DO you need to beat the post-Christmas bulge? Taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) before meals can help curb your appetite and burn fat.
We have tested it in capsule, fizzy and organic form, while our Beauty Editor has tried out leading liquid exfoliators.
with Jane Atkinson
TABLETS: Tonik Apple Cider Vinegar soft gel capsules are tasteless and gag-free, making them super-easy to take.
They advise to take up to six a day, which was too many for me, so I stuck to three.
After a week’s worth of tablets, I found myself less bloated after meals and with clearer skin.
- £32 for 120 tablets, thetonik.co.uk
Willy’s Apple Cider Vinegar Sicilian Lemon is naturally fermented, and therefore carbonated gently.
The flavours go well together and are subtle. I had the drink before dinner to aid digestion and found no bloating, even after a heavy meal.
- 7cals per 100ml. (£1.49 for 250ml, hollandandbarrett.com)
A celeb favourite, Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered and comes with proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria.
There are some brown bits in it that look vile, but after two mornings of glugging 25ml to a glass of water my tummy was flatter. My favourite.
- 473ml, £6.99, boots.com
With Gabriella Stein
- Pixi Glow Tonic (£18, 250ml, lookfantastic.com)
A highly concentrated toner to deeply cleanse pores, remove oils and gently exfoliate. Can be used morning and night on clean skin followed by your usual serum or moisturiser.
This tingled and left my T-section a little red, so for me it’s best used just a few times a week.
- The Ordinary, Lactic Acid 10 + HA (£5.80, 30ml, cultbeauty.co.uk)
A ten per cent lactic acid peel to gently exfoliate, even your skin tone and improve pigmentation.
Used in the evening, I felt a faint tingling sensation, but this particular acid incorporates Tasmanian pepperberry to soothe skin and reduce irritation.
I found this left my skin blemish-free. A five per cent option is also available.
- Paula’s Choice (£28, 118ml, lookfantastic.com)
A lightweight liquid exfoliant containing two per cent salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells as well as reduce blackheads and enlarged pores.
Easily applied with a cotton pad and gentle enough to use daily, it hugely improved my skin tone as well as reduced blemishes. It’s now a permanent part of my routine.
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