When it comes to skincare routines, onions are not the first thing that comes to mind. I mean, we use onions to cook different tasty meals. For the foodies who visit Suya University across Nigeria, we love that extra bit of onion in our suya. However, using onion is far more than that.
According to Healthline, onions contain vitamin C, and we all know that this helps to keep the skin healthy and fresh. If you have been looking for something expensive to help with your acne and skin conditions, you need to tone it down a little. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of applying onions to skin.
Benefits of applying onions to your face
One of the major problems most women experience when it comes to skin preservation here in Nigeria is exposure to sunlight. Most women apply sunscreen and then forget to apply more after a while. The use of onion can help combat this as onion contains flavonoids, which protects skin cells from sun damage. It also contains antioxidants and other healthy vitamins (vitamins A, C, and E) which protect the skin.
If you want your skin to look brighter, then all you need to do is continuously applying onion to your skin. It might seem so simple, but it is true. One thing that makes your skin look dull is the accumulation of dead cells, something that the application of onion helps to clear. The availability of vitamin C in onion helps to remove dead skin cells while regenerating new ones. This means fewer skin breakouts and a clearer complexion.
Reduce scars and inflammation
Due to certain lifestyle habits like smoking, coming into contact with air pollutants, and infections, we have a lot of free radicals in our body, which leads to skin inflammation. Onion contains quercetin, a substance that fights inflammation and heals the skin. With constant application to the skin, you can easily clear skin scars and keep your skin looking fresh.
Onions contain sulfur-rich phytochemicals that help in combating damage caused by free radicals that cause the skin to degrade quickly and age it. Applying onion juice on the skin on a regular basis can delay signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles and protect the skin from free radicals.
Bacteria infection of the skin leads to all sorts of skin inflammation. This manifests as acne and other skin conditions. Onions feature a variety of sulphur compounds that have antibacterial activity. Onion helps to nullify skin bacteria that could lead to these conditions, ensuring that you have smooth and clear skin without any problems.
How do I apply onion to my face?
So, now that you’re convinced that onions obviously benefit your skin, you’re probably wondering how you can apply them on your skin. Here are some of the steps to properly applying onions to your face.
1. Blend a bulb of onion.
2. While it is still blending, add a few drops of lemon juice to the mix.
3. Once it is properly blended, you can apply the mix to your face and leave it to dry.
4. Once it is dry, wash it off with clean water and watch your skin blossom.
5. If you are looking to brighten your skin, you can make a mask.
6. All you need to do is add cooked oatmeal to this mix and a tablespoon of honey, and you have the perfect mask.
7. Apply and leave the mask on your face for 15 minutes before washing it off with water.
8. This will not only nourish your skin from the outside but from the inside as well.