You’re probably already thinking that this face mask sounds gross. After all, most people either love or hate okra. Even the okra lovers probably haven’t thought about applying okra to their face, since it has a fuzzy, crispy exterior and a slimy interior.
While I love eating okra, I’ve found that this veggie is a powerful cosmetic agent as well. Okra includes important vitamins, including vitamin E, vitamin C, and vitamin A, and all of these antioxidant vitamins help to promote healing and fight free radicals.
Vitamin E contributes to protecting skin from the sun, and Vitamin A helps eliminate fine lines and soothes irritation. Okra also includes biotin and folate, which are essential nutrients for skin regeneration and healthy hair.
If you enjoy making your own DIY skincare products, you will definitely love this okra mask that has its roots in Zimbabwe.
Women in this country deal with a lot of heat, so they carefully protect and hydrate skin using an okra mask. It not only hydrates and protects, it actually eliminates wrinkles and leaves them with supple, smooth, gorgeous skin.
- 2 cups of chopped okra
- jojoba oil or your favorite carrier oil (optional)
- Boil 2 cups of chopped okra in about 2 cups of water for 15 minutes.
- Remove the okra (still in the pot) from the heat, and allow it to steep for about 10 minutes.
- Pour the entire contents into an airtight jar, seal, and allow to steep overnight. In the morning, you will have a jar of slimy stuff – pour the slime into a separate container. This slimy mucilage is a good recipe for homemade Hair conditioner
Okra, which is often known as lady’s finger, gumbo, or bhindi, offers many significant health benefits. It’s very low in calories and provides some essential nutrients, such as vitamin B6, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin K, zinc, riboflavin, folic acid, and vitamin E.
If you’re trying to lose weight, okra is an excellent food to enjoy. It’s also a wonderful food for women to eat who are trying to get pregnant. Cleopatra, who was the Queen of the Nile, was well known for her incredible beauty, and she enjoyed eating okra.
Women in Zimbabwe not only eat Okra, but they also use this vegetable to make their own moisturizing face mask. You may want to try this Zimbabwean secret yourself for gorgeous, moisturized skin.