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I remember someone once told me that barley has very good skin whitening/lightening
properties that will help fade freckles, brown skin spots and acne marks. She said
something about mixing barley flour (powder) with lemon juice and one more kitchen
ingredient I can't recall. Any idea what might be missing in this homemade barley
face mask recipe? Thanks! – Sandra, Ohio.
4 Natural Homemade Barley Flour Face Whitening Masks
I've always used barley flour as a natural skin whitening agent in my homemade beauty
recipes and I've nothing but good things to say about it.
Barley, also known as Job's tears, has been used for thousands of years in traditional
Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat everything from water retention to impotence and
sexual weakness. In recent years, green barley grass powder has become increasing
popular among those looking to control several health issues such as cancer tumors
In addition to its medicinal and curative qualities, the remarkable skin rejuvenating
benefits of job's tears work beautifully to lighten skin blemishes while keeping
the skin luxuriously smooth and baby soft.
In fact, many people in Asian countries like Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan believed
that there are many skin and health benefits of drinking job's tears tea regularly
during the summer months. Barley tea not only helps to boost hydration and cleanse
the body of unwanted toxins quickly but also protect the skin against free radical
exposure and reduce premature skin aging and symptoms of photoaging as it contains
a boatload of phytonutrients and antioxidants.
If I am not wrong, you can add a splash of milk to barley flour and lemon juice mixture
because the lactic acid in milk acts as a natural exfoliant to gently slough off
dead layers of old and dull skin to make way for fresher, newer skin cells. Hence,
your face complexion will appear radiantly fresh, smooth and alive. You can also
use sour milk or plain yogurt in place of milk. See below for homemade whitening
barley face mask recipe.
I’ve also included a few my favorite homemade skin brightening face masks with barley
flour that works amazingly well for me, and I hope you'll find them helpful too.
With regular use (1-2 times a week), dull and rough skin texture is dramatically
refined, leaving your skin fairer, clearer and naturally glowing.
Always do a patch test first and stop using immediately if your skin becomes irritated.
Organic barley flour is available in most local health food stores; you can also
find barley flour in the baking aisle of some supermarkets.
How to Make Whitening Face Masks with Barley Flour at Home
Homemade Whitening Barley Flour Face Mask Recipe
1. Combine 1 tablespoon barley powder and 1 tablespoon milk in a small bowl. Add
1½ tablespoons lemon juice (or lime juice) and mix well until you get a thick paste.
2. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and then apply barley-milk-lemon paste, carefully
avoiding your eyes and lips. Lie down and relax. Rinse off completely with lukewarm
water after 10 minutes or so.
DIY Skin Tightening Barley Powder Honey Facial
This barley-honey face mask is especially good if you've ace-prone skin, or oily
skin, or large pores on your face. Egg whites help draw out excess oil and grease
from the pores while temporarily tightening and firming the skin so large pores appear
smaller. Honey, known for its powerful antibacterial and inflammatory properties,
helps control and prevent future pimple and acne breakouts.
1. In a small bowl, mix ½ tablespoon barley flour with ½ tablespoon manuka honey.
Whip 1 egg white until frothy and add to barley/honey mixture. Mix all ingredients
together to form a smooth paste.
2. Generously spread the paste all over your clean face, but make sure not to apply
it around the eye and mouth areas. Wait for 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm
water. Finish off with a splash of icy cold water to close the pores.
Face Brightening Barley Papaya Face Mask Recipe
Papayas not only offer great taste, but are an excellent source of potent antioxidant
nutrients such as carotenes, Vitamin C and E, all of which are essential for promoting
healthy skin. In addition, papaya also contains the enzyme papain that helps remove
dead skin cells to reveal brighter and softer skin naturally without harmful chemical
1. Mash 1 small piece of fresh papaya (seeds removed) with the back of a fork until
smooth, or place in a food processor and blend on high speed for about 1 minute.
2. Add 2 tablespoons barley powder and 1 tablespoon raw honey, and mix until well
combined. If you're using the blender, blend on high for an extra minute.
3. Apply barley-papaya mask evenly and liberally to your face, and leave on for 15-20
minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
Skin Lightening Barley Cranberry Body and Face Scrub Recipe
This natural homemade barley cranberry face scrub is great for all skin types and
is highly recommended for people prone to blackheads, those with lackluster, dry
skin, or prematurely aged skin. Cranberries provides a host of significant anti-aging
benefits mainly due to its high concentrations of antioxidants, Vitamins B3, B5 and
C. Cranberries help increase cell turnover, and protect skin from environmental damage
such as cold winter weather.
1. Place ½ cup frozen cranberries, ¼ cup virgin coconut oil (or olive oil), ¼ cup
sugar and 2-3 tablespoons (or more) barley flour in a food processor.
2. Process all ingredients for approximately 20 seconds.
3. Wet your face with water and apply barley scrub. Gently massage with your fingertips
in circular motions for 30 seconds, focusing on areas where you've blackheads. Wash
off thoroughly with water. Pat your face dry with a soft towel. Then apply your favorite
toner and face cream to lock in moisture.
For use on your entire body, pay extra attention to rough, dry areas such as your
knees and elbows.
Aside from coffee grind and brown sugar, what else is good to exfoliate skin? Find
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