Fenugreek has been around for the longest time and once only considered as an ingredient for Methi parathas, it is now being used to improve one’s health and appearance. The organic way, of course.
Fenugreek seeds, also known as Methi seeds are a staple in any Indian kitchen. If you aren’t in India, fret not. It is gaining popularity around the world and should be in one of your supermarket aisles. But before we delve into its sought-after benefits for our face and skin, let’s take a look at what it is that makes it so amazing.
Why should I use fenugreek on my skin?
Fenugreek seeds are rich in anti-oxidant polyphenols and have anti-bacterial properties. Free radicals in the human body can cause visible ageing and are associated with UV rays, pollution, smoke and a variety of external factors, all of which we are exposed to on a daily basis. Anti-oxidant polyphenols in fenugreek combat the free radicals in the body, hence protecting the skin from fine lines and wrinkles and the onset of early ageing. Fenugreek is also home to Zinc, Manganese and Copper that protect the skin from sunspots, activate collagen production enzymes and promote collagen formation, all in that order.
Moreover, fenugreek seeds are great for those with dry skin and do not cause further damage when applied as a face mask.
Fenugreek Seeds Make You Glow From The Inside
Before we step into recipes for face masks and scrubs, it is imperative to know that beauty comes from within. What you put into your body, shows on your skin. Here’s a bonus recipe for a simple fenugreek tea to effectively battle those free radicals.
Take one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and crush them into coarse fragments. Add these to a cup of boiling water. When it comes to a rolling boil, turn it off and let the seeds steep in the water for a few minutes. Strain the tea into your cup and sip away. This tea is best consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
How To Use Fenugreek For Your Face And Skin?
Fenugreek seeds can be used as a stand-alone ingredient in a face pack or a face mask. However, to improve its effects on the skin and to cater to different skin types, a few extra ingredients can be added into the mix.
As A Face Pack Or A Face Mask
A simple face pack calls for fenugreek seeds, water and nothing more. Take your desired quantity of fenugreek seeds and soak them in water overnight. Drain the water and keep it aside. Crush the seeds in a mortar and pestle to yield a coarse paste or in a blender to derive a smooth paste. Cleanse the skin and apply the paste all over the face and neck. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse off. This face pack battles redness or sun damage in the form of sunspots to the skin and allows the skin to heal.
For normal skin, the face pack should suffice. For those with dry skin, two parts of yoghurt/curd and one part of honey can be added to four parts of fenugreek. This mixture can effectively hydrate and protect the skin.
For those that battle ageing, equal parts of fenugreek seed paste and yoghurt/curd can be used as a face pack. Yoghurt/ curd have natural exfoliant properties and can help remove dead skin cells that build up over time and cause the skin to look dull. Removing the dead cells promotes regeneration and cellular growth, thus leading to beautiful and glowing skin!
For sensitive skin that is prone to irritation and redness, a mask can be made with fenugreek seeds and aloe vera gel. Add equal parts of fenugreek seed paste and aloe vera gel and mix well. Apply over the face and wash off after 15- 20 minutes. The polysaccharide compounds in the fenugreek seeds and the hydrating properties of Aloe Vera combined can act as a shield for the face thus protecting it from irritation and rashes or redness.
As A Cleanser And A Toner
Fenugreek tea or the strained water from the soaking of the seeds can be used as a toner. The water from the seeds can be bottled into a container with a spray nozzle and used post cleansing and before moisturizing. The same water can be used to cleanse and remove excess oils from the skin.
As an alternative, fine-milled fenugreek powder can be mixed with raw milk to make a slightly loose paste that can be gently massaged on to the skin in circular motions to remove dirt. Raw milk is a good toner for those with dry skin.
As A Scrub
Most people are familiar with natural walnut shell scrubs that are quite harmful to the skin. Despite not having any harmful chemicals, the shell powder makes micro-abrasions on the skin that can allow for the growth of bacteria. Fenugreek seeds, on the other hand, are excellent as a scrubbing tool and do not cause damage to the skin.
Soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight and blend them into a slightly coarse paste. Apply the paste over the face and scrub in circular motions like a cleanser. This can effectively remove dead skin cells and grime on the skin thus allowing the skin to breathe and regenerate.
Be it for dry skin, sensitive skin or normal skin, Fenugreek has surely proven to be useful. A versatile ingredient not just in out methi parathas but also in our face packs, it is sure to keep the skin glowing and healthy. So go ahead, try them all and see for yourself.
Possible Side Effects And Interactions
It is possible that you may be allergic to certain ingredients mentioned here. It is always recommended to conduct a swatch/patch test to ensure that you have no reactions to any of the ingredients. For those with known allergies to any of the products or ingredients belonging to the same family/species, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist before using the ingredients on the skin or consumption.
Care and precautions must be taken before using the ingredients on damaged, wounded, sensitive skin to ensure no further discomfort is caused. Should there be any adverse effects, a dermatologist must be immediately consulted to prevent spread, in case of allergies.
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