Over the years, the refreshing benefits of mint leaves to reduce bad breath or curb symptoms of cold have become well known.
Besides being a great addition to summer drinks and yummy chutneys, the mint plant also boasts of anti-allergenic properties that makes it the perfect fit for skincare products.
Menthol, which is a bioactive ingredient in mint leaves, could help take care of acne, sunburns and rashes. The magical ingredient is a must-have in almost every beauty DIY from a homemade face pack to soothing toners and face washes.
To begin with, the vitamin A and salicylic acid in mint leaves help control the secretion of excess oils in the skin, a common reason for acne outbursts. This means the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of the leaf could you with acne trouble. Simply apply a paste of mint leaves on the acne-prone area.
Mint leaves also work very well as a natural astringent. It can help in soothing the skin, cleaning off dirt and tightening the pores.
The rich content of an antioxidant called rosmarinic acid in mint leaves helps hydrate the skin by improving blood circulation. It can help keep the skin looking younger thus prevent the signs of ageing and even dark circles.
If you have sensitive skin, you should try to do a test patch on your hand before you apply the concoction to your face.