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Pandan leaves, also known as the ‘Vanilla of the East’ are popularly used in southeast Asian cuisine, because of their pleasant aroma and taste. In India, they have a different name — annapoorna leaves. And if you’re a fan of TV show host and author Nigella Lawson (just as we), then you might have heard her calling these leaves ‘the new matcha’. Now we already know they are big in the world of cuisine, but guess what these leaves can do wonders to your skin?
Surprised? Let’s tell you all about it:
We have all accidentally burnt ourselves, while engaging in culinary adventures in the kitchen. It is almost instinctive to reach out for a toothpaste, but the next you suffer from a burn, try and use pandan leaves. That’s because it contains tannin, which can help to heal burns in no time. It can restore your skin, without leaving any marks.
Pandan leaves are also full of flavonoids, the substance that can fight free radicals. That’s why it also helps to prevent cancer. How should you use it, you may wonder? Well, just prepare a cup of tea using pandan leaves, and sip on it regularly, so that you can keep those carcinogens away.
If your skin is prone to breakouts, and you end getting zits every now and then, it’s time to make pandan leaves a big part of your life. These leaves contain antioxidants that can be used to treat acne in no time. All you need to do is create a mask for the skin. Just mix pandan leaves with lemon, honey or tomatoes, and apply it on your face. Keep it on for 10-15 minutes, and wash it off with water. Your skin will thank you!
Acne is not the only problem that your skin has to deal with. If you have enlarged pores, then you know how much of an issue that is, and trust us, it gives many women sleepless nights. You can try to make a face mask with pandan leaves and egg yolk. Apply it on your face, and rinse it off after a while. You will see a visible reduction in the size of your pores.
Pandan leaves are also effective to fight the effects of premature aging. It can help to remove dead skin cells from your face, leaving with bright and youthful skin. Use crushed pandan leaves and add a few drops of olive oil. Apply this on your face to see a marked difference!
So ladies, do not shy away from using these magical leaves. Your skin will thank you and how!