While red wine gets the applause for being loaded with resveratrol and other antioxidants, beer still hasn’t got its claim to fame. However, not many are aware that beer has enough and more nutrients in it that makes it very versatile for human consumption.
Nutrition wise, drinking beer can provide you lots of carbohydrates, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and other compounds such as polyphenols. All these render beer with effective antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties. That’s why it one of the handful of alcoholic beverages that can be used for the care of your hair and skin.1
Benefits Of Beer For Hair And Skin
- It rehydrates the skin.
- Fights acne-causing bacteria.
- Firms up skin by boosting its elasticity.
- Adds more bounce and volume to the hair.
5 Home Remedies Using Beer For Great Hair And Skin
1. Beer And Egg White Face Mask
This face mask uses the pore tightening properties of both beer and egg white. Apply it twice a week on clean skin for best results.
- 1 tablespoon of beer
- 1 egg white
- 3 drops of almond oil
Add the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until the egg whites are all fluffed up. Apply it evenly over the skin and wash it off on drying to reveal skin that looks refreshed.
2. Beer, Lemon, Honey, And Olive Oil Face Pack
This face pack uses the skin clarifying property of beer, oil control property of lime juice and the moisturizing effects of honey and olive oil. It is very beneficial for individuals who have oily skin and are prone to developing breakouts frequently.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil,
- 2 two tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of beer
Blend all the ingredients in a bowl and apply all over the face and neck. Massage gently for 15 minutes and rinse away with a mild cleanser and cold water. Do it twice a week at least.
3. Hair Strengthening Beer Rinse
If you have limp and lifeless hair, beer is what it needs! It has sugars like maltose and sucrose, silica, proteins, and vitamins that make it very beneficial for enhancing the health of your hair.
- 1-2 pints of beer depending upon the length of the hair.
Leave the beer out open for at least 2—3 hours so that it becomes flat. Wash the hair and scalp with a mild shampoo. Condition your hair only if it’s not oily. Douse the hair with beer and leave it on the hair for 5 minutes. Massage your scalp and the hair roots with mild pressure during this time. Rinse with cold water and use your regular conditioner. Do this at least once a week for best results.
4. Beer And Strawberry Scrub
The smooth and texture of strawberry, when combined with beer, acts as a natural exfoliant for the skin by removing dead skin cells.
- 3 ripe strawberries
- 1 teaspoon of beer
Mash the strawberries in a bowl and add a teaspoon of beer until a gel like consistency is reached. Apply it all over your face with special attention to the T-zone and chin. Massage gently for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.
5. Beer Soak For The Feet
Almost all of us pay the least amount of attention to the feet. Indulging your feet in an anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating beer soak weekly once is a great way to show them some love.
- 3 tablespoons of organic honey
- 1 cup of warm water
- Half cup of beer
Blend all the ingredients in a shallow tub or wide bowl. Soak your feet in it for 20 minutes and scrub with a pumice stone at the soles. Wash your feet with cold water after removing them from the tub.
Next time you look at a bottle of beer, don’t just follow popular stereotype and drink it but also add it to your beauty regimen. We bet you won’t be disappointed!
|↑1||Arranz, Sara, Gemma Chiva-Blanch, Palmira Valderas-Martínez, Alex Medina-Remón, Rosa M. Lamuela-Raventós, and Ramón Estruch. “Wine, beer, alcohol and polyphenols on cardiovascular disease and cancer.” Nutrients 4, no. 7 (2012): 759-781.|