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Mung bean is also known as green bean, green gram or mung dal. It is a lentil that is popular in Asian cooking to make soup, noodles, or curry. In Chinese medicine, mung beans are described as nutritious food and medicine for the body. It is also a great detox food that helps clear heat and toxins from the body, thereby helping treat acne and promoting clear skin from within.
Many store-bought face masks nowadays, especially Chinese/Japanese ones, contain mung bean powder as a deep cleansing and exfoliating product. In India, mung bean which is popularly known as green gram or mung dal has been used since ancient times for skin and hair cleansing by first grinding it into a fine powder.
Just like gram flour, mung bean powder is used as a natural and effective non-foaming soap that can safely be used for people with sensitive skin and inflammatory skin conditions like eczema. Below are three mung bean face mask solutions for acne-free, wrinkle-free and clear skin.
1. Mung Bean Face Mask for Acne
The deep cleansing and exfoliating properties of mung bean powder will help get rid of and prevent further acne. Many people have got good results from using mung bean powder in their anti-acne face masks. Coupled with yogurt, this mung bean face mask will help cleanse, disinfect and soothe acne-prone skin. Check out a few benefits of yogurt and turmeric for the skin.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties that will soothe acne inflammation and redness.
- Its skin-lightening properties will fade away acne scars and blemishes. Antibacterial properties will fight off acne-causing germs.
- Turmeric acts as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent when applied topically to skin.
- It will reduce acne redness and inflammation on the skin as well as prevent more acne.
- Use only a little turmeric powder especially if turmeric can stain your skin. You can also buy ‘wild turmeric’ which is normally used for topical skin application and doesn’t stain.
- Though washing hands with soap and water normally gets rid of yellow turmeric stains on fingernails, you can still just use a face mask brush to apply this face mask mixture to be on the safe side.
- When using yogurt for topical application, remember to only use plain, unflavored, unsweetened and full-fat yogurt. For best results, use greek yogurt or labneh.
- 1 teaspoon mung bean powder
- 1/3 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 1/2 teaspoons yogurt
- In a bowl, mix all the ingredients until you get a soft and creamy paste.
- Using clean fingers, gently slather this face mask mixture, avoiding the areas around the eyes and mouth.
- Leave the mask on for about 3 to 5 minutes or until it dries up completely.
- Use warm/tepid water to rinse off the mask completely.
2. Anti-Aging Mung Bean Face Mask
This mung bean face mask contains green tea which makes it an excellent anti-aging face mask. Applying green tea topically helps tighten, firm and lift skin. Green tea will also water and plump up dry skin, thereby making skin smooth, soft and youthful.
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Topical Benefits of Green Tea
Here are some other topical benefits of green tea for the skin:
- The topical application of green tea is shown to prevent sun damage by quenching free radicals and preventing inflammation.
- The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea will help calm and soothe acne inflammation and other skin inflammatory conditions like eczema.
- Green tea also contains polyphenols that when applied topically to the skin, are known to slow down the development of some signs of premature aging.
- Wait for the green tea to completely cool down before you use it in your face mask.
- Apply this face mask over your kitchen/bathroom sink to prevent any drips.
- Gather your hair into a ponytail and brush away any bangs so the face mask doesn't stick to your hair strands.
- 1 teaspoon mung bean powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons green tea
- Add mung bean powder in a small bowl and mix it with green tea to form a paste.
- Gently apply this paste onto your face using clean fingers.
- Wait for the face mask to dry up.
- When it dries up completely, rinse off with tepid water and pat dry.
3. Exfoliating Mung Bean Face Mask
Mung bean has a mild abrasive texture that will gently exfoliate dead cells, sebum, flaky skin, grime and dirt from the skin’s surface. In this exfoliating face mask, we will only need mung bean powder and water to get a thick paste.
- A heaping teaspoon of mung bean powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of water
- In a small bowl, add in the mung bean powder and a liberal amount of water to get a thick paste.
- Make sure you use the right amount of water because too much water will make the face mask very drippy.
- Using clean fingertips, rub the thick face mask onto your skin in gentle circular motions.
- Leave it on until it dries up and rinse off with warm water first, to loosen the dried mask, and then with cold water.
Please ensure that you are not allergic to any of the natural ingredients above before using them on your skin.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 31, 2015:
I always enjoyed your healthy hubs for eating and for your skin. Voted up for useful!