Who isn’t fond of potatoes in every dish? The carb rich vegetable is in the list of favorites of everyone from young to old. But did you know that apart from loading you with energy, potato has a lot of other benefits for your skin and can be included in your daily skin care regime? Potato has got a lot of health benefits because it has Vitamin C, B1, B3, B6, carbohydrates, and other minerals like phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Other than that it also has dietary antioxidants that protect you against diseases and helps to build a strong body. But when applied topically, potato also helps to achieve clear, glowing skin and gets rid of stubborn sun tan on the face and arms. You can thus use it in a variety of ways to make your skin look better than it ever was.
Before discussing the kinds of face packs that can be made using potato, let us know the range of skin benefits of potato.
Benefits of potato for the skin
- Potato’s juices seep into the skin to get rid of sun tan and bring out the natural glow of the face.
- Along with getting rid of tan, potato also reduces dark spots, acne spots, scars and blemishes.
- Potato reduces redness and inflammation of the skin caused by rashes and infections.
- Potato slices around the eyes also reduce dark circles and puffiness.
- It prevents untimely skin aging and stops the formation of wrinkles, fine lines and dullness. It keeps the skin young and fresh looking to give you that absolutely radiant glow.
- It makes the skin tone even and gives makes the skin soft and smooth.
- Potato has natural antioxidants that provide protection to the skin against sun and environmental damage. It also repairs skin that has been damaged due to sun exposure.
Potato face packs to get rid of tan effectively
Now let us know some of the best face packs and masks that can be made using potato as the main ingredient. Try these simple home remedies using potato to get clear and glowing skin very easily in a natural way.
Potato and Gram flour face pack
- 1 teaspoon of potato pulp
- 1 teaspoon of yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon of gram flour or besan
Mix together the besan and the potato pulp together. Beat one teaspoon of yoghurt and blend it into the mixture. Apply this face pack on the face and leave it on for half an hour. Let it dry and then wash the face with water. Potato pulp and besan have properties to bleach the skin and get rid of tan, dark spots and blemishes. Yoghurt keeps the skin moisturized and also dissolves the dead skin cells.
Potato and Rice flour face pack
- 1 teaspoon of potato juice
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of rice flour
Mix together the rice flour with all the juices to make a thick paste. Apply the face pack on the face and neck and leave it on for 15-20 minutes till it dries off. Gently wet the face when it dries and scrub the face lightly in circular motions. Wash off the face with water. Repeat this twice a week for best results. Potato juice helps to remove the tan and dark spots from the face. The rice flour helps to scrub the dead skin cells from the skin and bring out the underlying natural glow of the face. Honey and lemon juice help to cleanse, tone and moisturize the face.
Potato juice and Honey face pack
- 3-4 tablespoons of potato juice
- 2 tablespoons of honey
Mix the ingredients together and apply the juices to your face and neck area. Leave it on for about 15 minutes till it dries and then wash it off with water. If you repeat this step everyday you can see your tan disappeared in no time and it will also make your dace bright and glowing. Potato juice works like a natural bleaching agent that makes the skin tone light and radiant. Honey on the other hand, makes the skin soft and supple by moisturizing it.
Potato and Tomato face mask
- 1 tablespoon of potato pulp
- 1 tablespoon of tomato juice
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Mix together the potato pulp and the tomato juice. Add one tablespoon of honey to it and mix together to make a smooth blend. Apply this on the face, focussing on the tanned area. The acidic tomato juice and potato juice helps to bleach the skin and get rid of the tan. Both are also rich in antioxidants and fights free radical damage in the skin. It also gets rid of skin infections, rashes and acne by killing the bacteria and opening up clogged pores. Repeat this once a day and see the acne and tan vanishing. Adding honey to the face pack keeps the face soft and supple.
Potato and Lemon face mask
- 2 teaspoon potato juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Mix together the juices and honey into a smooth blend and apply it all over your face and neck. After 10-15 minutes, when it dries off, wash your face with water. Repeat this procedure every alternate day to get absolutely clear and glowing skin. While potato juice helps to get rid of the tan and blemishes to brighten the skin tone, lemon removes excess oil and unclogs the pores. Both lemon and potatoes have got astringent potatoes. Honey helps to keep the skin moisturized and soft.
Potato and Oatmeal face pack
- 2 tablespoons potato pulp
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 tablespoon oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mash the potato pulp and mix in the other ingredients till you form a smooth paste. Apply the face pack on the face and neck and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. Wash off the face with lukewarm water when it is dry. You must apply this twice a week before you can see the tan go away and the skin brighten. Both potato and oatmeal have properties to absorb excess oil from the skin and clean the face off all grime and impurities. Oatmeal particles also get rid of dead skin cells to brighten the skin.
Potato and Fuller’s Earth face pack
- 1 raw potato grated into pulp
- 1 tablespoon Fuller’s earth
Grate one raw potato and extract its pulp. Mix the juice and pulp with fuller’s earth and create a paste. Apply the thick paste on the face and leave it on till it dries off. Wash it with lukewarm water while scrubbing your face. Repeat this twice a week to get best results. Fuller’s earth reduces excess oil secretion and acne and potato takes care of tan removal. It also lightens the skin and makes it soft, glowing and spotless.
Potato, Milk, and Glycerin face pack
- 1 grated potato
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 3 drops of glycerine.
Mix all the above ingredients to create the face pack and apply it all over the face, especially on the dull and tanned areas. Leave the face pack on for about 20 minutes to let it dry off completely. Gently wash the face with cold water. Repeating this twice a week will help to brighten your skin while keeping it soft and supple. Glycerine effectively moisturizes the skin and increases collagen production to keep it young and prevent it from aging. Potato also contributes in treating untimely aging of skin and reduces wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles.
Potato and Strawberry face mask
- 1 grated potato
- 2 grated strawberries
- ½ teaspoon of honey
Blend the grated potato and strawberries to make a paste. Add honey to the face pack and apply it on the face and neck. Let it settle for 15-20 minutes before washing it off. This face pack if applied twice or thrice a week will make your face naturally young and glowing. Potato’s bleaching properties gets rid of tan and blemishes on the face while strawberry had vitamin C and folic acid which exfoliates the skin to get rid of dead skin cells and promotes collagen formation to make the skin look younger. This tightens the pores and gets rid of wrinkles and fine lines to stop skin aging.
Potato and Turmeric face pack
- 1/2 grated potato
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
Mix together the grated potato and the turmeric powder to create a paste. Apply the face pack evenly on the face and neck. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off. Repeat this twice or thrice a week to get rid of tan effectively and achieve absolutely bright and glowing skin. The antibacterial properties of turmeric relieve acne and all kinds of skin infections. It also reduces the tan and brightens the skin tone.
Potato, Cucumber, and Baking soda face pack
- 1/4th cup of grated cucumber
- 1/6th cup of grated potato
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1-2 teaspoon yoghurt
Blend the ingredients finely to make a paste. Apply it on the face and leave it on for 30 minutes. When it dries, wash it off with lukewarm water. While cucumber cools the skin and soothes it, treats skin infections and rashes, baking soda exfoliates the skin. Potato removes the tan from the face and brightens it. Yoghurt keeps it moisturized and soft.