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Homemade Moringa & Cucumber Face Pack

Move over, matcha—there’s a new(ish) green powder in town. Moringa powder has become a popular addition to drinks and foods, thanks to its rich nutrient profile. It has also found its way into the skin care world, where both the powder and oil are revered for their skin-friendly properties. Even the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks used moringa for skin1 issues and maintenance. Moringa often known as drumstick, has a long history of being considered a super food. Indians are very well away of this drumstick´s  potent advantages and flavor improving qualities.

 

Below, you’ll find five ways moringa can benefit your complexion, along with a face mask recipe:

 

What is moringa?

Moringa goes by many names. You might have heard it called a drumstick tree, horseradish tree or even a ben oil tree. Its full name is moringa oleifera, but you’ll most commonly hear it referred to as ‘moringa’.

Moringa is a plant that’s native to North India. Most of the plant is edible, although it’s the leaves that are usually considered most nutritious. We typically see moringa in powdered form or added to supplements. You can also buy moringa tea and dried (or fresh) moringa leaves at some health shops. Moringa oil is another alternative.

 

Benefits of moringa

Moringa has many nutrients healthy for your skin including vitamin A, which builds collagen – the vital component that your skin is made of. It has vitamin C that helps to fight the signs of aging. Furthermore, moringa has vitamin E that has anti-inflammatory properties.  

Let us learn more about the useful benefits of including Moringa into your skincare routine –

 

 

1. Helps to reduce the signs of aging

Moringa powder and oil support slowing down the signs of aging. First and foremost, it rejuvenates your skin if it is dull and dry. As it is packed with antioxidants, it prevents free radical damage. This is extremely important as free radical damage harms your skin tissues, which leads to the formation of wrinkles.

 

Moringa has vitamin C that helps to repair damaged skin cells. Furthermore, it has a chemical called cytokinins that boost cellular growth on your skin and prevent cell destruction. So, by using moringa, you can say goodbye to sagging skin!

 

The antioxidants in moringa also help in protecting your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. 

 

2. Treats acne and dark spots

Due to its antibacterial properties, moringa is helpful in preventing acne breakouts on your skin. It also helps in removing blemishes, dark spots, pimples and blackheads. To achieve clear skin, you can apply a paste of moringa leaves on the spots of your face

 

While moringa for skin is fantastic, it also produces great results when consumed. Consuming moringa powder or moringa seeds will help in purifying your blood and removing toxins from the body. As the accumulation of toxins can result in acne and pimples, it keeps your skin clear.

 

Furthermore, moringa helps to reduce the large open pores that you may have on your skin. As it boosts collagen production, your skin is tightened and pores are reduced.

 

Also Read: Top Home Remedies To Keep Dark Circles Away!

 

3. Takes care of your lips

As mentioned earlier, moringa is known to have moisturizing properties that are very good for your skin. This is why the plant is a key ingredient in lips balms and lip creams. Moringa helps to keep your lips soft and smooth. 

 

The antiseptic properties of moringa are beneficial for your skin. It can be used in case of skin cuts, wounds, abrasions, burn marks, bruises, skin infections, rashes, sunburn marks and insect bites.

 

4. Evens out complexion

As a moisturiser and spot remover, moringa oil can also help to improve your overall complexion. Dark spots, acne and other skin issues can leave unsightly marks and scars on your face. Moringa can help to smoothen these features and leave you with a glowing, even look. The same effect may also be possible with a mixture made from mashed moringa leaves.

 

5. Hydrates dry skin

If your skin is on the drier side, you can benefit from moringa. It contains vitamin B, a natural humectant. This means it attracts eater to the skin´s outermost layer. Moringa oil seeps into the skin tissues to restore moisture. 

 

6. Relieves inflammation

Moringa oil contains several bioactive compounds which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both when ingested and used topically. This may take moringa oil beneficial for acne tocopherols, catechins, quercetin, ferulic acid, and zeatin.

 

7. Restores skin’s natural oils

The oleic and behenic fatty acids help to draw moisture into the skin, hydrating skin and leaving it smooth and supple. The antioxidants in moringa can help protect the skin from damage-causing free radicals, which are known to lead to premature ageing and other skin problems.

 

8. Fights bacteria 

Moringa leaves contain alkaloids, flavonoids and saponins that can inhibit Escherichia coli bacteria. Moringa leaf extract also has antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus.

 

9. Hydrates dry skin

If your skin is on the drier side, you can benefit from moringa. It contains vitamin B, a natural humectant. This means it attracts eater to the skin´s outermost layer. Moringa oil seeps into the skin tissues to restore moisture. 

