Top Beauty Benefits of Potatoes
Potatoes are a special part of our diet. In many parts of the world they are used as the staple food. We do think of carbs or carbohydrates whenever we think of potatoes.
As some of us shun carbohydrates in all their forms, be in diet or a snack like a bag of potato chips, the common source of nutrition loses its allure in our lives. But do you know that potatoes have a lot of other qualities that make it a very nice addition to our skin care routine?
Potatoes contain vitamins like B6 and C. It also contains minerals like Potassium. It is high in starch content that in itself is very helpful for certain skin conditions.
Also, the fact remains that potato is not really a vegetable or a fruit, it is an underground plant part that like many others are used by the plant to store its extra food and hence used by us as a main source of energy.
If you favour natural skin care, you can give the humble potato a try and see the wonders it cooks up for your skin.
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Here are some of the top beauty benefits of potatoes.
Reduces dark spots
Its true most of us do not think of the potato when it comes to our skin problems, but potatoes with its mineral and vitamin content actually help reduce dark spots. You can make a mixture of potato juice and add a few drops of lemon and apply to your skin. You can also add some multani mitti or fullers earth to make a face pack and apply to the affected areas on your face. Be sure to do a patch test first if this a new thing you are using. Even though it’s made of natural ingredients, our skin can still react to it.
Reduces dark circles
Potato, like cucumber, has minerals that can help in reducing dark circles. You can add a few drops of olive oil to the potato juice you have extracted, soak up in cotton pads and dab around the affected area under your eyes.
Eases sun burnt skin
Potato has wonderful soothing and cooling properties that can act as a great ingredient to treat sun burns. So if you have been exposed to the sun for long period of time, you could try dabbing some potato juice on your skin and see the aid in soothing the inflammations and cooling the skin down.
Removes dead cells
Potato juice when integrated in your usual face pack can help remove dead cells leaving your skin looking radiant and fresh. Rather than using harsh facial scrubs to scrub away those dead cells that have settled under layers of dust and pollution on your skin, over prolonged periods of time giving the skin an appearance of dullness.
Keeps wrinkles away
Potatoes are high in anti oxidants that help scavenge the harmful free radicals in the body that increase the aging process and cause wrinkles. A proper face pack along with a nice moisturiser can actually help reducing the signs of aging on the skin.
Hydrates the skin
Potatoes are a great hydrating agent for the skin. It helps in reducing dryness and moisturises the skin. You can make a face pack with potato, lemon juice, honey or milk and multani mitti and see the difference in your skin. Not only does it effectively remove the dead skin cells like a peeling effect some cosmetic cures have, it leaves the skin hydrated, and full of life. Do be sure to do a patch test of the ingredients mix you are using for your face pack.
Are you aware of other beauty benefits of potatoes? Do tell us in the comments.