Raw Potato for Wrinkles

by M.H. Dyer

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
  • Glycerin
  • Rose water
  • Mild facial cleanser
  • Moisturizer
Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Smooth on your favorite moisturizer to hydrate your skin.

Tips

  • 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.

Warnings

  • Avoid facials if your skin is sun- or windburned.

Photo Credits

  • BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.