Vegan Flaxseed Face Mask for Beautiful Skin
What Are Flax Seeds?
Flax seeds, (scientific name: Linum usitatissimum) are also known as linseeds and come from flax, which is a food and fiber crop that has been cultivated since ages ago in Ancient Egypt and China. Ancient Egyptians used flaxseed as a food and medicine and in the past, flaxseed was notably used as a laxative. This is because flax seeds are rich in fiber, and produce a gooey-like substance called mucilage which expands in contact with water. These two ingredients will bulk up stools and help remove toxins.
There are two types of flax seeds: golden flaxseed and brown flaxseed. The only difference in these two flaxseed types is the color and the price - golden flax seeds cost more than their brown counterparts but they have the same nutrient content.
It is rich in essential omega fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals and fiber that are necessary for optimum health. More health benefits of flaxseeds include: prevention of heart disease, breast, prostate & colon cancer and diabetes, lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol, prevents inflammatory conditions including asthma & arthritis, prevents osteoporosis, for good skin, hair & nails, alleviates menopausal symptoms, among others.
Consume flax seeds after grinding them to get the most out of these tiny super seeds. Whole flax seeds may pass through the digestive tract undigested.
Did You Know?
►Flax plants grow up to one meter in height, with the roots extending about the same measurement in the soil.
►Flaxseed/ Linseed oil is the vegetable oil produced from flax seeds.
►Flaxseed is an excellent cancer-fighter as it contains about 75 to 800 times more lignans than any other plant in the world.
►Flax seeds are a substitute for eggs in baking.
►The suggested amount of flax seeds is 1 to 2 tablespoons of flax seed a day.
Flaxseed for Beautiful Skin
Rich in nutrients such as vitamin A, E and B as well as omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and other vital minerals, it’s no wonder flax seeds are a super food for hair, skin and general health! Eating flaxseeds helps promote regular bowel movement which ensures toxins are flushed out of the body, thereby preventing acne.
All the above are benefits you can get by eating flax seeds. But did you know that flaxseed, being a vegan substitute for egg, is also a great face mask ingredient for toned skin? There are so many DIY natural face mask recipes that call for eggs as one of the major ingredients. But what about if you can’t use eggs in your face masks due to allergies & ethical reasons? Don’t worry! This flaxseed face mask is perfect for vegans or people who are allergic to eggs and it gets the job done just as effectively as eggs!
Here are the benefits of flaxseed for skin:
- Firms & lifts skin
- Deep cleanses & purifies skin
- Shrinks large pores
- Exfoliates skin
- Reduces oily skin
- Helps prevent & treat acne
- Has anti-aging properties that helps slow fine lines and wrinkles
How to Make a Flaxseed Face Mask
I was shocked to see some flaxseed face mask recipes telling people to use the seeds whole, without grinding, on skin. This is simply not very effective because the tough fibrous outer layer will prevent the nutrients inside from reaching your skin.
Secondly, whole flax seeds applied to your face will fall off and create a bigger mess! So please use ground flaxseed which you can easily powder by yourself at home. Here’s a good tutorial on how to make your own flaxseed face mask in the right way, deriving maximum benefits from these super seeds with no wastage + tips on how to store it without spoilage.
- 1 tsp of ground flaxseed
- 3 tsp of water
- Grind your flax seeds in a blender to get flaxseed powder. Alternatively, you can use purchased flaxseed powder/ flax meal. For one flax egg, soak 1 tsp of ground flax seeds in 3 tsp of water for about 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, the ground face seed mixture will have turned sticky and gooey with almost an egg like consistency. This is your flax egg. Now your flaxseed face mask is ready!
- Using clean fingers, scoop the flaxseed face mask mixture and gently slather it onto your face, avoiding the areas around your eyes and mouth.
- Leave it on for about 3 to 5 minutes or until it completely dries up.
- When the time is up, gently rinse off with warm water. Another option is to use a damp washcloth to wipe off the dried up face mask.
- Splash your face with cold water.
- Pat dry with a soft towel and moisturize as needed.
- Some people keep the ground flaxseed and water mixture in the fridge while waiting for it to thicken but I find this unnecessary as the flax egg will thicken just as well in the open.
- You can use excess face mask mixture on your neck and hands for soft and bright skin. Or, store it in the fridge for future use. It will last about a week at most in the fridge but it’s best to use within 3 days. Make sure to dispose of it in case it starts smelling funky.
- This flaxseed face mask won’t be drippy at all but just in case, apply this face mask over your kitchen/bathroom sink.