Back To Beauty Basics: Top 10 Foods That Clean Your Facial Skin
Are you overspending on department-store-bought beauty products just to achieve clean, acne-free, smooth facial skin?
If so, you might be interested to know that several ingredients from your fridge, kitchen cupboard, and fruit basket actually have impressive skin-cleansing and skin health-promoting properties.
Take a moment to get to know 10 of the best foods you can make and apply as simple masks and cleansers for a more youthful, glowing facial skin—without burning a hole in your pocket or damaging your sensitive skin with artificial ingredients and heavily medicated creams.
Avocados are rich in vitamin E and vitamin C, both powerful agents against aging. Also, avocados contain a high fat content, making them perfect for moisturizing and preventing drying of skin that can lead to premature wrinkling. To make an avocado mask, mash an avocado using a fork or mortar and pestle, apply the mashed fruit directly onto clean skin, leave on for as long as you want, and rinse to reveal moisturized, more youthful skin.
Cucumbers have soothing, softening, and anti-inflammatory qualities. Simply remove the cucumber skin, slice them thinly, rub them all over your face, and experience a healed, smoothened skin all over.
Papaya is rich in antioxidants, carotenes, vitamin C, and papain, an enzyme that works wonders for exfoliating skin. To make your own natural papaya facial mask, mash a slice of papaya using the back of a fork, and add in a teaspoon of brown sugar and oatmeal as desired. Blend well and apply the mixture on your face with circular massaging motions. Leave on to dry for around 2 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water for cleansed pores and exfoliated skin.
4. Orange and other citrus fruits
Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, oranges and other citrus fruits such as lime, lemon and tangerines are great at improving your complexion and even have the potential of inhibiting the development of cancerous skin lesions. Simply slice the fruit and rub the juicy portion directly on your skin, leave on for a maximum of 10-15 minutes, then rinse off. Take caution with applying this type of mask on broken skin though, as it can sting.
Pineapples contain the potent cleansing and anti-inflammatory agent bromelain. They are great at fighting free radical damage and softening the skin. Making a raw food face mask using pineapples is quite simple—just peel off the pineapple skin and mash up a small piece of the fruit, then apply the juice as a quick natural facial, and rinse off after a few minutes.
A fresh banana face mask is recommended for oily skin. It exfoliates facial skin, unclogging pores and sloughing off dead cells from the surface to reveal newer skin from beneath. To make a banana face mask, mix a mashed ripe banana with a tablespoon of honey and some lemon juice extract. Apply the mixture on your face, allow to dry, then wash off with warm water after a few minutes for cleansed, acne-protected skin.
A fruit facial mask made of apple and milk is perfect for keeping normal skin free of dust and dirt accumulation. Mash an apple and combine it with 4 cups of milk, a tablespoon of sugar, and a couple of drops of chamomile oil. Blend the mixture well, evenly apply on your face, and let dry for about 15 minutes. Finish by washing off with lukewarm water to reveal invigorated, radiant skin.
Berries are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants that help combat inflammation and free radical damage. Strawberries are best for acne-prone skin and grapes are ideal for aging skin. Just slice them in the middle and slide on their juicy sides over your face, leave on for around 110-30 minutes, then rinse off for healthier skin.
9. Green tea
The antioxidant-rich green tea has health benefits for the body both when consumed internally and applied externally. It helps reduce redness and inflammation, as well as aids in UV protection. To make a special green tea mask, grind 2 tablespoons of green tea in a mixer until it is a fine powder, then add in a tablespoon of whipped yogurt and a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. After mixing the concoction, apply it on your face and neck by gentle massaging motion for around a minute. Rinse off with warm water and experience skin soothed from itchiness and irritation.
This good old fiber-rich cholesterol-busting food also works wonders for the skin—it’s great for sloughing off dead skin cells, soothing redness and irritation, and softening and rejuvenating your facial skin. To make an oatmeal mask, combine 3 tsp oatmeal with a teaspoon each of curd and honey, and one egg white. Refrigerate the mixture for some time, and cleanse your face thoroughly before application of the mixed paste. Apply the face pack and let it dry on your face for a few minutes, then wash off with clean water and pat your face dry.
Which of these 10 foods are currently in your kitchen or food stash? Have you ever tried using any of them as a facial cleanser or mask? Remember that Mother Nature has its own gifts to endow those seeking its aid for better health, beauty and wellness. Know how to take advantage of these gifts and apply them in your own life, so you too can achieve your health, wellness, and beauty visions—the natural way.