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Good old brinjal or baingan is not the vegetable that everyone likes. However, those who like it, often end up using it for baingan ka bharta! No matter if brinjal is your favourite veggie or not, you can’t be ignorant of the benefits it offers. But did you know that it can be great for your skin too? Well, this nutritious, versatile, and delicious vegetable can indeed be turned into homemade baingan face masks which can do wonders for your ageing skin.
Brinjal, also known as eggplant, is a very rich source of vitamin C and hence it protects your skin and body from oxidative damage. It can even help fade facial freckles and blemishes by slowing down the signs of ageing, including fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. In turn, it will give you a tremendous glow.
HealthShots to Dr Monica Kapoor, a Celebrity Cosmetologist and Director at FLAWLESS Cosmetic Clinics & ILACAD Institute, to suggest some best brinjal face masks which can prevent premature ageing and slow down the process.
Here’s why brinjal can be a great addition to your skincare routine:
* Brinjal is a good source of potassium, fibre, carbohydrates, vitamin B and C, and magnesium. It also contains small amounts of iron and calcium, which altogether can help to enhance the skin.
* Brinjal contains antioxidants, and anthocyanins which are important for slowing down ageing. If you are struggling with pimples and blemishes on the skin then you should start eating brinjal.
* Due to its fiber content, clubbed with the vitamins, brinjal clears the system from impurities.
* Brinjal can detox the body and ensures clear skin and enhances the glow on the skin.
Dr Kapoor said, “Brinjal has a high water content therefore the regular consumption and applications of brinjal can keep the skin hydrated and moisturised, thereby improving the glow on the skin. Owing to its high water content, it can keep the skin free of toxins and impurities and hence keeps it soft, smooth and radiant.”
She added that brinjal has a very important ingredient called Chlorogenic acid, which reduces the risk of skin cancer. Also, the presence of antioxidants in brinjal helps the body to get rid of free radicals which tend to cause oxidative damage to the skin. This helps the body to keep various skin diseases and ailments at bay.
Using brinjal toner is a great way to keep ageing signs at bay. Juice an entire brinjal and add a few drops of witch hazel to it. Mix and transfer the content to a clean bottle and then put it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. Use it every morning before doing the regular makeup.
Take a cup of minced brinjal and put it in a glass jar. Pour one and half cups of apple cider vinegar into it and then close the lid. Put the jar in the refrigerator for 3-4 days until the apple cider vinegar changes its colour and turns dark. Take it out and apply the solution to the affected area with a cotton ball. Repeat several times daily.
Cut one slice from brinjal and shred it. Add the shredded brinjal to two tablespoons of aloe vera juice and a tablespoon of organic honey. Mix and then prepare a paste. Spread a layer on your face and wait till it gets absorbed. Now apply the rest of the face mask and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Wipe it off with a damp cotton cloth and finally wash the face with lukewarm water. Repeat twice a week.
Cut a quarter of large brinjal. Chop it into small cubes and then put them in the blender. Blend and add two tbsp fresh, plain yogurt. Blend again to get a smooth paste. Apply it to the face and wait for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.