The ingredient under the spotlight in this week’s Clear Skin Superfood series is Lemongrass.
Many people are aware of the many health benefits gained from drinking lemongrass tea (cleansing, detoxing, improving circulation). However, something that is not as well known is that lemongrass can be great for your skin too! Regularly drinking lemongrass tea can cure a variety of different skin ailments as well as reduce any inflammation of the skin, making it a great natural remedy for acne!
The benefits of lemongrass for acne
The easiest way to introduce a regular supply of lemongrass into your diet in by making lemongrass tea. Rich in vitamin A, a lemongrass infusion will help your skin look younger and fresher.
Lemongrass tea can prevent inflammation and also has an anti-bacterial property to it that can also help in the clearing up of the skin as well as the preventing future pimples from cropping up! Another important lemongrass benefit for skin is that it can help balance sebum production which can minimise the appearance of large pores!
Lemongrass Tea || Serves 1
1/4 cup fresh lemongrass or 2 tsp dried lemongrass
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the lemongrass and allow it to steep for five minutes. Then strain out the lemongrass and enjoy! If you are thinking about making your own loose tea infusions I really recommend purchasing an infuser – I have this simple, beautiful one from Tea Palace in Covent Garden.
Lemongrass face mask for acne prone skin
Another way to make use of the wonderful skin benefits from lemongrass is by making a face mask out of it and applying it topically onto affected areas.
- 1 tblsp dried lemongrass
- 1 tblsp bentonite clay
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of dried lemongrass and allow it to steep for 15 minutes, strain out the lemongrass and let it cool. Once cooled mix up 2 tablespoons of the tea, 1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay until desired consistency is reached in a non-metallic container with a non-metallic mixing utensil. Cleanse your face and pat dry, then smooth the homemade acne mask over your face and neck, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Leave it to dry for about 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off using a warm, wet washcloth, pat dry and apply your favourite moisturiser.
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Have you discovered the benefits of lemongrass for acne yet? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!
Peace, Love & Clear Skin