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The Peanut Butter Face Mask: Does It Really Work?

The Peanut Butter Face Mask: Does It Really Work?Women have been using homemade recipes for years that require the use of regular, everyday ingredients found around the house and the kitchen. The latest phenomenon that many teen girls swear by is the use of peanut butter as a facial mask. What is the idea behind it and is it even a good idea to begin with?


It isn’t new to try adding food to your face for a better complexion. Honey, milk, oatmeal, lemon and a score of other household ingredients that are normally eaten have been the secret behind flawless complexions since forever. Now peanut butter has been the latest ingredient to hop off the plate and onto your face.


Aside from tasting good, peanut butter has been found to have some health benefits, such as preventing cardiovascular disease, providing excellent sources of protein, vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, dietary fiber, and being rich in the antioxidant p-coumaric acid.


The idea of using peanut butter as a homemade facial mask has caught on with teens all over, many posting “before and after” photos and sharing their experiences with the peanut butter mask online. According to those who successfully use the mask, natural, creamy peanut butter is the best kind to use. This facial mask can be used once to twice a week to rid the face of impurities, as traditional facial masks do. After cleansing, apply a spoonful of creamy peanut butter (brand does not matter) liberally to your entire face, avoiding the eye area. Allow the mask to dry and when the skin feels tight or the mask starts to crack, use your fingers to remove the peanut butter mask, using slow and circular motions with your fingers. Afterwards, rinse your face off with warm water and towel dry.


Before you rush to your refrigerator, it is important to know that the peanut butter mask has not worked wonders for everyone. For every success story found online, there is a horror story. Many girls reported breaking out shortly after using the mask, while others say the peanut butter mask only worked for a short period of time before their skin returned to its regular state.


Those with certain skin types should be cautious of trying this mask. It goes without saying that those with allergies to peanuts are definitely not recommended to use the peanut butter mask. If you believe your skin is tough enough to handle this mask, do a patch test first to see how your skin reacts. If you begin to break out, wash the mask off immediately. Talk to your doctor before trying the mask to see if he/she has any opinion on how it may react with your skin.


The reviews for the peanut butter mask are mixed but for those who have had good experiences, embracing peanut butter has become a regular part of their skin care regimen. There are even recipes for peanut butter as a cold cream and exfoliating scrub. Whether you’re a peanut butter mask advocate or not, it is highly likely that when the fascination with the peanut butter has faded, another household ingredient will take its place.


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