6 Ways Figs Will Give You Glowing Skin
With their leathery wrinkled skin, it’s a bit ironic that figs boast big anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits. We love to enjoy their lushly sweet, watermelon-hued inner flesh as a culinary treat during the late summer and early fall months, but that same pink pulp and even the outer peel contain numerous nutrients that can be applied topically to remedy acne and polish your skin.
Varying in size, color and shape, there are hundreds of cultivated varieties of figs, including these popular options: Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Calimyrna, Kadota and Sierra. Figs can offer a wide array of flavors, from caramel, honey and raspberry to bright and zesty fruity flavors to those that lean more toward the nutty and warm.
In addition to their wide array of flavors, figs also contain many vital vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, B1and B2, as well as a variety of skin essential antioxidants and omega fatty acids. Considering how nutrient dense figs are, here are a few easy at-home treatments created to solve basic skin issues when applied externally.
Due to their high fiber and mineral content, figs are a useful remedy for improving acne and clearing skin. Apply mashed fresh figs to your face, and let dry for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
Restore suppleness to your face and cure cracked, dry lips by applying fig paste directly to these areas. Fig paste can also help tighten pores and control the secretion of excess oils.
High in vitamin C, figs can help brighten, lighten and even out skin tone. Using 3 tablespoons of fig paste as the base, add 1 tablespoon finely ground oats, ½ teaspoon of dried ginger powder, and a couple of drops of bergamot essential oil. Mix all of the ingredients to form a smooth paste and apply to your face for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. You can use this mask twice a week to see skin brightening results.
Applying a fig paste to your face can help transport those nutrients directly into the dermal layer of the skin. Either process 3 fresh figs in a blender or grind them down by hand. Mix in one tablespoon of yogurt to make a fine paste. Apply the mixture to your face, massaging it in gently for a few minutes. Allow the mask to dry for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have access to fresh figs, you can soak dried figs in water overnight and blend them to form a paste.
Figs contain powerful enzymes that can effectively remove dead skin cells. Pair them with a finely ground almond meal and you have a delightfully gentle skin polish. Mix 1 tablespoon of finely ground almond meal, 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice, 2 tablespoons of fig paste, ½ teaspoon of olive oil and apply to your face and body for silken, radiant skin.
The peels of the figs are also high in active enzymes, which can rid your skin of debris and exfoliate. Rinse and remove the peels and scrub the skin with the inside of the peel then rinse thoroughly.