the great thing about this water and apple cider vinegar mix is that you can also drink it for a detoxifying and refreshing drink, and in fact this solution is what apple cider vinegar weight loss is all about.
For people with acne-prone skin, apple cider vinegar alone may not be enough to help them get rid of blemishes, and by adding a few drops of witch hazel, tea tree oil, or the juice of fresh lemons, you make the toner stronger and more potent in fighting off bacteria from your skin. Those with dry or sensitive skin can add half a teaspoon of pure honey instead for extra moisturizing properties. Like apple cider vinegar, honey also has antiseptic properties so you can also stay safe from pimple-causing bacteria.
To use the apple cider vinegar toner, transfer the solution to a clean empty bottle, and dab the toner to a clean cotton ball or pad and apply to the face like you would with any other facial toner. You can also leave this on as a mask by applying it thicker to the skin and then rinsing off after a few minutes. And if you find that you have made too much of the water and apple cider vinegar solution, you can always enjoy it as a healthy drink that can be just as effective as herbal supplements and b12 injections for weight loss.
We humans are full of it. Yes, I mean THAT when I say IT. We are the fattest nation in the world for one simple reason. We are all about instant gratification. We want what we want when want it… which is now. Well tough. You can’t buy abs or pecks. At best you can buy some lump that has been surgically put into your chest. That won’t make you faster or stronger or healthier (quite the opposite). That Ab Shocker 9000 you got to electrocute your abs into submission won’t give you abs. All it’s going to do is fry your spleen. So, put it down and let’s cut through the lies and tell ourselves the truth. Let’s start with the lies.
1. I just like to eat, there is nothing wrong with liking eating.
2. Healthy food is too expensive.
3. I can’t afford a gym membership.
4. I am too old.
1. (sigh) Just… (sigh) just stop. Everyone likes to eat. How much you eat has nothing to do with your enjoyment of food, only your lack of self control. The lie here is that the pleasure of eating should trump your health, fitness, everything. I fight this lie every day. I have whipped up a nice six pack. Unfortunately that six pack is covered by a one liter. I could be saving huge bucks by washing my clothes on my washboard, but in the heat of the moment, I believe that smoked brisket sandwich is worth the lack of abage. This is especially true for people who are already overweight. I remember when I weighed over a ninety pounds more than I do now. When that temptation came, it was so hard to justify not giving into that momentary pleasure of flavor, as the pleasure of being agile, fit, and trim seemed a myth.
2. Again… seriously? And a Big Mac is cheap? It is a minimum three bucks, without fries and drink, and don’t lie to me and yourself and say you just buy the burger alone. It’s like people who say they eat only salad, and then when you are with them they never eat salad, or they eat a salad with an entire rotisserie chicken in it, with half a container of Hidden Valley smothered on top. Good food is all over the place. You just have to get used to buying it.
3. Last I checked, the means to getting in shape hasn’t changed. You move your body alot and push heavy stuff around. That can be done anywhere. Google Isometrics and recognize that the internet just called your bluff. Oh, and you don’t have to have a gym to run/jog/walk/pogo stick to and from anywhere. Move your bottom. Do it. I love Call of Duty too, but when the muscles in your thumbs are bigger than your pecs… that’s a problem.
Another thing that aids in losing weight during the summer months is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available during this time. Colorful fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals, and add very few calories to one’s diet.
Berries are a good source of fiber and antioxidants, and a sweet alternative to the decadent desserts. Yogurt and other low-fat dairy products are excellent aids in any weight-loss plan; they enhance weight loss while strengthening bones and help you feel full and satisfied.
Vegetables, both fresh and frozen, are a good choice, since you can eat large quantities of them without adding a lot of calories. Beans, for example, are an excellent substitute for meat, and are the mainstay in many a vegetarian diet. They are also a great source of protein and are full of fiber. Salads can be a tasty way to stay on target; just make sure you limit the high-calorie salad dressings.