We are currently living in tough times and learning various survival lessons daily. It is no secret that we are mastering new skills every day from cooking unique one-pot meals, cultivating new hobbies to various DIY methods to keep ourselves busy.
Though listed under non-essentials, we all know the importance of taking care of our skin health indoors or outdoors. With beauty parlours and spas being closed, it’s time to make the best out of regular, humble ingredients available in our kitchen. In this article, we bring you the beauty benefits of perhaps the most-loved and consumed vegetable in this world – potato.
The first thought that comes across our minds thinking about potatoes are yummy French fries dipped in sauce. Be it mashed, baked, or fried; the humble potato is deemed as the ultimate comfort food. Although it’s a must-have ingredient in almost all Indian dishes, little did we know, that imbued with antioxidants, potato is also a noteworthy ingredient for augmenting the skin.
And especially during the times of lockdown when essential commodities are limited and skincare products are also not much available, this cost-effective vegetable is present in abundance in almost every Indian household. So, apart from putting it in everyday meals, why not benefit from the meek potato.
How Does Potato Benefit The Skin?
Potatoes are packed with healthful ingredients like vitamins B1, B3, B6, C, and minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. We already know potato has a natural bleaching property, lets now find out how it benefits our skin:
- Reverses skin tanning and problems like hyper-pigmentation.
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
- Diminishes dark circles and puffy eyes.
- Controls sebum production and fights acne.
- Lessens inflammation caused by rashes, ulcers, and other bruises.
- Helps soothe inflamed skin cells.
- Protects skin from environmental damage.
Hence, potato can be tagged as an “all-rounder” for all skin issues. Without further ado, let's move on to these 3 easy recipes of potato using easily available ingredients that offer a complete skin solution and bestows an instant radiant rejuvenated glow.
DIY Potato Recipes For Skin
Potato And Yoghurt Oil-Control Face Wash
1 medium-sized potato
½ cup rose water
2-3 tbsp yogurt
2 tsp lemon zest
½ cup castile soap
Few drops lavender essential oil
Grind the potato into a smooth paste.
Add yogurt, lemon zest, castile soap, and lavender essential oil to the potato mixture.
Now slowly add the rose water to the mixture to make it a thicker solution.
Pour it in a pump bottle and store it in a cool place for future use.
Take a generous quantity and rub the face for 5 minutes.
Wash off the face wash with cool water.
Potato being a natural bleaching agent removes dirt and other grime particles from the skin surface. Both yogurt and lemon are extremely beneficial for improving the quality and texture of the skin, whereas rose water helps in toning the skin keeping it moisturised even after washing. Use it regularly to control the secretion of oil and prevent skin pores from getting plugged. Also Read: 3 Amazing Ways The Goodness Of Rose Makes Your Skin Glow
Potato And Tomato Acne-Clearing Scrub
1 tablespoon potato pulp
1 tablespoon tomato pulp
1 tablespoon honey
1 tbsp oatmeal powder
2-3 drops of tea tree oil
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
Apply it evenly onto the face.
Slowly massage the entire face in circular motions for 10-15 minutes.
Wash off with cool water.
The abundance of antioxidants in both tomato and potato helps in combatting the free oxygen radicals and shields the skin from germs and bacteria. Oatmeal powder being a natural exfoliative agent, scrubs off dead and dry skin cells whereas tea tree oil is excellent in treating acne-prone skin and reducing the size and marks from zits. Also Read: 5 Amazing Ways Oatmeal Based Products Revamp Skin Health
Potato And Glycerine Anti-Ageing Face Pack
1 potato pulp or juice
2-3 tbsp raw milk
3-4 drops of glycerine
1 tbsp almond oil
Mix all the ingredients in a small container.
Smear the mask all over the face.
Let it dry for 20 minutes.
Wash off with lukewarm water and apply a light moisturiser afterward.
Milk imbued with vitamins, minerals, and proteins not only moisturises the skin but also maintains its elasticity. Both potato and glycerine treat the various signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines, spots, and pigmentation. The addition of almond oil reduces puffiness and under-eye circles and enhances the complexion and skin tone. Use this face pack twice a week to get a rejuvenated glowing skin.