Skincare Superfoods: Garlic
Knock knock! It’s another skincare superfood at your door. The real star this time is… garlic! Yup, you heard that right. Not only do the little white bundles of flavour amp up any dish, but they are actually overflowing with a ton of benefits.
We all know garlic as that aromatic essential in the kitchen, but what about when it comes to skincare? This legendary onion family member can actually aid with a wide range of different skin and healthcare concerns! Garlic’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, along with its countless antioxidants, make it the perfect ingredient for so many health and skin remedies.
Like most anti-inflammatories, garlic is amazing at reducing redness, irritation, and swelling. As it is also an antibacterial, garlic works wonders to prevent, and or cure infections as well. With that being said, these cloves of wonder are perfect for those wanting to help acne, psoriasis, and even mosquito bites!
For those of you looking to cure a breakout, calm down psoriasis, or stop that pesky itchiness from mosquito bites, garlic’s got you covered. For an acne spot treatment, simply cut open a clove of garlic, and rub the open face onto the affected area in circular motions. This should renew surface skin cells, bring fresh blood cells to the area, kill bacteria, and reduce swelling; all of which should help those annoying breakouts.
For psoriasis sufferers, it is important not to overwork the skin with something like the direct exfoliation from garlic cloves. Instead, we recommend using a small amount of garlic oil to moisturize and soothe any irritation. The antibacterial properties of garlic will also help with any open sores from dryness!
The most surprising benefit of them all is that garlic is also a natural healer of insect-bites! Try to skip the over the counter insect bite ointment, and just use garlic! Simply slice open cloves of garlic and apply the residue from the open faces directly onto any mosquito bites or bee stings. Within the first couple of applications, swelling and redness of the bites will fade, and the antibacterial qualities of the garlic will keep bacteria from causing any further itch!
Don’t miss out on this superfood! All you need is some garlic cloves or oil to watch your skin transform. Next time you’re cooking with garlic, maybe save some aside for an at-home skin remedy, and finally, enjoy!