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While flax seeds and flax seed oil can be used in many ways, one of the best ways to use this nutritional powerhouse is to use it in different kinds of face masks.
Used on the face, the gooey texture of flax gel promotes tightening up of pores and moisturizing the face. The beauty benefits of flax doesn’t just stop at firming and toning the skin, but it also helps moisturize and gently exfoliate the skin. It’s also well-known for its anti-aging properties because it delays the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
When you buy flax seeds, it’s a good idea to make sure they are organic and cold-milled. I’m including Amazon links for the type of flax seed product I’m talking about so that you can directly buy them from there or have a look at what kind of product is good so that you can buy it locally. Here (Amazon India | Amazon US) is an example of a great product.
Read on for some very simple and effective flax seed face mask recipes. I’ll be sure to include some product links to some of the other ingredients as well so that you can buy those or get similar ones.
Simple Flax + Water Face Mask
Grind about a tablespoon of flax seeds and combine it with about 3 tbsp of purified, distilled water. Leave this mixture for about 15-20 minutes and notice the mixture beginning to thicken. Use your fingers to put this mixture on your face and neck and let it dry. Once dry, use a soft washcloth dipped in warm water to gently remove the mask.
This mask exfoliates, tones and brightens up the skin – and at the same time it’ll leave you feeling moisturized. Simple is often the best!
Multani mitti + Flax Seed + Honey face mask
To get you some bolder results, combine the ground flax powder + water combination with a tablespoon of multani mitti or Fuller’s Earth (buy from Amazon US here | Amazon India here) and a tablespoon of honey (buy raw, manuka honey from Amazon India here | from Amazon US). Leave on the face till dry and wash it off.
Fuller’s Earth is a clay that draws out the impurities in the skin and leaves skin feeling fresh and exfoliated. Both fullers earth and flax seed have anti-aging properties as well. Added to this, honey is a humectant. This means your face will feel supple and moisturized (this is added to balance the fuller’s earth which tends to dry out the skin).
Honey and flax also lighten acne scars. But remember, to even out complexion with natural rememdies, you have to keep at it and be consistent!
Flax, lemon, honey mask
This mask is a boon for acne-prone skin or for those of us with scarring or marks on our skin. Both lemon and honey are lightening agents and microbicidal (which means they act against acne-causing microbes). Lemon water is drying, while honey is moisturizing (so these two go great in balancing each other out). Flax gel provides a great base for these two to work because it tightens, tones and exfoliates the skin.
For this mask, add only 2 tbsp water to 1 tbsp ground flax seeds. Then add a teaspoon of lemon water and 1 tbsp of honey. Wait till the mixture acquires a gel-like consistency before applying on the face as before.
For those of us who have oily skin, you can change up the lemon water-honey ratio by adding a bit more lemon water and a bit less honey. For dry-skinned people, vice-versa.
Flax + rose water + cinnamon + yoghurt mask
This mask is a perfect anti-aging mask that takes care of dull, flat skin prone to wrinkles, acne/acne scars and dark spots.
Cinnamon (buy organic from Amazon India | buy organic, salt free cinnamon powder from Amazon US) plumps up the skin and dries out pimples. It helps bring oxygen and blood to the surface, leaving your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Keep in mind though, cinnamon on the face stings for a lot of people – so it’s a good idea to only leave this mask on your face till it’s tolerable for you, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
Yoghurt balances out the effect of the cinnamon and prevents the skin from getting inflamed or drying out.
To 1 tbsp of ground flax seed, add 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp rose water and 1 tbsp yoghurt. Let it be till it acquires a gel-like consistency. When you’re ready to put it on your face, add just a teaspoon of cinnamon into the mix.
Let sit on the face till it dries out OR till the cinnamon begins to tingle (whichever happens sooner!).
Wash off and pat dry to reveal glowing, smooth and rejuvenated skin.
Flax + Turmeric + Yoghurt Mask
It’s a wonderful mask if you’re prone to dry skin, acne and dullness. Turmeric (fully organic from Amazon India | preservative-free, from Amazon US) with yoghurt imparts a golden, youthful and healthy glow to the skin and while yoghurt is moisturising, turmeric is an anti-microbial and fades scars and spots too.
To 1 tbsp ground flax seed, add 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp turmeric and 1 tbsp yoghurt. Apply on face after the mixture has taken on a gel-like consistency. Don’t leave it on for more than about 5 minutes (otherwise you might start looking like a Simpson).
Be warned that turmeric stains everything! Make sure to be as careful as possible while applying this mask, and be prepared to do some post-mask cleaning up. Oh yeah, and wear an old T-shirt which you wouldn’t mind staining!