Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought, “Wow, I could use a new skincare routine!”
If you feel attacked by that comment, I’m sorry. But know that you’re not alone—many of us feel this way on a regular basis. As it turns out, the reason you aren’t satisfied with your skin may have to do with the fact that your skin pores are clogged.
“Clogged pores result when dead skin cells become trapped in your skin instead of being shed into the environment. Pores are tiny openings in the skin that secrete sweat and oil,” Dr. Annie Gonzalez, MD, FAAD, and board-certified Miami dermatologist at Riverchase Dermatology, says. “When pores are clogged, it can lead to blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne.“
Regular cleansing is essential to do daily, according to Gonzalez. With the help of the right cleansers and other products with alpha hydroxy or salicylic acid, you may also be able to employ a commonly used herb for a more natural skin remedy.
The secret? Mint leaves. This aromatic herb is high in antioxidants, as well as key vitamins and minerals. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)
“It has numerous health benefits, but its cooling properties can also benefit the skin. We know that bacteria, excess oil, and dead skin cells are part of what causes breakouts,” Gonzalez says. “Mint leaves have antibacterial properties, and they also contain salicylic acid, both of which can be used for preventing as well as treating the breakouts.”
Mint also provides a good source of vitamin A, which Gonzalez says can help control excess oil produced by the skin.
How can I use mint leaves as a natural skin remedy?
Gonzalez recommends making a DIY face mask using crushed mint leaves, honey, and rose water. Apply the mixture to your face, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, rinse off the mask using cool water. (Use this mask twice a week to see results.)
An alternative natural remedy would be turmeric. Gonzalez says this anti-inflammatory spice provides so many great properties for the skin, including antiseptic, antioxidant, and astringent.
“It may even be effective at helping to fade acne scars,” Gonzalez adds. “When applying it to the face, be sure to dilute it with other ingredients like oil so you don’t stain your skin.”
For more, be sure to check out What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Turmeric.
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