Basil has long been celebrated as an ingredient used to remedy acne-prone skin. Known for its antiseptic properties, basil not only helps to eradicate existing acne, but it also wards off new breakouts, soothing the skin and helping with circulation. However, because of the basil leaves high concentration of anti-aging elements, this wash is just as beneficial for fighting off fine lines and a dull complexion.
This DIY basil face wash is great for the pores but is also a wonderful choice for all of you ladies who want a smooth and beautiful, youthful complexion. Instead of using it as a wash, try it as a weekly mask for longer lasting benefits. Note: this may quite possibly be the easiest wash/ mask I have yet to discover. It will take you all of 5 minutes to prepare and the results are flawless!
What You’ll Need:
20-30 Fresh Basil Leaves
Organic plain yogurt (optional)
Benefits of the Ingredients:
Basil – The oil can aid in removing dark spots while the antibacterial properties help fight acne. The leaves also contain anti-aging and soothing elements.
Organic Yogurt – Contains zinc, calcium, vitamin B1, B2, B6 and B12, protein and yeast. Zinc helps fight off acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties while calcium is a natural source of antioxidants that help in cell renewal to ward off premature aging. B Vitamins are great to increase blood circulation and prevent acne and protein s leave skin instantly more radiant.
In a bowl, use a wooden spoon (or sub with a mortar and pestle) and crush the fresh basil leaves so that the natural oils are released. This is the basil paste. You can use this with water as a face wash, applying to the face and allowing to sit for 3-5 minutes, once every other day. Rinse with tepid water.
As a mask: Use the paste and leave on the face for up to 20 minutes. For added benefits or for skin that needs a bit of extra soothing, add 1tsp of organic yogurt to your paste and then apply to the face and leave on for up to twenty minutes. Again, rinse with tepid water.
As a toner: Probably my favorite way to use basil is as a toner. You’ll prepare the leaves the same way – grinding and releasing the oils – then add 2 cups of boiling water to the bowl. Allow to steep for around 10-15 minutes, then strain to remove any excess leaves. Store the basil water in a glass container and use morning and evening with a cotton pad, applied to the face, after washing. No need to rinse off, follow with a serum or moisturizer. Will last for 1 week if refrigerated. Enjoy immediate glowing skin.
How will you use your basil leaves?