Allah has generously provided natural, chemical-free and inexpensive ways to achieve healthy, radiant skin. Al-Hamdulillah. A facial mask made with carrots is one great example.
Choose the best carrots. They should be firm, smooth, brightly colored, and straight. Skip over cracked, limp, or rubbery ones. Store carrots for up to two weeks in a plastic bag or container in the coolest part of the refrigerator. Wrapping them in a paper towel also works.
When possible, use organic carrots. Wash and scrub gently with a vegetable brush before using. Non-organic carrots need to be peeled first to get rid of pesticides and other chemicals.
Now, the recipe!
There are two versions of this mask.
Raw Carrot Facial
Raw uncooked carrots can also be used. It’s the preferred method actually. Slice, then grind raw carrot. A mortar and pestle or a blender works well. Add small amounts of water as needed to make a rough paste. Pat carrot mixture on the skin.
Steam Carrot Facial
Put a steamer basket in a pot. Add water but make sure the water does not reach the basket. Bring water to a rapid boil.
In the meantime, slice carrot ¼-in thick. Add the carrots to the steamer basket. Cover with a loose fitting lid. Steam for 5 minutes or until tender. Mash cooked carrots to a pulp, with a little of the cooking water.
Prepare Your Skin
To get the most out of this mask, the skin needs to be completely free of any residue. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face!
Wet your face and neck with tepid water. Lightly scrub your skin with the oatmeal cleanser. Rinse cleanser off with more tepid water. Blot dry.
Apply a generous amount of the carrot mixture to the face. If using steamed carrots, apply when warm, but not hot.
Leave on for 15 or 20 minutes. Remove mask by rinsing it off with warm water. Pat face dry. Always wash your hands before touching your face.
Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.