Cool and refreshing
Another ingredient long used in food as well as for topical application is mint. Rich in vitamins and minerals, mint has been used for treating different ailments, especially those related to digestion. Just as mint in food and beverages is nourishing and instantly refreshing, so is its topical application. Mint extracts are added as ingredients in different skincare products. While mint oil is used for topical application, mint leaves are used to prepare juice or paste. “A paste of mint leaves works well for oily skin as it helps to shrink the pores, is antibacterial and antifungal in nature and an astringent in quality. A blend of sesame oil or a paste of sesame seeds and mint leaves is good for the skin as mint is antibacterial and sesame is nourishing in nature. The varied nature of the two ingredients makes them work well together as a blend. This blend is suited for normal to oily skin,” adds Dr Kochhar. As the blend exfoliates, deep cleanses and nourishes the skin, it results in healthy and fresh-looking skin.