When it comes to leafy greens, kale's one of the healthiest ones you can have. The vegetable is a nutritional superfood as its chock-a-block with vitamins A, K, B6, and C, calcium, potassium, copper, and manganese. Moreover, kale is great for the heart, helps in managing weight, and is good for eye and bone health. Read our article on the Complete Health Benefits of Kale to know why you should add kale to your diet.
However, what many don’t know is that kale should also be incorporated into your beauty routine.
Kale Benefits for Skin
Kale contains phytonutrients that can help nourish the skin. Also, thanks to its vitamins C and K contents, it can be great for skin hyperpigmentation and reducing the appearance of dark circles. Vitamin C also protects against oxidative stress-induced cellular damage.
The leafy green can help promote new skin cell production due to its vitamin A content. Vitamin A has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an anti-wrinkle agent that "changes the appearance of the skin surface and has anti-aging effects".
Kale also contains lutein, an antioxidant that supports eye health by reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration. It can also protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Ways to Use Kale in Your Skincare Routine
One of the best things about kale is that it’s great for all skin types. Therefore, anyone can take advantage of its skin benefits. Now we will show you how to use the leafy green in your skincare routine.
1. Kale Facial Mask
Bring the salon home with this wonderful kale facial mask. Applying this face mask directly to your skin topically will help liven up your skin. It also contains coconut milk, lemon, and honey to liven up your complexion and hydrate and soothe your skin.
This facial mask is super easy to make and requires a few simple ingredients.
- 1/4 cup chopped kale
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tbsp. coconut milk
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
1. Rinse kale well and puree it in a blender.
2. Add kale to a bowl and mix in honey, coconut milk, and lemon juice by hand.
3. Apply the face mask evenly. Make sure you avoid the eyes. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes then rinse.
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2. Make a Body Scrub
Kale can be used as an amazing body scrub to exfoliate your skin. Here’s how you make it:
1. Mince up some kale leaves and add them to a small bowl.
2. Mix them well with two parts coconut oil or vegetable shortening.
3. Slather the mixture all over your body, particularly on your dry patches.
4. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse it off.
3. Nourishing Hair Mask
Kale has a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which, apart from being essential for heart health, can also make hair stronger, shinier, and softer. The vegetable also had loads of beta carotene, which can be useful in improving scalp health and strengthening hair follicles.
Make a nourishing kale hair mask by following these steps:
1. Mix half a cup of fresh kale juice with one mashed banana.
2. Massage the mixture from root to end.
3. Cover with a shower cap and leave it on for 30 minutes.
4. Rinse thoroughly.
4. Green Eye Cream
Like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, Kale is a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables are known for their anti-inflammatory powers. The good thing is that you can avail kale’s anti-inflammatory benefits by applying it topically as well. This eye cream can be applied under the eyes where the nutrients will be absorbed by the skin, and will help battle under-eye inflammation.
1. Combine 2 tbsp. fresh kale juice with 1/4 cup coconut milk, and 2 tbsp. avocado oil.
2. Mix them well. Make sure the consistency is milky.
3. Apply the cream under-eye area, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse well.
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5. DIY Nail Conditioner
Why use cosmetic products on your nails when you can condition them naturally with kale? This conditioner can strengthen your nail beds while moisturizing and conditioning them as well. Kale, as mentioned above, is rich in Vitamin A, which promotes keratin synthesis, and keratin forms the cells that make up the tissue in nails.
1. Add two drops of olive oil with a few small pieces of kale into a bowl.
2. Mix them well in a blender.
3. Add more olive oil if you need more moisture.
4. Soak your nails for about 5 minutes in the mixture or apply it to your nails for 10 minutes. Rinse it off.
5. For an even deeper soak, cover your nails with gloves and leave the conditioner on overnight.
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