Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Organic Skincare Part 2. Potato & Milk

Potato mask! 

I know we have different kind of masks. But this potato mask, you will get addicted. 
It takes a little time to do but once a week I'm sure you don't mind if the result gives you radiant, smooth, glowy skin look ;)

What you need:

  • A potato (big or small depend on your face size)

  • 1/2 cup of milk (just enough to liquidize the potato)

  • 1 cup of water for boiling

What you do:

  • Put the water into small pot. Let it boil

  • Peel off the potato skin. 

  • Then cut the potato into 3-4 slices. If you want it to be thinner that’s fine too because we’re going to cook it anyway.

  • As soon as you have the potato slices, put them all into the water pot and leave it boiling until you can feel that the potato has soften aka cooked.

- Pour out the water, that should leave you cooked potato. Then put the potato slices into a bow.

***You know how to make mash potato right? Yes, that's right, I'm making mash potato here.

  • After you have got the mash potato, pour the milk into the potato bow. Mix it up. Keep mixing until the potato and milk "melt into each other". The texture should be smooth and no clumpy.

  • Add 1 spoon of sugar (brown or white) that’s fine. Whatever you have. For exfoliating. 

*** I know you can eat it. But no. It’s for your face!

  • Mix them all together then put the bow into the fridge for 15-20 minutes. 

There, you have got your potato mask! Yay!

- Apply the potato mask onto you skin. Make sure it covers the whole face, but don’t block your nose! 

- Take a nap for 20 minutes. Or do whatever you like, but I suggest you lay down because you don’t want the potato to drop around your house. 

Trust me you don't want to walk around with this on your face. It's dropping! Also, it's not supposed to look like this. The potato should cover all of the face with full. 
  • Until you can feel that the potato has become “concrete” (dried) ^.^ on your face, you can take the potato off then wash your face with water. 

You should feel the renewal of your skin. 

If there's some left over, just put it back to the fridge for next use. Remember to cover the bow with plastic because you don't want the potato get too dry. When it's dry, put a little bit of hot water and mix it again, then put a little bit of milk into it then mix it up.

If you ever try, please let me know what you think!!!

--> With potato and milk mix together, you can use it for exfoliating once or twice a week, don’t do it too much unless you have sun damaged dark spot & want to lighten your face. But make sure you use sun block whenever you are out. 

One more trick is: with only milk, you can apply on your face, leave until the milk dry then wash it off with water. That should leave you a smooth, soft skin ;)

Good luck!

P.s: Bonus

I'm making korean potato side dish <3

For your curiosity, I have done a little bit of research for you:

"Food ranking system qualified potatoes as a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber.
Potatoes also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Among these important health-promoting compounds are carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which exhibit activity against free radicals."
Vitamin B6
Skin Conditions: One of the most significant benefits of Vitamin B6 is that it helps in maintaining good condition of human skin. It helps in treating a number of skin problems including eczema, dandruff,acnehair loss and dry skin. [Source:]
What's good about Vitamin C for the skin
"Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength [source: WebMD]"
"Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself [source: Milton S. Hershey Medical Center]."
"Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage -- free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage [source:University of Leicester]."

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