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Mint for a glowing skin

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.

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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.

Heals wounds

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

150g cucumber

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

6 replies on “Mint for a glowing skin”

Mint is an excellent ingredient to use for any skin problems. I personally purchase products that has this ingredient in it. It makes me always refreshed and new. I have skin problems, thus I like to use mint and other products to assist with my problem. Is mint good to use for burns? I have a burnt mark I want to recover from and heal up. Thank you for the informative article.

Hi Bernard

So great that you stopped by and found the article informative. I do believe mint can help with healing your burn as it has anti inflammatory properties that speeds up healing. Try and apply the juice of mint leaves directly to the your burn with a cotton ball. Give me feedback if possible 🙂

Thanks for sharing valuable information on Mint. Mint certainly has many healing properties and is an age old plant remedy for many ailments.  Thanks for sharing your DIY skin care recipes,  I will certainly use them.   Many years ago when I was a child my mother gave us mint tea when we had stomach ailments.  We always had mint in the garden,  a few leaves in a cup filled up with boiling water,  let it steep for a couple of minutes and you have mint tea. I am still using  and recommending this traditional method whenever somebody has an upset stomach because it is soothing and it works.       

HI Carola

Thanks for stopping by.  Yes , mint is truly one of nature’s miracle herbs and many reasons why its good for glowing skin too 🙂

Wow, thanks for another herb discovery that’s great not only for salads but also for skincare treatment. I appreciate you talking about the use of Mint in its most natural state for preventing further inflammatory effects on the affected parts. As we know, many people are suffering from
acne and have tried all forms of remedy but to no avail. Since it’s capable of healing wounds,
cuts, or insect bites, can it heal a snake bite? I’m so curious to hear from you. Thanks for the informative post!

Joyce

Hi Joyce

I am not familiar with snake bites but what I do know is traditional medicine incorporates certain herbs to heal snake bites such using moringa leaves and other plants so maybe have a look at moringa 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

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