Harness The Power
We’ve been experimenting with mint a lot recently, and can’t wait until our mint plants start getting their Spring on. Obviously, a mojito ain’t a mojito without it, but did you know how good mint is for your skin? A-mazing, that’s how.
The goodness of menthol and strong antibacterial properties mean that mint is an excellent cleanser, astringent, toner AND moisturiser.
This is due to the presence of specialised plant compounds - antioxidants known as flavonoids, phenols and carotenoids. They are instrumental in bringing the inflammatory, anti-allergic and immune-stimulating goods.
Not surprisingly, mint has been a constant ingredient in skincare throughout history. We're talking thousands of years.
What does mint do for skin?
Heals & Calms
The strong anti-inflammatory properties in mint work well To help heal Broken skin, cuts and bites, and can even treat dry and itchy skin.
Boosts Blood Flow
Mint contains the antioxidant 'Rosmarinic acid' which improves blood circulation which nourishes the skin and carries away the waste that can damage cells.
Hydrates & Tones
Mint works well as a mild astringent agent that helps tone your skin naturally. It's also potent enough to clear off dead skin cells, remove dirt from pores and revamp your skin. When used with the right sister ingredients, such as an oil, it helps tighten pores, which locks in moisture to leave it soft and feeling hydrated.
Reduces Dark Circles
Yes please! Dark circles are caused by lack of sleep and poor blood circulation, which causes the skin to pale and let dark tissue show through. Refreshing, stimulating mint is high in vitamin C, which is effective in fading dark circles naturally. It's also rich in antioxidants, which help combat the damage caused by free radicals, and support your skin in its natural functions.
You can definitely use mint for acne. Salicylic acid and vitamin A in mint help control the secretion of sebum in the skin that can cause acne outbursts. Mint also has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that make sure inflammation and minor infection are kept at bay, both of which can cause redness and slow down healing.
Protects the Skin from Pollution
We're talking about guarding against the effect of pollution on the skin. Let's rewind a little. When we talk about pollutants in skincare, we're referring to airborne chemicals, such as Ozone or Nitrogen Dioxide, as well as industrial residues. Extensive studies have shown that exposure to these chemicals has a significant effect on the skin: lowering the pH and increasing lactic acid production; increasing sebum secretion but also, conversely, lowering of antioxidants that can cause dryness; depletion of vitamin E which causes oxidative stress and interferes with the skin's ability to heal itself; decreased levels of good cholesterol in the skin. So, to help your skin deal with the effects of pollution, you need an ingredient that is full of antioxidants, helps balance the skin, and helps with healing and moisturising - all features of mint. High fives for mint, especially if you live in a city.
How to Use Mint For Skin
If you want to harness some of the awesome power of mint for your skin, it's worth tracking down a product that's targeted to your specific skin concern, so that you can get the full benefit of the blend of ingredients. But, while you're researching, here are a few at-home recipes you can very easily try yourself:
Mint Toner for Balance and Acne Control
You Will Need
- 1 ½ cup water
- 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
- Cotton pad
- Boil the mint leaves in one and a half cups of water for about 20 minutes.
- Allow the water to cool and then filter out the mint leaves.
- Apply this solution to your face with a cotton pad after you wash your face.
- Moisturise with your normal moisturiser
- You can store the solution in your fridge for 6-7 days.
1-2 times a day.
Mint, Honey & Yoghurt Mask for Dry and Itchy Skin
You Will Need
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 1 tbsp honey
- 10-12 mint leaves
- Grind the mint leaves with a mortar and pestle and, to it, add the yogurt and honey.
- Stir the ingredients together until you get a smooth mixture.
- Apply this mixture onto your face as you would a face pack.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse your face with cool water and pat dry,
1-2 times a week.