Wish you had tighter pores and smooth, clear, glowing skin? Try adding a flaxseed face mask to your skin care routine for a flawless finish.
Flaxseeds are native to India and the eastern Mediterranean. Use of the plant dates back to ancient times when it was grown in Egypt and Ethiopia for use as food and medicine.
The fruit of the flax plant is a dry, round capsule that contains shiny, brown seeds. It has various uses, from makin fabric, dye and paper, to medicine, soap and even fishing nets.
Flaxseeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, lignans (a phytoestrogen that has been shown to aid in protecting against some cancers), and antioxidants. These components also have the ability to stabalize blood sugars.
But what about applying flaxseeds topically? What does flaxseed do for your skin? Can you apply flaxseeds on your face?
Below are answers to these and other common questions about applying flaxseed on your face.
Why use a flaxseed face mask
Flaxseeds are not only beneficial internally, but externally as well. So, what does flaxseed do for your skin? Consistent use of flaxseeds topically has proven that flaxseeds do clear skin–especially when applied as a mask. Here are a few other ways they benefit the skin:
What flaxseed does for your skin
Flaxseeds contain antioxidants which help protect your skin from environmental stressors. Also, the omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed contribute to radiant, glowing skin.
Can you apply flaxseed on your face?
We know how beneficial flaxseeds are when ingested. But is that the only way to get the benefits for your skin? Can you apply flaxseed on your face?
There are numerous ways you can benefit from flaxseed without eating it (though, it’s best to do both). Using soaked, ground flaxseeds with a clay makes a great pore-reducing, skin-tightening solution (see recipe below).
Does flaxseed clear skin?
Flaxseed is good for acne. The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseeds reduce inflammation in the skin, helping to fight acne. These benefits are noted even when applied topically. Used as a mask, flaxseeds tighten the skin, and unclog and minimize pores giving you a smooth, clear look. So, yes, flaxseeds can clear skin.
Is flaxseed good for wrinkles?
Flaxseeds are good for wrinkles. The fatty acids in flaxseeds hydrate and moisturize the skin, leaving it smooth and dewy. They also prevent drying and decrease the appearance of dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Is flaxseed good for acne?
Flaxseeds are good for acne and acne scars. Used topically, a flaxseed face mask reduces excess oil and helps prevent and get rid of acne.
Flaxseed Face Mask Recipe
- Combine ground flaxseeds and water in small bowl. Allow to sit for 15 minutes to thicken.
- Add in Fuller’s earth and honey. Mix until well-combined.
- Apply mask to face and neck avoiding eye area. Allow to sit on face for 15 to 20 minutes.
- To remove, moisten mask with water and massage mask into skin for two minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
I found it easier to remove the mask in the shower, so I apply the mask about 20 minutes before my shower and then rinse it off at the end.
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Where to Buy
Having a good flaxseed meal on hand can benefit more than just your face. Ground flaxseed can be used as an egg replacer in recipes, added to smoothies or oatmeal for added omega 3, or used in skin care products for clearer, tighter skin.
Fuller’s earth, or multani mitti, is a good clay to have on hand. It absorbs excess oil from skin, unclogs pores, and helps control acne. It can also fade blemishes and dark marks, leaving you with smooth, flawless skin. Fuller’s earth can be challenging to find in local stores. I’ve had the best luck purchasing it online.