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Eleven Ideas For Edible Facial Masks

My grandmother used all-natural methods to help her skin stay healthy. I have come up with some of my own concoctions for you to experiment with!

man with soap on his face and a cucumber slice covering his eye

Photo: By Mick (flickr)

Make a paste of any over- ripe fruit or vegetable such as strawberry, watermelon, banana, cantaloupe, cucumber or squash and apply as a face mask.

Healthy Skin From The Fridge

Have you ever squished a piece of ripe banana and applied it all over your face? Or, have you ever taken a spoon of raw sugar and scrubbed your hands with it? What about a touch of butter on your lips, or sliced cucumber on your eyes?

These are all grandma’s recipes for a glowing complexion and healthy skin. I also read somewhere that Cleopatra even bathed in milk.

Why don’t we take a moment to revive those good old, natural, eco-friendly ways of using food stuff to maintain healthy skin? These treatments won’t cost you extra money because you are using only a tiny portion of your everyday groceries. You will reduce your trash, and the water you use to rinse your skin is free of chemicals. The best part: these are all edible!

Eat Your Face Mask

Here are some time tested ideas and a few of my own. Find out which methods your skin likes the best.

  1. Squish a small piece of ripe banana and mix it with a spoon of honey. Apply on face, let dry, rinse with cool water. Pat your face with a soft towel.
  2. Using a pestle and mortar, pound some mint and basil leaves. I have even used this on a skin rash that I developed on my hands for unknown reasons. Amazingly the rash disappeared after one application!
  3. Mix together a teaspoon of milk cream and whole wheat flour to a smooth paste.
  4. Make a paste of 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and flour.
  5. Grind a cup of raw, dry garbanzo beans into a fine powder. Store it in an airtight jar. Use a teaspoon full mixed in water or milk once a week as a facial scrubber. You can use it as an alternative to soap, too.
  6. Apply a pinch of clarified butter or ghee to heal dry, chapped lips. Go ahead and eat it!
  7. When you eat an orange, save the skin and let it dry completely. Grind into a coarse powder and use it as a face scrubber. Also, take a piece of fresh orange skin, squish it and rub the juice on your face. These smell heavenly as well!
  8. Wet your palms and take a teaspoon of unrefined sugar. Scrub all over your palms. Rinse with cool water.
  9. Make a paste of any over ripe fruit or vegetable such as strawberry, watermelon, banana, cantaloupe, cucumber or squash and apply as a face mask.
  10. Gently massage your face with a spoon of olive oil. Scrub with a teaspoon of flour. Rinse with cool water.
  11. Grind a cup of blanched almonds to a smooth paste. Mix in 1 tablespoon honey. Store it in an airtight jar.
Rama Cousik

Rama Cousik grew up in India, watching and helping her mom cook. The taste, the texture, and the way she feels when she eats seasonal vegetables and fruits are indescribable. Hence, no matter where she lives, the idea of seasonal food is an essential part of her food philosophy.

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