That beetroot is high on the nutritional side is understood. However, the same vegetable, which is high in iron and vitamins, also finds multiple uses in your beauty routine.
From making your cheeks rosy to adding highlights to your hair; beetroots play a major role as a recipe to your skin and hair care. So, let us have a look at the surprising beauty benefits this super-food has to offer.
#1. Gives a bright and pink complexion
Beetroot extracts on your face can give you a natural blush and rosy cheeks. And also, it’s a safer bet than the beauty products induced with harmful chemicals. Beetroot contains Vitamin C that prevents skin pigmentation, thereby providing a fairer complexion. Beet is also a rich source of iron, phosphorus and protein, which in unison give you a healthy and pinkish skin.
Method: Drinking the juice is one option as it clears the blood and body off the toxins. Also, applying this juice on skin helps flake off the dead cells accumulated onto the skin.
Grate a beetroot slice and apply on your entire face and neck. Leave this for 10-15 minutes before washing it off. If used regularly, this mask will give you a natural pinkish glow. You can also boil the beetroot to make a paste.
#2. Cures dark circles
Dark circles and puffy eyes are a very common problem in today’s lightning-fast life. Well, with this soothing agent, you can do away with that oh-so-exhausted look and dull appearance. Beetroot is an amazing source of antioxidants, which have skin revitalising effects. Regularly applying beetroot juice will not only fade away the dark circles and relieve eye bags, but will also retrieve you from the stress at home or work.
Method: Take a cotton ball and soak it in beetroot juice mixed with honey and milk. Close your eyes to give a nice coating all over, including the eyelids. Leave for 10 minutes and wash off with cold water.
#3. Lightens dark lips
If your lips are flaky, chapped or losing their moisture; beetroot is ‘the solution’. It not only makes your lips naturally appealing, but healthier too. Beetroot acts as a natural reddish stain which gives a rosy colour to your pretty pout.
Method: Apply a generous amount of beetroot juice onto your lips. You can also mix grated beet with sugar to exfoliate your lips. This will remove all dead skin and dark stains (caused due to coffee, tea, smoking etc.) and leave your lips soft and luscious.
#4. Prevents hair loss
Mineral deficiency is by far the most common cause of hair loss, and beetroot fixes that. High in potassium, electrolytes and iron, it helps repair the limp and lifeless hair and reduces the chances of breakage. In short, beetroot provides all the essential minerals and nutrients required to tackle hair fall and damage.
Method: You can try beetroot as a hair mask as well as hair rinse. Both the processes have equal impact to improve the overall health of the hair. For hair wash, you can warm the juice to a comfortable temperature and work it through your hair till the roots. Whereas, for hair mask you can mix ground coffee seeds with beetroot juice or pulp. The same mixture also works as a good hair conditioner. Just, rub the paste well before you shampoo your hair. Your hair will emerge smooth and lustrous.
#5. Gives a smooth silky skin
Beetroot is a natural remedy to make your skin butter-smooth and silky, and that too without any greasy feel. Being rich in iron and carotenoids, beetroot seeps in moisture into the pores and innermost layers of your skin. Hence, there is no way you can have dry and parched skin if you regularly use this magic product.
Method: All you need to do is grind one beetroot with two spoons of curd. You can also add little almond oil to this mix. Apply the mixture to your face or body. Massage and then leave the paste for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and feel the change.
#6. Prevents wrinkles
Beetroot can help you have an ageless beauty that you have secretly dreamt of always. Packed with anti-oxidants, beetroot is very helpful in warding off the early signs of ageing and fine lines. Lycopene and squalene present in beetroot increase the skin’s elasticity and prevent sagging skin, thereby giving you a younger looking skin.
Method: Mix a little bit of beetroot juice with honey and milk. Apply it as a thick coating on your face at least once or twice a week consistently. This homemade mask will lessen the wrinkles on your face and give you a natural, youthful glow.
#7. Treats dandruff
Fungal infection and dry scalp, which are the main causes of dandruff, can be dealt naturally with beetroot. Enzymatic properties of beet reduce flaking and eliminate dandruff-causing bacteria. Also, silica present in beet moisturises the scalp and keeps fungi away, leaving your hair soft and shiny.
Method: Just add vinegar or neem water with beetroot juice and apply on your hair. Later, wash it off with shampoo. The process is effective in treating itchy dandruff and making your hair soft and manageable.
#8. Provides acne and pimple free skin
Oily skin is often considered the root cause of acne, zits and pimples. However, using beetroot, you can control the factor that causes acne breakouts. It removes the excess oil that gets trapped in the pores, thereby giving you an acne-free skin. It also soothes itching and inflammation around the pimples as it is antiseptic and anti-microbial.
Method: Mix beetroot juice with tomato juice in equal proportion and apply it onto your face. Leave it to dry for at least 15 minutes. Wash it off to have a positive result on those stubborn blemishes. It also removes blackheads and whiteheads.
#9. Can dye your hair red
Beetroot can well be used to dye your hair that would sparkle wine-red in the sun. Yes, beet is a great way to add a temporary tint to your locks. And this is something you can't go wrong with, because it's all natural. Betacyanin pigment in beetroot can heavily stain just anything hence makes for a good hair dye. Also, those who feel awkward about the greys can now cover the strands naturally. So, get ready to give your hair a subtle and vivid boost; depending on the closest shade to your natural hair color.
Method: You can mix half a cup of carrot juice with half a cup of beetroot juice. Pour the entire solution over your hair rubbing the strands slowly with other hand. Allow the juice to remain on your hair for an hour or two. This will leave your hair with a reddish or purplish hue. Repeat as often as necessary to achieve the colour you want.
Note- The shade you achieve depends on the work you do to strengthen the colour, for example, repeating the process in a row to achieve darker shades. Also, you have to take extra measures while applying a beetroot mix. Opt for a grassy area, wear rough clothes and hand gloves to avoid staining your bathroom, clothes and hands respectively.
Beetroot as we all know hardly has any side effects, but do check yourself for any allergy or side effects by doing a patch test. Also, we could see that its cosmetic benefits are heavily surprising but its nutritional values have always been appreciated. So, make sure that you incorporate it into your diet as well. Then, you will really see what magic this underrated veggie can do for you.