 

10. Boosts healing

Moringa leaf contains iron and demonstrates anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and emollient properties. This may help to treat minor injuries such as bruises, cuts, insect bites, rashes, sunburns and hastens the healing of injuries. These properties also make the ingredient super moisturizing and nourishing when added to homemade skincar care remedies. 

 

 

Cucumber

 

Homemade moringa and cucumber face mask
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Have you ever wondered why spas make it a point to put cool cucumber slices on your eyes during an indulgent facial? It’s because the cucumber is chock full of amazing benefits for the skin.

 

1. Moisture and antioxidant properties

This simple ingredient is like a refreshing glass of Water for your skin. it is not just a salad staple, but given the right components mixed in, it can dramatically improve your skin´s appearance and overall health.

 

Made up of mostly water, cucumber is nutrient-rich not just for the body but also for your skin. Cucumber´s revitalizing and healing components are highly efficient in fading dark circles.

 

Its high water content and vitamin C content endow it with an excellent ability to protect your skin cells from oxidative stress and related early aging. It is able to raise the hydration levels to your skin and help the skin cells retain more moisture. This definitely helps your skin look plump and youthful.

 

2. Soothes irritation

The cooling and anti-inflammatory effect of cucumbers may help ease pain, redness, and irritation caused by sunburns, insect bites, and rashes.

 

3. Supports elastin and collagen

Did you know that as we age, our skin´s  ability to produce elastin and collagen reduces significantly?

However, with adequate nourishment and support, this does not have to be the case. It is the free radical damage that promotes the rapid degradation of elastin and collagen. This could be due to the harsh chemicals in your skin care products, inadequate diet, and stress. 

 

Cucumbers are rich in antioxidants like flavonoids, and b-carotene that fight the harmful effects of the sun, diet, harsh chemicals, and age-related antioxidant damage that can lead to lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Cucumbers are also a source of silica that is needed for the production of collagen.

 

4. Full of skin-friendly vitamins

While vitamins K and A in cucumbers can help fade under eye dark circles and dark spots, it is a pantothenic acid that might help your skin cells hold on to more hydration resulting in that youthful and dewy look that is so pleasing to the eye.

 

In my opinion, it is not any one component in cucumbers that helps keep your skin vital and ageless, but it is the mix of potent antioxidants, water, and vitamins that give it the cool anti-aging power.

 

5. Fights wrinkles and reduces inflammation

Cucumbers are very known for their cooling properties. This helps bring down inflammation caused due to many negative lifestyle habits.

 

Inflammation has been linked to many diseases and is thought to put a lot of stress on your body as a whole. Too much wear and tear due to high levels inflammation in the body can cause early aging by rapid degradation of your skin’s framework proteins. Using cooling ingredients like cucumber can be very helpful, therefore, to keep your skin firm and youthful.

 

Also Read: Homemade Cucumber And Carrot Skin Cream For Anti-Aging

 

 

Try It At Home As A Face Mask

 

Homemade moringa and cucumber face mask
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Moringa powder is easy to use in a homemade mask. You can find the bright green powder at health stores and vitamin shops. Just be sure to check the expiration date, and always purchase high-quality powder.

 

Here is how to make a homemade Moringa-cucumber face mask:-

 

 

Ingredients


 

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon of moringa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons of rice flour
  • A few drops of organic argan oil 

 

 

 

Method


 

Step 1: Rinsing cucumber with baking soda and water

 

Homemade moringa and cucumber face mask
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Even vegetables and fruits you peel should be washed before prepping or eating to ensure that chemical residue and dirt are removed. However, you should only wash your produce just before you plan to use it. The moisture from washing, when left on the veggies, can harbor bacteria and cause your products to go bad faster.

 

Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water or wear gloves. Your hands could have germs and dirt on them, so it’s best to begin by cleaning yourself.

 

If you’re using your kitchen sink to soak your produce, wash and sanitize it first.

 

Fill the bowl with cold water, leaving room to add the produce without the water spilling over the edge (if it does though that’s fine, simply get a cloth and clean it).

 

Submerge the produce  in the baking soda water.

 

You can use a soft-bristle vegetable brush to scrub the surface. lightly rub them with your fingers. The scrubbing helps to remove the loosened dirt and softened wax and chemicals.

 

Remove the produce from the water and let it dry thoroughly before cutting. You can also try layering paper towels to soak up moisture.

 

 

Step 2: Cut cucumber and grate it

 

Homemade moringa and cucumber face mask
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We will be using half a cucumber so go ahead and cut your cucumber into two pieces. Grab a grater and grate it. English-style cucumbers have thinner skins and negligible seed cavities, so you can grate them whole if you wish. Peeling or not peeling the skin is an aesthetic decision rather than a culinary one. If the green peel makes a pleasant contrast in your dish, feel free to leave it on. The cucumber is easier to hold and grate with the skin on. Again, use the coarse section of your grater for most purposes. The fine section of your grater is more likely to juice the cucumber than produce usable shreds. 

