With the recent wellness trend, vinegar, specifically apple cider vinegar, has risen in popularity both as a health supplement and a skincare ingredient. I’m sure you’ve seen those DIY recipes for an apple cider vinegar cleanser or toner on social media.
Spoiler alert, DIY is not the way to go if you want to use vinegar in your skincare routine. At the very least you’ll sting or irritate your skin if you don’t dilute it properly, at the worst you could burn your face off. Not fun.
Instead I’d like to introduce you to 107 Beauty, a Korean skincare brand that uses a handcrafted all-natural vinegar, with a recipe that dates back 36 generations! Their skincare line includes the four core products, each featuring vinegar as their key ingredient:
- 107 Chaga Jelly Low pH Cleanser
- 107 Micro Drizzle Hydro Toner
- 107 Dewy Glow Serum Mist
- 107 Everyday Plump Hydro Cream
107 Beauty 7-Year Aged Vinegar
First, what is vinegar? Typically it’s refers to a 5% acedic acid solution, with the acedic acid coming from fermenting ethanol. Apple Cider Vinegar also contains acedic acid, but in this case it comes from fermenting apple cider.
107’s vinegar is based on a traditional Eastern medicine recipe, and is further fermented for 7 years to release all the nutrients from the ingredients. So now in addition to acedic acid, you get lactic acid, malic acid, vitamins, and 17 types of amino acids!
Regular vinegar is obviously the least beneficial other than being anti-bacterial and anti-microbial1, then you have ACV that’s a step up with some vitamin B’s and trace minerals from the apple cider2.
107’s aged vinegar takes it a step further and offers gentle exfoliation via lactic + malic acids and nourishment via the multiple vitamins and amino acids. It’s no longer just vinegar, but a nutritional drink for the skin!
Now that we have a better understanding of the key ingredient and how beneficial well-formulated vinegar can be, let’s see how it works in 107’s products
107 Beauty Skincare Products Reviewed
All four products feature the proprietary aged vinegar formula, which means they all offer very mild exfoliation, so mild you can use all of these daily without irritating your skin at all!
While I’ve gotten good experiences using the products separately, they truly shine when used together in a routine. If glowing + bouncy skin is what you’re after, this brand is it!
I don’t usually recommend purchasing from a single brand, but I’d make an exception for 107 Beauty – I’d happily use only their products, but add in a vitamin c + sunscreen in the morning and a retinol at night.
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If you want vinegar based skincare that truly works without irritations, save your ACV for your salad dressing and go with products that have been specifically formulated to work for our skin!
While you can't go wrong with anything in this line, my pick would definitely be the cream for its efficacy and texture or the serum mist for its unique application!
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Nagoba, B. S., et al. “Acetic Acid Treatment of Pseudomonal Wound Infections – a Review.” Journal of Infection and Public Health, vol. 6, no. 6, Dec. 2013, pp. 410–15, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jiph.2013.05.005.
“Apple Cider Vinegar.” MedicineNet, MedicineNet, 11 June 2021, www.medicinenet.com/apple_cider_vinegar/supplements-vitamins.htm.