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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 make differebt kinds of flax seed face masks. So in today’s post, we’re going to explore five different flaxseed face masks for every skin type and skin issue.
BONUS – I added before and after pictures after I used #2 face mask from this article (the Manuka honey + fuller’s earth (multani mitti) + flax seed face mask) for two weeks! You can see the results of the powerhouse flax seed gel yourself! 🙂 (also, the quality of the honey really matters)
Let’s also quickly talk about the skin benefits of these little guys. When 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 (so these flax seed facemasks are also perfect for skin brightening). It’s also well-known for its anti-aging properties because it delays the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
(get your pack of fresh, organic flax seeds for your face masks or even to snack on, at above link)
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 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 – aka Flaxseed Gel 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. This is flax seed gel, which is going to do wonders for your skin!
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 face – and at the same time it’ll leave you feeling moisturized. Simple is often the best!
This is also many people’s go to mask when they try using flax seeds to whiten and brighten up the face.
Multani mitti + Flax Seed + Honey face mask
To get you some bolder results, combine the ground flax powder + water combination (aka flax seed gel), with a tablespoon of multani mitti or Fuller’s Earth (I’ve listed the products below, for your convenience) 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.
For people from the US, check this out:
And if you’re from India, you can get this:
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 remedies, you have to keep at it and be consistent!
So, this flax face mask is for those times when you want glowing skin. And this is how you use flax seeds for brightening, de-tanning or whitening skin.
Flax, lemon, honey mask
Say goodbye to pimples with this nifty little anti acne flax facemask. 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.
This face mask uses flax seeds to lighten acne scars and brighten skin.
The BEST Manuka Honey I have EVER tasted on the Indian market over here:
This is an alternative if you’re in the US:
Flax + rose water + cinnamon + yoghurt mask
This mask is perfect for anti-aging that takes care of dull, flat skin prone to wrinkles, acne/acne scars and dark spots.
Cinnamon (buy organic from Amazon India | buy organic, fair trade AND Kosher 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.
Rose water is a natural toner, soothes skin and an ingredient in natural anti-aging serums. Try this 100% pure and organic rose water here:
Yogurt 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 yogurt. Let it be till it acquires a gel-like consistency (flax seed gel just got an upgrade!).
When you’re ready to put it on your face, add just a pinch of cinnamon into the mix. (remember, patch test first, and only what is tolerable!)
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. The skin benefits of flax seeds are boosted big time by the rose water and cinnamon in this mask.
Flax + Turmeric + Yoghurt Mask
It’s a wonderful mask if you’d like to use flax seeds for dry skin, acne and dullness. In the mood for that healthy-looking glow? Turmeric (buy here) with yogurt imparts a golden, youthful and healthy glow to the skin and while yogurt 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!
Use this flax seed face mask if you want a face mask that can disappear acne scars and marks and whiten skin.
And now, for the BONUS as promised above, here are my before and after photos after using the flax seed gel face mask (#2 in the article). I used this for two weeks (but only thrice a week) and you can certainly see some difference in lightening my acne scars from before, right?
The difference of the before and after isn’t too stark yet because this is only based on two weeks of using the flax seed face mask (with the Manuka honey (remember, quality matters!) and multani mitti/Fuller’s earth) – but you can clearly see that the acne scars on my cheek have far reduced! Also the one right next to my nose was the most recent one and even that has subdued a bit).
You can still see some pigmentation along my lip and nose (for which I’m planning to use the yogurt, turmeric and flax seed face mask). What do you think?
Which mask is your favourite? Were you surprised by how many benefits there are to our skin from flax seeds (powder as well as gel)? Let me know in the comments!