Although it seems like an unorthodox beauty treatment, a facial made of raw potatoes may help to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, firm sagging skin, and create a healthy, youthful glow. This inexpensive facial is rich in potassium, phosphorus, manganese and other minerals that nourish the skin. Additionally, the mild natural acid in potatoes works as a gentle exfoliant, sloughing off dead, dry skin cells and helping to fade minor blemishes.
Items you will need
- Potato peeler
- Fine cheese grater
- Small mixing bowl
- Apple cider vinegar
- Rose water
- Mild facial cleanser
Peel a large potato, and then grate the potato with a fine cheese grater. Any type of potato is suitable. Place the grated potato in a small mixing bowl.
Blend in apple cider vinegar and glycerin, and then add a small amount of rose water. As a general rule, for one potato, use 2 tablespoons of vinegar and glycerin and 1 tablespoon of rose water.
Wash your face with a mild cleanser, and then smooth the potato facial over your skin. Allow the mixture to remain on your face for about an hour, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Smooth on your favorite moisturizer to hydrate your skin.
Raw potatoes also can help relieve tired, puffy eyes. Moisten your eyelids with a damp cotton ball, and then close your eyes and place a thin slice of potato over each eyelid. Relax with the potatoes on your eyes for 10 minutes, and then rinse. If you have leftover mashed potatoes, mix about 1/2 cup of the potatoes with an egg yolk and a few drops of heavy cream. Smooth the mixture on your face, then leave it for five minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Avoid facials if your skin is sun- or windburned.