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Skincare At Home: 4 Vegetable Face Masks for Healthy Skin

When we hear words like skin care, beauty treatments or face packs, the first thought that comes to our mind is “Must be expensive!” Not necessarily. You’ll be surprised to know that you can make effective, nourishing face masks out of ingredients easily found in your grocery bag. Here are a couple of face masks that are prepared using everyday vegetables.

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Carrot and Honey Face Mask:

With the key ingredients being carrots and honey, this might seem like a cake or muffin recipe, but it is not. This is very much a face mask recipe (quite a delicious one) which is sure to do wonders for your skin. Why? Well, because both, carrots and honey contain essential elements that revitalize and nourish skin. They are rich in Vitamin A and thus, have anti-ageing properties. Carrots also stimulate skin cell regeneration and hence, effectively lighten blemishes and heal damaged skin. When applied to the skin, carrots and honey also have a moisturizing effect, giving your skin a radiant glow.

Aren’t you so much more excited to make this face mask now?

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Here’s how to make the mask:

Blend together a medium-sized carrot, half a cup of honey and a banana in a blender. Create a paste by adding Fuller’s Earth to the mixture. Now, apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. For those with dry, undernourished skin, add a bit of avocado or hazelnut oil to the mixture.

 

Tomato-Sugar Face Mask:

The red, juicy tomato does a lot more than add flavour to your food. It also provides your skin with a host of beauty benefits. High in lycopene, tomatoes help fight cell damage and thus, slow down your skin’s ageing process. The juice can also be used for reducing the size of open pores on your face and getting rid of blackheads. Effective in curing acne, tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A, C and K, which dry up acne and cleanse your skin.

So, if you want smooth and blemish-free skin, just like the skin of a tomato, try on this face mask!

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Here’s how to make the mask:

This face mask is really easy since you don’t really have to make it. All you need to do is cut a tomato in half, dip it in sugar and rub the cut tomato over your face. Keep moving the tomato over your skin for about 10 minutes, and then wash the juice off your face. Your skin will feel like a baby’s, soft and smooth.

Pumpkin Mask:

Don’t let its ‘Halloween Pumpkin Image’ frighten you away. The plump pumpkin is one of the healthiest vegetables around. Packed with a laundry list of vitamins and minerals, this vegetable revitalizes, rejuvenates and nourishes your skin. Rich in Vitamin C, it improves the tone and elasticity of your skin, thereby reducing wrinkles. It is also known to protect your skin against skin cancer. It also contains carotenoids that improve skin texture and reverses UV damage. It is also high in zinc, which cures acne and promotes skin renewal. Apart from this, Pumpkins are rich in potassium, copper, magnesium and B Vitamins. Whoa!

(Did you just swear to never waste a pumpkin by making Jack-o-Lantern and instead, use every inch of its plump flesh to make face masks?)

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Here’s how to make the mask:

Create a gooey paste by mixing together quarter cup crushed pumpkin, one egg and a bit of milk. If you have dry skin, add honey to the mix and if you have oily skin, add cranberry juice or apple cider. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.

Cucumber Mask:

A cucumber a day keeps skin specialists away! It really does. The refreshing cucumber is ideal for consumption and for applying on your skin. It is abundant in antioxidants and silica which tightens sagging skin and also fades dark circles. It also contains large amounts of Vitamin C and caffeic acid that decreased water retention, thereby reducing puffiness and soothing inflamed skin. Cucumbers also help fade scars, tighten open pores and reduce cellulite.

Motivated enough to make this face mask?

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Here’s how to make the mask:

Use a blender to create a puree of one peeled cucumber and some milk. Apply this cream to your face. Leave it on for about 30 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water.

Well, this was about external application of vegetables to get healthy, glowing skin. However, it is also important to consume vegetables so that they act on your system from within and improve the quality of your skin. Here’s an article that lists out fruits, vegetables and nuts that should be included in your diet so that you can enjoy beautiful skin: http://www.nopimplesnomarks.com/healthy-food-for-beautiful-skin/

Another interesting article on the myths surrounding skin care: http://www.nopimplesnomarks.com/5-skin-care-myths-need-bust/

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This entry was posted on March 26, 2014 by in Skin Care.
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