4 Herbal Mask Ingredients for Glowing Skin
Everyone dreams of a glowing, radiant complexion, and there are some natural products out there that can help you to achieve this, so you don’t have to subject your skin to potentially harmful chemicals.
When you think of turmeric it may be cooking that first comes to mind, but this fabulous spice can actually do wonders for your skin when applied topically. Boasting antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can help to bring out your skin’s natural glow through keeping it clear and healthy. The active ingredient in turmeric that makes it an antioxidant is curcuminoid, and this will help to stop free radicals from attacking your healthy skin cells. Not only will this keep your skin glowing, but it can help to prevent hyperpigmentation (darker areas of skin) too. To make an antioxidant turmeric face mask, simply combine turmeric with water. You might also like to add some flour to thicken the mask so that it’s easy to apply.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory quality will also help your skin to glow, as it will reduce any redness or swelling that you may be experiencing. Inflammation and irritation can cause flare-ups of other skin conditions too, so keeping these symptoms at bay is a must for a healthy complexion. For a soothing turmeric face mask, mix the spice with aloe vera gel and apply.
In addition to these benefits, using turmeric on your skin has antibacterial effects, and by successfully eliminating bacteria this spice will help to prevent acne and pimple breakouts, and can even help to fade scarring. To fight acne and combat other antibacterial skin issues, mix turmeric with warm water and honey. If these benefits aren’t enough, turmeric can also improve skin texture, which will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making this an all-round super herbal mask ingredient.
Turmeric face masks shouldn’t be left on for any longer than 15 minutes as they can cause a slight discoloration to the skin. Don’t worry if this happens though, as it will fade by itself in a few hours. Although a turmeric face mask is great for occasional use, our turmeric soap can be used every day and provides the same amazing benefits.
Mainly responsible for sparking memories of holidays and sipping pina coladas, pineapple is actually a great face mask ingredient if you're hoping to make your skin glow. This tropical fruit contains an enzyme called bromelain which works as a natural exfoliator due to its ability to break down and remove dead skin cells - revealing a fresh and glowing complexion underneath. Pineapple is also packed full of vitamins C and E which will brighten your skin tone and leave you with an even complexion, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As a natural astringent, pineapple will tighten your skin and give you a smoother complexion overall too, leaving you with a youthful glow.
In addition to these benefits, pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties which make it great for combating spots and acne, plus it's great for use on blackheads too. You’ll also find that pineapple will protect your skin from environmental factors, like pollution, which can leave your skin looking dull and lifeless over time - possibly leading to your lack of glow in the first place.
The easiest way to make a pineapple face mask is to combine pineapple puree with oatmeal and honey. This will create a mask that is easy to apply and feels nice on your skin. Leave the mask on for 10 - 15 minutes for best results and remove with warm water. One thing to remember is that pineapple can be a bit drying, so if you suffer from dry skin you might prefer to mix pineapple with your favourite serum or moisturizer to ensure that your complexion stays hydrated. If you want to use pineapple as a spot treatment, you can simply apply a cube directly to the offending area and this will reduce redness and inflammation.
Baobab trees can be found in regions of mainland Africa, Madagascar, and Australia, and the fruit that they produce is a great face mask ingredient for glowing skin thanks to how packed full of vitamins and omega 3s they are. Best-loved for its regenerative properties, baobab contains Omega 3s which can help with skin conditions such as psoriasis, and will assist in the healing of a number of skin imperfections that you may have, such as marks or scars. Baobab also boasts high levels of vitamin C which will help you to produce collagen which results in a smooth, plump, youthful looking complexion. The presence of vitamin B in baobab ensures that your skin will retain moisture to keep it glowing, and baobab’s vitamin A supply will fight bacteria and help to eliminate unwanted outbreaks.
Perhaps baobab’s most popular benefit is its ability to improve the skin's natural elasticity, which can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, and other frustrating signs of aging. Through using baobab on your skin, you can be confident that it will leave you with a smooth, soft complexion and radiating glow. To create a face mask using this ingredient, mix baobab oil or powder with oats, honey, and natural yoghurt for a recipe that is actually good enough to eat. Apply this to your face and leave for 15 minutes before removing with warm water.
Thanks to containing a whole range of fantastic vitamins, the addition of spirulina to your face mask is guaranteed to make your skin glow. Spirulina encourages faster cell turnover which speeds up renewal and ensures that you’re shedding dead skin before it has the chance to make your complexion appear dull. This quick renewal process also means that skin imperfections will heal quicker when you apply spirulina, and it helps to detoxify as it works too. The appearance of vitamins A, B12, and E are very welcome in spirulina too, as they help to prevent dreaded early signs of aging and will give you that longed-for glow.
Spirulina can also make your skin appear fresh and glowing due to the fact that it contains chlorophyll which reduces dark spots and eliminates discoloration. Another benefit of spirulina for the skin is its antibacterial property, as this means that it's an effective solution for acne sufferers.
If you want to create a face mask with spirulina, you should change the recipe depending on your skin type. For example, those with dry skin can combine spirulina powder with aloe vera gel for a soothing face mask, whereas those with oil skin should opt for a spirulina and honey face mask as this will hydrate the skin without making it greasy. Spirulina can work wonders all over the body - not just on the face - which is why we include it in our Coco Lime Body Scrub. This scrub can be used to give you an all-over glow, and will ensure that your complexion is healthy and well cared for.
These 4 herbal mask ingredients for glowing skin are sure to give you a radiant complexion that you love, and you can rely on our Acne Buster Herbal Face Mask if you’re looking for something that will eliminate your acne and leave you with deeply cleansed skin.