While it seems pretty normal to cover your eyes with cucumber slices or coat your face with a yogurt mask, some foods just aren’t associated with beauty treatment.
For instance, potatoes might make you think of dirt and fries but they actually have surprising skin benefits.
And you don’t have to put them in a soup to get these benefits, you can put them straight on your skin!
How It Works
Potato is chock-full of vitamins and minerals that keep your skin bright and healthy. You can get all these benefits by eating more potatoes or simply applying it on your skin (1).
Vitamin B: Different B-complex vitamins work together to protect your skin from sun damage and wrinkles (2). They also prevent discoloration, dry lips and seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory infection that makes your skin scaly and moist (3,4).
Vitamin C: Vital for skin health, vitamin c regulates the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein essential for joint health and skin firmness. The antioxidant activity of vitamin C also protects your body form free radical damage, prevents and treats photodamage, help wound healing, treat acne and keep dry skin hydrated (5).
Phosphorus:This mineral is necessary for the growth, maintenance, and repair of all tissues and cells. This extra boost of skin regeneration keeps your skin young (7).
Calcium: Aging can cause increased loss of calcium in the skin, causing skin diseases such as Darier disease, Hailey-Hailey disease, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (8). The mineral also keeps your skin moist and healthy.
Potassium: Potassium is vital to build connective tissue, heal skin lesions, cure acne and prevent premature aging (9).
Copper: Copper keeps your skin firm by promoting the regeneration of collagen and elastin. It also boosts the prodcution of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid (10).
How To Use
While you can slices or shred potato and place it directly on your skin, it’s easier to use potato juice (skin included).
Just apply it evenly over dry, clean skin and leave on for 5-10 minutes.
Rinse with warm water and pat dry. It’s mild enough to be used everyday.