Face masks from horseradish are safe alternatives to expensive medical facial treatments against aging spots and skin elasticity restoration. Depending on mask content, it can have rejuvenation, whitening, toning, and healing effects.
Horseradish is a popular condiment with a strong flavor. It originated in South-East Europe and has many health benefits. It contains bioactive compounds that may have anti-cancer properties. It is also loaded with antioxidants and may relieve respiratory disorders such as sinusitis. But, did you know that horseradish root has also bleaching properties? It is known to treat skin discoloration (melasma) and reduce age spots. However, it is just a tiny part of the benefits of horseradish face masks.
Why are the horseradish masks beneficial?
The secret of such masks is stored in horseradish’s composition: for example, horseradish contains even more vitamin C than lemon. Mustard and essential oils provide good nutrition and hydration. Moreover, it contains such elements as carotene, phosphorus, potassium, arginine, iron, fiber, lactose, resinous substances, mineral salts, and aspargine. All these elements eliminate a variety of shortcomings, ranging from excessive drying of individual skin areas to pigmentation and flabbiness. Vitamins B, C, and PP protect the skin from the harmful effects of the environment, rejuvenate and improve the complexion.
What skin problems are horseradish masks recommended for?
The use of horseradish in homemade masks allows to eliminate such problems as:
- Pigmentation, freckles, and scars;
- Wrinkling, flabbiness;
- Excessive sebaceous discharge, inflammation;
- Acne and acne;
- Dryness, peeling.
When are the horseradish masks not recommended?
- Sensitive facial skin
Despite its usefulness, horseradish can adversely affect the skin if used incorrectly or if certain contraindications are ignored. The latter include:
- Individual intolerance to the plant
If you are allergic to horseradish or the substances that make up its composition, then it is strictly forbidden to use it for the preparation of masks.
- Increased sensitivity of the skin
With hypersensitive skin, it is not recommended to apply preparations containing horseradish to it. The composition of the plant includes irritating substances, in particular mustard oil. Their effect on the epidermis can provoke a negative reaction in the form of redness and peeling.
- Close location of capillaries to the surface of the skin
Horseradish increases blood circulation, which will lead to severe redness of the face and irritation.
- Various unhealed injuries on the face
Open lesions can not be treated with horseradish masks, it will cause burning and severe irritation.
- Do not use horseradish root in its pure form if your skin is prone to increased dryness
It is recommended to mix it with other components that have a moisturizing effect.
What do you need to know before using masks?
- Before starting the procedure, the skin of the face should be cleaned of impurities and cosmetics;
- Any mask can not be kept longer than 20 minutes;
- The entire course of treatments consists of 10-15 procedures (2-3 times a week);
- If your skin is oily, wash off the mask with cool water; if your skin is dry or fading, use warm water. You can also use herbal decoctions.
Horseradish masks for various skin problems
A rejuvenating horseradish face mask
This mask with horseradish helps to restore the skin’s youth, elasticity, and smoothness. It is recommended to reduce the number of wrinkles on the face. The plant affects the deep layers of the skin, improving blood circulation. Blood flow brings a lot of nutrients and oxygen, which helps to return the lost oval of the face, and make it smoother. The skin acquires a healthy appearance and becomes soft and velvety.
To prepare, take two tablespoons of crushed horseradish and pour them with the same amount of sour milk. To the mixture add a couple of tablespoons of potato starch. If the composition turned out to be liquid, you can still pour starch.
Tip: It will be easier to remove skin from horseradish root if hold it in cold water for 5-6 hours, and then put it in the freezer for 2 hours. This will also help to eliminate any discomfort during cleaning and grinding since horseradish contains substances causing tearing.
A whitening horseradish face mask
These are many home remedies for age spots that are affordable and present safer alternatives to expensive medical treatments. Horseradish, by the way, is a traditional bleaching agent for the skin that has been used for centuries. It helps to get rid of pigmentation of various etymologies. These can be freckles on young skin or age spots.
Melanin, or pigment, is a complex polymer that gives the skin its color. When the body overproduces melanin, dark spots on the face and the body can appear. Horseradish contains vitamin C, which hinders melanin production. Moreover, the glucosinolates in horseradish act as circulation facilitators and waste-flushing antioxidants.
To prepare the whitening mask, grate the horseradish root on a fine grater (100 gr) and add to it table vinegar (500 ml). Keep the mixture in a cool and darkened place. After 2 weeks, strain the product and dilute the infusion with water in a ratio of 1:1.
To apply, wet the napkins with a resultant liquid and put it on your face. Do not hold for more than 10 minutes. If you have intense pigmentation, it is also beneficial to wipe the skin with such an infusion every day.
A toning horseradish face mask
If you have a date or party after an exhausting working day, then it’s time to allocate half an hour to prepare this mask with horseradish for the face.
Grate horseradish on a fine grater to get 6 tsp and mix the finished puree with the same amount of half-and-half. Add part of the egg into the mixture (if the skin is oily skin – white, and if dry – yolk). Mix everything until a homogeneous paste is formed.
Apply the mask to the cleansed and steamed skin of the neck and face for 20 minutes. Wash off the mask with cool water and wipe the skin with green tea ice.
You are ready to go!
Acne horseradish face mask
The horseradish effectively helps in the fight against acne. In addition, masks with this plant help to give the skin matte and smoothness and eliminate pigmentation and small scars after healed acne.
Take a small root of horseradish and a medium-sized carrot. Grind them on a fine grater or in a blender. Mix the vegetables and add 1 tbsp of honey, 2 tbsp of corn flour, and 2 tbsp of milk. Beat one egg into the mixture and a pinch of salt.
Before applying the mask, wash your face with warm water. Apply the mask to the acne skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off the mask with boiled water at room temperature.
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