Did you know that the humble potato served as a side dish to your happiest meals is also a low-key blessing to mankind? From being the first vegetable to be grown in space to nourishing you with nutrients like vitamin C, B6, phosphorous and more, this spud has proven it's worth a thousand times. And if this wasn't enough, potatoes even have the potential to fix your skin problems like acne, dry skin, damaged hair, sunburn, etc. without much effort.
In times like this, if switching to a more natural solution for all your beauty problems is considered a smart move, be one step ahead of the herd and make potato your go-to skin-care product today. Here are 10 ways you can start with.
1. Removes Wrinkle
Potatoes are a godsent staple that is stacked with Vitamin-C which is a great anti-ageing agent. When mushed with skin tightening properties, this simple kitchen ingredient is as good or even better than professional beauty products. All you need to do is, squeeze the potato for its juice and apply it on the visible creases using a cotton swab. Keep it for 20 mins or so and wash it off thoroughly. Religiously stick to the routine for visible results.
2. Oily Skin? No More!
Summer season is the biggest enemy of oily skins and spending an exorbitant amount on fancy beauty products just for that is unwise. In a situation such as this, crafting your own face mask using potato can turn out to be an experience you'll pass on to generations. To see the action, peel and grate a potato in a bowl and add a teaspoon of rose water and lemon juice each in it. Mix well and apply it on your face for 15 minutes. The resulting fresh and radiant skin is the combined work of potato with its skin brightening enzyme; catecholase and lemon juice with its anti-bacterial acidic properties that helps in opening the skin pores.
Side tip: If the problem is dry skin, just add honey instead of lemon juice and you are good to go. Even glycerin is another subtle really good for dry skin.
3. A Hair Mask
If the city pollution and your constant ignorance towards hair nourishment have finally left your hair weak and dull, a potato hair mask is enough to do the trick. In a bowl add 3 tablespoon potato juice, 1 tablespoon honey and around 2 tablespoon aloe vera gel and mix well. Message your scalp with the mixture and spread it to the ends using a hair comb. While honey smoothes the hair follicle and aloe vera gel repair dead skin cells and conditions the hair, potato rich in niacin promotes hair growth and absorbs sweat. It will take about an hour for this magic potion to work on your hair. Your devotion to the routine will speak volumes, so repeat the steps at least twice a week.
4. Acne Remover
Acnes acting up again? Now you can easily get rid of this skin troll using a simple potato. Just squeeze enough juice out of the potato and apply it on the problem using a Q-tip. Wait for at least 20 minutes and wash it off thoroughly. The enzymes in the potato will help open your skin pores leaving behind a clear skin ready to take on the world.
5. Face Mask Feat. Cucumber
When healing capabilities of a potato meets hydrating talents of cucumber one thing is certain; a profoundly clear skin with no regrets. This face mask is as natural as your smile and fairly easy to make. Gather a potato and a cucumber and dice them into medium pieces. Blend the veggies to form a fine paste and add 1 teaspoon of water along with 1 teaspoon baking soda and mix well. Apply the resultant for 15 to 20 minutes whenever you need a deep facial cleansing. The effectiveness of the cucumber potato face masks lies in its ingredients. On one hand, vitamin C and caffeic acid in cucumber are reducing inflammation and irritation on the skin while on the other hand baking soda is working to remove the acidic barrier of the skin for deep cleaning. I highly recommend this one.
6. Another Face Mask Feat. Egg Whites
While the cucumber face mask used potato wedges, this one on the contrast will make use of potato juice to get you a bright skin. To make it happen, first, take the egg white from an egg and squeeze the juice of half a potato in a container or bowl. Now, this egg white will not only clarify the pores but also avoid build-up that we all hate. Mix them well and apply it on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly for clearer skin.
7. Quick Fix For Itches, Rashes & Bites
Instead of using mass-produced products rub a wedged slice of potato on the affected area and see the result yourself. Thank me later!
8. Exfoliation Magic
To get this baby working, Slice, cut and grate the potato and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in it. Mix them well and apply on face. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash it off thoroughly. The presence of lemon juice in this mixture will provide astringent (high pH level) properties that will not only exfoliate your skin but also reduce pigmentation. I love how these simple kitchen ingredients can work wonders.
9. Bye! Bye! Dark Circles
Since potato reeks of skin tightening attributes, a sliced potato wedge wrapped in a cool washcloth resting on your eyes will get the work done in 20 minutes, provided you do it regularly. This is trick also excels in fixing the tired eyes you got from staring at the computer screen for indefinite hours.
Sensitive skin, meet your new best friend, a cool potato. Every time you have a sunburn take a cold potato slice and rub the affected area nicely. This hack happens to be the quickest way to instant relief.
Bonus Tip: A cold potato wedge is a legitimate replacement of cucumber used to depuff the swollen eyes.