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Surprising food ingredients you didn’t know could make their way into a face mask

Many say Cleopatra herself took to regularly sleeping with egg whites on her face to stay gorgeous. The relationship between edibles and skincare has been obvious for centuries. There’s so much more to tasty face masks than sliced cucumbers, honey and mashed-up oatmeal. Some of the most powerful skincare foods are ones you never saw coming.

Garlic: Our aromatic friend isn’t just responsible for many a ruined date – it’s also a powerful antiseptic. Garlic is great for skin that’s prone to breakouts, as it’s an effective cleanser that won’t be too harsh on sensitive skin.

Asparagus: When asparagus gets involved, it’s always a win-win situation. Not only is it rich in folic acid, potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin C and thiamin, but it’s also great for your skin in the form of a face mask ingredient. Use asparagus to absorb excess oil.

Chocolate: That’s right – cocoa is a powerful antioxidant, so it can get in there with its free radical-fighting abilities and whoop some serious butt.

Turnip: Most of you probably don’t know how to even use these things in a food dish, but don’t worry if you haven’t managed to develop a taste for this root vegetable yet. When cooked and mashed and used in a face mask, turnip can offer you great deep-cleaning properties without ever needing to be tasted.

Fig: When broken down into a pulp, fig can wield some surprising emollient and cleansing properties, according to The Good Cook.

Lettuce: Lettuce tell you (hahaha) – this crunchy leaf is more than just empty calories. You can break it down into a pulp and add a little water. Then, use this concoction as an active ingredient in a mask that’s sure to soothe skin and tame zits, the source reports.

Coffee: Think of coffee for your skin as coffee for your brain – it’s a great pick-me-up for those sallow, tired mornings. Coffee constricts blood cells, and therefore firms and tightens the complexion. Also, it’s full of antioxidants, and you know we’re all about that.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing