Onions aren’t just a cooking staple, there are some pretty incredible health benefits of onions and their beauty benefits are just as impressive. According to Mercola.com, “Onions are surprisingly high in beneficial polyphenols, which play an important role in preventing and reducing the progression of diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.” The real secret to onion power is that they’re loaded with quercetin, a powerful antioxidant. Eating healthy foods is essential for looking your best but there are also some amazing onion benefits from using them topically.
Aroma aside, an onion face mask can do wonders for your skin. Its high sulfur content, antibacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal acne treatment. Try whipping up this super easy Oatmeal & Onion Puree Face Mask with just oatmeal, purified mineral water and one medium onion. You can kick it up a notch be adding an egg yolk and one tablespoon each of carrot juice and olive oil.
Onions are more than just for a pretty face
The acne fighting benefits of onion aren’t limited to treating and preventing breakouts. It’s also been used for ages to fade scars and dark spots anywhere on the body. Red onions work the best for this. If you’d rather not slather your entire face, just apply plain onion juice directly to the marks with a q-tip.
It’s really easy to tailor the benefits of onions to your specific skin concerns. Here are a few other onion face masks for you to try. If you’re wondering how anyone can withstand a face full of onion for any length of time, the key is to chill all of these masks overnight before using.
• Onion & Olive Oil • Mix equal parts onion and olive oil; rinse after 20 minutes.
• Onion & Honey • Honey also has antibacterial properties plus it helps your skin lock in moisture. Mix equal parts honey and onion juice and leave the mask on for 20 minutes.
• Onion & Yogurt • Massage equal parts of onion juice and yogurt into your face for 10-15 minutes. The lactic acid in the yogurt exfoliates and encourages cell turnover.
The same onion benefits that make it great for your face extend to your scalp and hair too! Onions have long been used as a treatment for thinning hair and they help to alleviate dandruff while leaving your tresses shiny and silky. Mix equal parts onion juice and coconut oil, honey or olive oil. Coat your hair and let it sit anywhere from one hour to overnight. Rinse with warm water.
Onion juice and alum can be applied directly to your scalp to relieve dandruff. If you don’t feel like messing around with DIY hair treatments, Babushka Agafia’s 100% natural Restorative Hair Mask with Egg Yolk, Onion & Burdock Root Oil is only $11. No matter how you slice it or how long you chill it, there’s no way to completely neutralize the oniony odor in these beauty treatments so it’s a good idea to use them in the evening before bed and definitely not right before a hot date.