- What are the benefits of using mustard oil on your skin
- Reduce tan and dark spots
- Improve skin tone
- Treating skin rashes and acne
- Cleanser and exfoliator
- How to apply mustard oil to skin
- Add it to a face mask
- Use as an exfoliator
- FAQs for mustard oil for skin
What are the benefits of using mustard oil on your skin
Mustard oil has several vitamins like A, B complex and E along with omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid. These ingredients help in hydration and prevent the damage caused by free radicals which eventually cause premature ageing. Mustard oil also encourages collagen production which is needed to keep your skin tight and youthful.
Reduce tan and dark spots
Rich in vitamins, mustard oil reduces our tan, lightens dark spots and controls hyperpigmentation. It also acts as a sunscreen preventing tanning and protecting your face from harmful UV rays.
Improve skin tone
Mustard oil is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids that are responsible for keeping the skin healthy and giving it a glow. Since it controls hyperpigmentation, it evens out one’s skin tone and prevents redness and irritation.
Treating skin rashes and acne
Mustard oil is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal and has been an age-old remedy for infections and rashes. It soothes hives caused by allergies and can also treat conditions like pimples and itching.
Cleanser and exfoliator
Mustard oil’s manifold benefits also include that of a natural cleanser for your face since it unclogs your pores and helps in exfoliating and nourishing your skin.
Mustard oil is the perfect moisturiser as it keeps your skin soft and supple owing to its composition of several vitamins and fatty acids.
How to apply mustard oil to skin
Thanks to its many benefits such as cleansing, treating acne and preventing free radicals, you can add mustard oil to your skincare routine. Here’s how you can go about applying it to your face.
You can directly apply mustard oil to your face to treat conditions like acne, rash, and signs of ageing.
Wash your face thoroughly with a nourishing facewash like Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Face Wash so that your skin is squeaky clean and your pores are open. Take a few drops of mustard oil with clean hands and apply to your face.
Massage your face gently and leave the oil on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Wash off the oil with cold water.
One can apply the oil daily if it is for a temporary affliction like stubborn acne or a rash till it's gone.
Add it to a face mask
Adding mustard oil to a face mask can further enrich the mask. A sandalwood face mask is perfect as it helps fight acne, scars and dark spots and is compatible with all skin types.
Wash, dry and prepare your face to apply the face mask.
Add a tablespoon of mustard oil, sandalwood powder and rose water to a bowl.
Squeeze a few drops of lemon into the paste and mix well.
Apply the paste to your face and let it dry.
After 10 to 15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.
One can apply this face mask twice a week.
Use as an exfoliator
Mustard oil is perfect to create an exfoliating scrub due to its cleansing properties.
Heat a couple of drops of mustard oil in a bowl for a minute or two.
After turning off the flame, add a teaspoon of turmeric (haldi), yoghurt and gram flour (besan).
Squeeze a couple of drops of lemon juice into the concoction and mix well till a paste of even consistency is formed.
Scrub the paste on your skin gently for five to 10 minutes.
Leave it on for another 15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. You can finish it off with a light moisturizer like the Pond’s Super Light Gel.
Use the scrub two to three times a week.
FAQs for mustard oil for skin
1) Can I leave mustard oil on my face overnight?
Yes, you can leave it overnight. In fact, this way, you can maximize the benefits of mustard oil as it is then fully absorbed by your skin.
2) What are the side effects of mustard oil on the face?
There are some side effects of mustard oil if we go overboard while using it. It contains erucic acid which is safe in small doses. And so, one should apply it in small quantities and under the advice of an expert. You can also do a patch test before applying the oil in case of an allergic reaction.
3) Can I apply mustard oil to my face every day?
No, you should not apply the oil every day since it contains erucic acid which can be toxic only if ingested in large amounts. If you are using the oil for a pimple or rash, apply it daily for 10 minutes till it is gone. For other treatments like anti-ageing and exfoliating, use the oil two to three times a week.
4) Does mustard oil turn your skin dark?
No, mustard oil does not cause your skin to turn dark. When applied, it gives a healthy glow and reduces your tan and blemishes.