When you think of mint I’m certain that the following bursts to mind : cooling, soothing and refreshing.
On my journey with nature, it was to my delight that I discover this beautiful herb. Not only is it good for salads and cocktails but can be whipped up into your skin care routine.
Minting it up for the sake of glowing skin is going to be so refreshing my foragers so let’s find out more.
Not just another green herb
Mint for glowing skin is an understatement to say the least. This herb definitely needs more praise when it comes to skin care. These aromatic, bright green leaves are loaded with nutrients that will heal, soothe and moisturize your skin. Mint has therapeutic qualities that makes it so easy to fall in love with as a beauty treatment. It is antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory which is all the makings of a good natural skin & hair care product.
The medicinal properties of mint leaves are due to the presence of specialized plant compounds which are antioxidants known as flavonoids, phenols and carotenoids. These provide mint leaves with anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and immune boosting qualities.
Clears up acne
As mentioned before mint is loaded with nutrients and has antibacterial properties which rids the skin of unnecessary dirt and oil. Its anti-inflammatory powers also go to work on acne by keeping the pores subdued and dry and clean. If you ever had acne you will know how irritated your skin becomes and by using mint leaves in its most organic state it will soothe and prevent further inflammation to the problem areas.
The anti-inflammatory powers speeds up the healing process for cuts, insect bites and itchy dry skin. If you spent too much time in the sun it can work to reduce swelling and redness and soothes. Once again the more organic the better and if you can obtain the juice of mint leaves and then apply directly to your skin.
Reduce signs of aging
Rosmarinic acid in mint leaves, which is an antioxidant is beneficial in improving the blood circulation to your skin and hydrates the skin. It prevents free radical damage to the skin and pauses those fine lines and wrinkles. The mint leaves extract is helpful in restoring skin health and keeps it supple and healthy.
Dark spots and circles
The richness of antioxidants in mint leaves functions well to fade out dark under eye circles. Apply mint leaf paste over the dark circles and leave it on while you sleep at night. You will see skin tone under the eyes significantly lightened and rejuvenated. You can do the same for any dull skin issues and dark spots or pigmentation to instantly lighten it for a glowing complexion.
Some ideas for “the lab”
Let’s have some fun with mint and whip it up into our skin care DIY.
- Mint / Lemon / Banana mask or as I call like to call it “Lemintana”
You will need one ripe banana, some mint leaves and lemon juice. Blend it all and then pour it into a bowl. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes and then wash it off. Bananas are also known for preventing signs of aging by protecting our skin from free radicals. They also give natural moisture to the skin, making it glow.
- Mint leaves & Rose water mask
This is refreshing recipe helps in reducing acne and it literally takes 30 seconds. Add one tablespoon of rose water to some crushed mint leaves and make a paste out of it. The best way to make a past is using your mortar and pestle my foragers. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash off.
- Mint, oats, honey and cucumber scrub
This treatment is great as an exfoliator and also as a mask. Crush the mint leaves, mix it with cucumber juice, soaked oats and honey. Apply this pack on your face for about 30 minutes and then wash it off. Good for reducing oil and keeping acne at bay. Or try this amazing mask available at Amazon.
- Moringa , mint , kale , cucumber , lemon & chia seeds mask
All I can say is you absolutely MUST do this at least once a year. It is so nourishing, hydrating & soothing due to these ingredients which are loaded with vitamins and minerals your skin craves. You can read more about my obsession with Moringa here.
Blend all of these except the chia which you stir in afterward
1-2 tsp moringa powder or leaves
10g kale or spinach leaves
6 mint leaves (approx. 10g)
1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
1 tbsp chia seeds
leave this mixture in the fridge for 30 min before use. When you ready smooth it over clean dry skin and leave on for 15min.
This mask works wonders especially if you have sun damaged skin that needs some love.
- Yogurt, Fuller’s Earth and Mint mask
You will need 2tbsp of yogurt, 1 tbsp fuller’s earth and about 10 mint leaves. Make a paste from the leaves and then mix in the yogurt and fuller’s earth until its all smooth. Apply to you clean dry face as a mask and leave on for 15 to 30 min. Rinse off with cool water. If you do this at least once a week your skin will be more hydrated thanks to the yogurt. It will be more nourished thanks to the rich minerals of the fuller’s earth and you already know the wonderful powers and sensations of the mint:)
In mint condition
There are so many reasons to start adding mint into your skin care. It has been a part of holistic beauty treatments for centuries and will remain a key ingredient courtesy of nature. The main reason I started using mint is because of how it heals and when combined with other nurturing agents mint is a force to reckon with. The fragrance alone is enticing and it calls you to smooth on its goodness all over your body to hydrate and refresh. If you cannot obtain fresh leaves try this mint essential oil and add to your natural potions. You can head into “the lab” at home or search here for natural mint skin care products on-line or at your nearest wellness store.
Will you be trying mint for glowing skin and share your experience with me? If you have already or if you are thinking about minting things up today drop your thoughts below 🙂
Cheers to Mint