When you’re done grating cucumber, put the grated cucumber in a bowl.

 

 

Step 3: Adding moringa powder 

 
Homemade moringa and cucumber face mask
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In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of moringa powder and grated cucumber. Moringa – an excellent source of antioxidants, which help reverse the damage caused by free radicals. It also contains high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, all of which help promote healthy skin. Cucumber – contains natural cooling and hydrating properties due to its high water content. 

 

Another benefit of moringa for skin is that it adds a healthy glow to it. All the properties of moringa work together to instantly purify the skin. It perks up dull, fatigued skin, and balances out your sebum levels too. This leaves your skin with a natural glow.

 

 

Step 4: Straining

 

Homemade Moringa and cucumber face mask
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Use cheesecloth to strain the mixture. We all know cheesecloth—that gauzy fabric you see in kitchen shops and even at the fabric store. But for as many times as we pass it, we often wonder what this fabric is good for. As the name suggests, it’s great for making cheese, but this unusual kitchen staple has other practical uses, too! Using cheesecloth to strain your stock keeps out some of the cloudiness and any sediment that’s settled to the bottom. Your stock is about to be so fresh and so clean. 

 

Before you use it, be sure to rinse it to remove any lint. Then layer it over your normal strainer and filter your ingredients through. Cheesecloth is a must for making homemade skincare remedies-but it’s great for filtering coffee, removing curds from yogurt and removing seeds from jams and jellies, too.

 

 

Step 5: Adding aloe vera gel 

 

Homemade moringa and cucumber face mask
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I use aloe vera gel in my homemade skincare products because it works really great for my skin. You can use shea butter, baby gel if you don’t want to use aloe vera gel.

 

Get a clean bowl and add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel .

 

Pour 1 tablespoon of moringa and cucumber juice into the bowl.

 

Mix using a spoon or use a whisk to combine all ingredients to make the cream.

 

Cucumber also has antioxidant components that help reduce wrinkles. It also contains Folic Acid and Vitamin C. While Folic Acid helps the skin fight environmental toxins, Vitamin C facilitates newer cell growth. These components help your skin to appear healthier, youthful, and firmer.

 

 

Step 6: Adding rice flour

 

Homemade moringa and cucumber face mask
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Add 2 tablespoons of rice flour. Many studies have shown that rice flour has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substances that help prevent skin aging, reduce the harmful effects of UV rays, promote skin lightening. Some skin care and hair care products also use rice starch to absorb excess oil.

 

Rice flour, a potent skin clearing agent, has been hailed by many Korean and Japanese skincare regimes for its acne-reducing qualities. It also regulates oil production which helps keep the pores fresh and unclogged. Cucumber and aloe vera add a refreshing touch to your skin with their skin-soothing properties.

 

 

Step 7: Adding organic argan oil

 

Homemade moringa and cucumber face mask
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Add a few drops of organic argan oil and mix well. Argan oil has anti-sebum effects, which can effectively regulate amounts of sebum on the skin. This can help to treat several different types of acne and promote a smoother, calmer complexion. Apply argan oil — or face creams containing argan oil — directly to your skin at least twice a day. 

 

Argan oil is perhaps most commonly used as a moisturizer. This is why it’s often found in lotions, soaps, and hair conditioners. It can be applied topically or ingested orally with daily supplements for a moisturizing effect. This is largely thanks to its abundance of vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble antioxidant that can help improve water retention in the skin.

 

 

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Final Step: Transferring the mask to a container

 

Homemade moringa and cucumber face mask
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Now, your homemade Moringa-cucumber face mask is ready. Store it in a glass container and you are ready to go. This mask will last for about 14 days but if you want to use it longer than that then you will need to add a preservative that will keep it safe. 

 

 

How To Use


 

 

 

Wash your skin with a gentle washer. Now simply apply the homemade face mask to your face, avoiding the delicate eye area, and leave it for up to 15 minutes, before washing off. 

Moringa and cucumber face mask

After your homemade face mask has worked its magic, simply remove it gently using warm water. DIY face masks should come off easy, however it might be worth using a strainer to prevent the mask from blocking your drains. Always follow up with toner and moisturiser for a complexion that looks healthy and glowing. 

 

 

This simple DIY face mask is very versatile for a range of skin types, and is sure to help leave skin feeling clean, soft and smooth and guess what!:- IT IS VERY EASY TO MAKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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