While you may know of mint leaves to be a tasty herb or breath freshener, it has actually been used for centuries across various cultures to aid in digestive health, cure headaches, and calm down coughs.
You’ll find that mint is a common ingredient used in skin moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, and cleaning products.
Mint has high antiseptic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
So it’s no wonder it can be used in the following eight ways for your skin.
1. Acts as a Toner
For fresh and tighter feeling skin, you can use mint as a part of your toner regimen.
You can boil mint leaves for a water toner. Simply strain it once cooled.
Alternatively, you can fill a small bottle ¾ full of filtered water and then add ¼ of apple cider vinegar.
Add 20-30 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Apply either formula to your face once or twice a day.
2. Exfoliate Your Skin
Mint helps create a wonderful exfoliator.
Combine peppermint essential oil with oatmeal, olive oil, and brown sugar.
Rub this on your face in a circular motion.
The peppermint oil helps keep skin supple.
3. Control Acne
If you have frequent breakouts, apply peppermint oil to reduce them.
This also reduces the size of pimples.
Mint controls the secretion of oils in your skin, so your pores aren’t clogged as much.
Clear pores keeps your skin acne free.
4. Control Oily Skin
The Vitamin A in mint is great at controlling the secretion of oils in your skin.
You can make a mask using peppermint oil and cucumber.
Add it to a green clay and mix well.
Apply it to your face and allow it to dry.
Then, wash it off with warm water.
Your skin will be refreshed and rejuvenated with less oil.
5. Clear Up Dark Spots
Mint also works well at clearing up dark and aging spots.
Mix mint leaves or oil with lemon juice.
Dot the dark spots on your skin with a cotton ball daily.
This also helps brighten your skin.
6. Soften Dry Skin
Combined with oils such as olive oil or almond oil, mint is excellent at retaining moisture.
It keeps the driest skin hydrated.
7. Clear Up Your Nails
Since mint has potent antifungal properties, it’s the perfect oil to use if you have a fungal nail infection.
Apply it direct by rubbing it in and allowing to set.
8. Reduce Insect Bite Irritation
Mint is nature’s natural deterrent against insects.
Its anti-inflammatory agents also help soothe skin after you’ve been bitten.
Apply a bit of mint juice or peppermint oil to the bite, and it should cool down shortly after that.
Do you currently use mint as a part of your daily beauty regimen? If so, how so?
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