What ingredients come to mind when thinking about DIY face masks? Honey, avocado, and yogurt are certainly familiar but what about cabbage (you read that correctly, cabbage!)?
The leafy vegetable is a popular beautifying option in France, and Parisian ladies are perfectly right to include cabbage in their regimen.
It contains a broad range of vitamins and micro-elements like vitamins A, C and E, potassium and sulfur. The combination has a cleansing effect, and it nourishes the skin, as well.
Some French cosmetics manufacturers have begun adding cabbage to the active ingredients of their products. If you want to benefit from it, however, you should probably opt for an all-natural, DIY treatment. A cabbage facial will be easy and highly beneficial. On top of that, it is much less expensive than French cosmetics.
So, why not go straight to the source and replace the lab-manufactured with the sunny-farm-grown? After all, there is no better (and easier) way to glowing skin than a treatment that comes straight from your own refrigerator, right?
Benefits of Cabbage Masks:
Cabbage is an underestimated beauty mask ingredient. It is so packed with useful microelements that it will deliver amazing benefits for even the most problematic skin types.
As already mentioned, cabbage is rich in vitamins. It contains Vitamin C that stimulates collagen production and vitamin E, which is a staple in the cosmetic industry.
Also, cabbage is an excellent source of indole-3-carbonile. This substance is a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells against the harm caused by free radicals. If you want to turn back the hands of time, you should give yourself a cabbage facial now and then.
Seriously I’m getting old, yet after this mask, my face felt like it’s back to my 20’s. It’s also good for people with acne prone skin as well, as it controls oil. This is how Korean celebrities do their facial in Korea as well. Please do try and your skin will love you for this.
What You Need:
- 4 Tablespoons of Minced Cabbage
- 1 Egg White
- 2 Teaspoons of Rice or besan Flour
- 1 tbsp raw Honey
- few drops of lemon for whitening effect (*optional)
① This mask is really simple. First of all, take your cabbage, you will probably need just one cabbage leaf but keep on chopping until you get four tablespoons.. Put them in the blender.
② Get your egg, crack it, and separate the yolk from the white. You will only need the white. Then mix everything in the blender and add the 2 teaspoons of rice or besan flour.
③ Power up the blender until you have a smooth yet sticky paste-like mixture.
④ When your mask is ready, remember to start with a dry clean face, then apply evenly on face and neck (avoid the eye and mouth areas). Use a cotton pad or gauze all over your face (I like using a cotton facial mask sheet) and put them on nicely, you should lay down when you do this (but this is optional).
⑤ To let the goodness sink in, you can massage your face in circular motions for about 2 minutes. Then let it sit for as good as 15-20 minutes. This is the perfect time for you to relax, or even clean up the mess you made when preparing the mask.
⑥ When the 20 minutes is done, wash it off with lukewarm, if not cold water (cold is always better as it also helps tighten your pores and firm your skin). Then pat dry. You can follow it up with moisturizer if you like.
Recipe for Different Skin Types
If you are dealing with a slightly more specialized problem, you will need to modify the basic recipe.
Deep Cleansing cabbage face mask (oily skin):
① Ladies who have oily skin need to mince a quarter head of a small cabbage and throw it in a blender to make a puree.
② Add an egg white and juice from 1/4 wedge lemon to the puree minced cabbage and blend it well.
③ Apply the paste on your face avoiding the eye area.
④ Keep it on for 20 minutes then wash it off with warm water and splash it off with cold water to close the pores.
Deep Cleansing cabbage face mask (dry skin):
① Chop a few cabbage leaves. Pour 1 or 1.5 cups of whole fat milk into a small pot and bring it to a boil in low fire.
② Add the chopped cabbage and stir. You should get a porridge-like consistency after some time.
③ Get the pan off the source of heat and strain the liquid. Let it cool down and use a brush to apply it to your face.
④ Keep the mask on for 20 minutes.
Nourishing cabbage face mask (sensitive skin):
Here is a third option, in case you need deep nourishing for the sensitive skin.
① Mince some cabbage and add an egg yolk and a tablespoon of olive oil to it.
② Put all the ingredients together in a blender until you get a homogenous mixture.
③ The mask is suitable for face and neck application.
④ Keep it on for 20 minutes, wash your skin and use your favorite hydrating product to “lock” the moisture in.